electrolytic reduction of U3O8 powder was carried out
using LiCl-Li2O molten salt in a 20-kg U3O8
batch cell to verify the feasibility of the process. As the current passes the
cell, the decomposition of Li2O and the reduction of U3O8
occur simultaneously in a cathode assembly and oxygen gas evolvs at the anode.
The results from a 20-kg U3O8 scale cell were compared
with data obtained from a bench scale cell. The results suggest a successful
demonstration of this process, exhibiting a reduction conversion of U3O8
of more than 99% in a batch.