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Title: Article separation apparatus and method for unit operations

Abstract

An apparatus and method are disclosed for separating articles from a group of articles. The apparatus includes a container for containing one or more articles coupled to a suitable fluidizer for suspending articles within the container and transporting articles to an induction tube. A portal in the induction tube introduces articles singly into the induction tube. A vacuum pulls articles through the induction tube separating the articles from the group of articles in the container. The apparatus and method can be combined with one or more unit operations or modules, e.g., for inspecting articles, assessing quality of articles, or ascertaining material properties and/or parameters of articles, including layers thereof.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176376
Patent Number(s):
7740424
Application Number:
11/355,608
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B07 - SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS B07B - SEPERATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS BY SIEVING, SCREENING, OR SIFTING OR BY USING GAS CURRENTS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Pardini, Allan F., Gervais, Kevin L., Mathews, Royce A., and Hockey, Ronald L. Article separation apparatus and method for unit operations. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Pardini, Allan F., Gervais, Kevin L., Mathews, Royce A., & Hockey, Ronald L. Article separation apparatus and method for unit operations. United States.
Pardini, Allan F., Gervais, Kevin L., Mathews, Royce A., and Hockey, Ronald L. Tue . "Article separation apparatus and method for unit operations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176376.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus and method are disclosed for separating articles from a group of articles. The apparatus includes a container for containing one or more articles coupled to a suitable fluidizer for suspending articles within the container and transporting articles to an induction tube. A portal in the induction tube introduces articles singly into the induction tube. A vacuum pulls articles through the induction tube separating the articles from the group of articles in the container. The apparatus and method can be combined with one or more unit operations or modules, e.g., for inspecting articles, assessing quality of articles, or ascertaining material properties and/or parameters of articles, including layers thereof.},
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