Atalante: mixers and settlers
The 'shielded process line' at the ATALANTE facility began a series of experiments in 2004 to demonstrate the technical feasibility of advanced partitioning of the minor actinides. To do this, the facility was given 15 kg of irradiated fuel. First the uranium and plutonium were partitioned and recovered separately, then the lanthanides and minor actinides were removed, and finally the americium and curium. Here you can see an array of mixer-settlers using extractant molecules for the extraction cycles.
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