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Pyroprocessing (from Greek Πυρος = fire) is a process in which materials are subjected to high temperatures (typically over 800 °C) in order to bring about a chemical or physical change. Pyroprocessing includes such terms as ore-roasting, calcination and sintering. Equipment for pyroprocessing includes kilns, electric arc furnaces and reverberatory furnaces.
Cement manufacturing is a very common example of pyroprocessing. The raw material mix (raw meal) is fed to a kiln where pyroprocessing takes place. As with most industries, pyroprocessing is the most energy-intensive part of the industrial process.
Recycling used nuclear fuel through pyroprocessing
Argonne National Laboratory pioneered the development of pyrochemical processing, or pyroprocessing, a high-temperature method of recycling reactor waste into fuel. Today, Argonne National Laboratory researchers are developing and refining several pyroprocessing technologies for both light water and fast reactors, working to improve the technologies’ commercial viability by increasing their process efficiency and scalability.
- "Pyroprocess Development". Argonne National Laboratory. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
- "Pyroprocessing Technologies: Recycling used nuclear fuel for a sustainable energy future" (PDF). Argonne National Laboratory. 2012. p. 7. Retrieved 6 June 2016.