Image icon  Nuclear waste separation techniques: UREX+

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Description: Chemical Engineering Division (CMT) of Argonne National Laboratory first developed radionuclide separation technique, which was aqueous processing to separate uranium and plutonium from dissolved irradiated fuel. The next generation next-generation solvent-extraction method is UREX+. UREX+ is a four-step process designed to separate the components of light-water reactor fuel created by commercial reactors. The UREX+ process can minimize waste from today's commercial reactors. This image shows chemical engineer Monica Regalbuto and technician Mark Clark work on the UREX+ process in the hot cell. A series of centrifugal contactors can be seen in the hot cell.
Keywords: aqueous separation • nuclear fuel • nuclear waste • uranium • recycling
Categories: Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Properties > Chemical & biological > Chemical
Other topics > Environment
Created by: Argonne National Laboratory
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Date created: 04 November 2009
Date added: 03 February 2011
Resource ID: 3387