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Continuous recovery system for electrorefiner system

United States Patent

June 10, 2014
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A continuous recovery system for an electrorefiner system may include a trough having a ridge portion and a furrow portion. The furrow portion may include a first section and a second section. An inlet and exit pipe may be connected to the trough. The inlet pipe may include an outlet opening that opens up to the first section of the furrow portion of the trough. The exit pipe may include an entrance opening that opens up to the second section of the furrow portion of the trough. A chain may extend through the inlet and exit pipes and along the furrow portion of the trough. The chain may be in a continuous loop form. A plurality of flights may be secured to the chain. Accordingly, the desired product may be continuously harvested from the electrorefiner system without having to halt the electrical power and/or remove the cathode and anode assemblies.
Williamson; Mark A. (Naperville, IL), Wiedmeyer; Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), Willit; James L. (Batavia, IL), Barnes; Laurel A. (Chicago, IL), Blaskovitz; Robert J. (Lockport, IL)
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC (Wilmington, NC)
13/ 335,140
December 22, 2011
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The present invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-06CH11357, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.