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Title: Identification of elemental mercury in the subsurface

Abstract

An apparatus and process is provided for detecting elemental mercury in soil. A sacrificial electrode of aluminum is inserted below ground to a desired location using direct-push/cone-penetrometer based equipment. The insertion process removes any oxides or previously found mercury from the electrode surface. Any mercury present adjacent the electrode can be detected using a voltmeter which indicates the presence or absence of mercury. Upon repositioning the electrode within the soil, a fresh surface of the aluminum electrode is created allowing additional new measurements.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1167022
Patent Number(s):
8,928,325
Application Number:
13/314,348
Assignee:
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC) SRNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2011 Dec 08
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 58 GEOSCIENCES

Citation Formats

Jackson, Dennis G. Identification of elemental mercury in the subsurface. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Jackson, Dennis G. Identification of elemental mercury in the subsurface. United States.
Jackson, Dennis G. Tue . "Identification of elemental mercury in the subsurface". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1167022.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus and process is provided for detecting elemental mercury in soil. A sacrificial electrode of aluminum is inserted below ground to a desired location using direct-push/cone-penetrometer based equipment. The insertion process removes any oxides or previously found mercury from the electrode surface. Any mercury present adjacent the electrode can be detected using a voltmeter which indicates the presence or absence of mercury. Upon repositioning the electrode within the soil, a fresh surface of the aluminum electrode is created allowing additional new measurements.},
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year = {Tue Jan 06 00:00:00 EST 2015},
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