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MONITOR FOR MEASURING MERCURY EMISSIONS

United States Patent Application

20170038320
A1
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A mercury emissions monitor includes a mercury sensor tape configured to be fed in a reel-to-reel manner between first and second tape reels, wherein the mercury sensor tape includes a thin metallic film configured to form an amalgam with detected mercury. A mercury collection unit is configured to receive into a chamber a sample of a gas containing mercury, wherein the mercury collection unit is further configured to permit passage of portions of the mercury sensor tape through the chamber containing the gas sample so that the amalgam is formed with the thin metallic film. A mercury analysis unit includes a total reflection x-ray fluorescence ("TXRF") system configured to perform a TXRF analysis of the amalgam, wherein the mercury analysis unit is configured to permit passage of the mercury sensor tape within a proximity of an XRF detector of the TXRF system. The mercury collection unit and the mercury analysis unit are positioned between the first and second tape reels so that the mercury sensor tape can move in a continuous manner from the first tape reel through the chamber of the mercury collection unit, then within sufficient proximity to the XRF detector, to be then taken up onto the second tape reel.
Kumar, Nalin (Fort Worth, TX), Garcia, JR., Manuel Gerardo (Lexington, KY)
15/ 227,730
August 3, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with U.S. government support under Grant No. DE-SC0009651 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.