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Electrolytic oxide reduction system

United States Patent

April 28, 2015
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An electrolytic oxide reduction system according to a non-limiting embodiment of the present invention may include a plurality of anode assemblies, a plurality of cathode assemblies, and a lift system configured to engage the anode and cathode assemblies. The cathode assemblies may be alternately arranged with the anode assemblies such that each cathode assembly is flanked by two anode assemblies. The lift system may be configured to selectively engage the anode and cathode assemblies so as to allow the simultaneous lifting of any combination of the anode and cathode assemblies (whether adjacent or non-adjacent).
Wiedmeyer; Stanley G. (Glen Ellyn, IL), Barnes; Laurel A. (Chicago, IL), Williamson; Mark A. (Naperville, IL), Willit; James L. (Batavia, IL), Berger; John F. (Wilmington, NC)
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas LLC (Wilmington, NC)
12/ 978,027
December 23, 2010
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.