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Title: Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers

Abstract

The authors have developed several different types of tools for sampling from sealed containers. These tools allow the user to rapidly drill into a closed container, extract a sample of its contents (gas, liquid, or free-flowing powder), and permanently reseal the point of entry. This is accomplished without exposing the user or the environment to the container contents, even while drilling. The entire process is completed in less than 15 seconds for a 55 gallon drum. Almost any kind of container can be sampled (regardless of the materials) with wall thicknesses up to 1.3 cm and internal pressures up to 8 atm. Samples can be taken from the top, sides, or bottom of a container. The sampling tools are inexpensive, small, and easy to use. They work with any battery-powered hand drill. This allows considerable safety, speed, flexibility, and maneuverability. The tools also permit the user to rapidly attach plumbing, a pressure relief valve, alarms, or other instrumentation to a container. Possible applications include drum venting, liquid transfer, container flushing, waste characterization, monitoring, sampling for archival or quality control purposes, emergency sampling by rapid response teams, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and treaty verification, and use by law enforcement personnel during drug ormore » environmental raids.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOD (US)
OSTI Identifier:
759326
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-98-4495
TRN: US0004333
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Waste Management '99 Conference, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/28/1999--03/04/1999; Other Information: PBD: 28 Feb 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 42 ENGINEERING; CONTAINERS; DRILLING; DRILLS; SAMPLING; TOOLS; USES; SEALS; SAMPLERS

Citation Formats

Johnston, R.G., Garcia, A.R.E., Martinez, R.K., and Baca, E.T. Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Johnston, R.G., Garcia, A.R.E., Martinez, R.K., & Baca, E.T. Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers. United States.
Johnston, R.G., Garcia, A.R.E., Martinez, R.K., and Baca, E.T. Sun . "Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/759326.
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abstractNote = {The authors have developed several different types of tools for sampling from sealed containers. These tools allow the user to rapidly drill into a closed container, extract a sample of its contents (gas, liquid, or free-flowing powder), and permanently reseal the point of entry. This is accomplished without exposing the user or the environment to the container contents, even while drilling. The entire process is completed in less than 15 seconds for a 55 gallon drum. Almost any kind of container can be sampled (regardless of the materials) with wall thicknesses up to 1.3 cm and internal pressures up to 8 atm. Samples can be taken from the top, sides, or bottom of a container. The sampling tools are inexpensive, small, and easy to use. They work with any battery-powered hand drill. This allows considerable safety, speed, flexibility, and maneuverability. The tools also permit the user to rapidly attach plumbing, a pressure relief valve, alarms, or other instrumentation to a container. Possible applications include drum venting, liquid transfer, container flushing, waste characterization, monitoring, sampling for archival or quality control purposes, emergency sampling by rapid response teams, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and treaty verification, and use by law enforcement personnel during drug or environmental raids.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Sun Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 1999},
month = {Sun Feb 28 00:00:00 EST 1999}
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