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Title: Apparatus for unloading pressurized fluid

Abstract

An apparatus is described for unloading fluid, preferably pressurized gas, from containers in a controlled manner that protects the immediate area from exposure to the container contents. The device consists of an unloading housing, which is enclosed within at least one protective structure, for receiving the dispensed contents of the steel container, and a laser light source, located external to the protective structure, for opening the steel container instantaneously. The neck or stem of the fluid container is placed within the sealed interior environment of the unloading housing. The laser light passes through both the protective structure and the unloading housing to instantaneously pierce a small hole within the stem of the container. Both the protective structure and the unloading housing are specially designed to allow laser light passage without compromising the light's energy level. Also, the unloading housing allows controlled flow of the gas once it has been dispensed from the container. The external light source permits remote operation of the unloading device. 2 figures.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5221978
Patent Number(s):
5275214 A
Application Number:
PPN: US 7-967482
Assignee:
PTO; EDB-94-064893
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 28 Oct 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; GAS CYLINDERS; UNLOADING; REMOTE HANDLING EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; GAS FLOW; LASER RADIATION; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; OPERATION; PROCESS CONTROL; CONTAINERS; CONTROL; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; EQUIPMENT; FLUID FLOW; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; RADIATIONS; SAFETY; 420203* - Engineering- Handling Equipment & Procedures

Citation Formats

Rehberger, K.M. Apparatus for unloading pressurized fluid. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Rehberger, K.M. Apparatus for unloading pressurized fluid. United States.
Rehberger, K.M. Tue . "Apparatus for unloading pressurized fluid". United States.
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