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Evaluating a Vessel for Suitability for Containing Fluid

United States Patent Application

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A method for evaluating a vessel for suitability to contain a fluid includes providing a vessel and forming a polished surface portion of the vessel by removing oxidation and/or contaminants from a portion of the vessel. The method further includes applying a focused laser to the polished surface portion to form plasma on the polished surface portion, and determining whether the vessel is suitable for containing a fluid based on silicon content of the polished surface portion. The silicon content is estimated based on light emitted from the plasma.
Barefield, II, James E. (Los Alamos, NM), Judge, Elizabeth J. (Los Alamos, NM), Le, Loan A. (Los Alamos, NM), Lopez, Leon N. (Santa Cruz, NM), Beveridge, Andrew C. (Los Alamos, NM), Chapman, Daniel R. (Oakland, CA), Taylor, Seth T. (Fullerton, CA)
14/ 638,872
March 4, 2015
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.