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MATERIAL SORTING SYSTEM

United States Patent Application

20170014868
A1
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A material sorting system sorts materials, such as scrap pieces composed of unknown metal alloys, as a function of their detected x-ray fluorescence. The x-ray fluorescence may be converted into an elemental composition signature that is then compared to an elemental composition signature of a reference material in order to identify and/or classify each of the materials, which are then sorted into separate groups based on such an identification/classification. The material sorting system may include an in-line x-ray tube having a plurality of separate x-ray sources, each of which can irradiate a separate stream of materials to be sorted.
Garcia, JR., Manuel Gerardo (Lexington, KY), Kumar, Nalin (Fort Worth, TX)
15/ 213,129
July 18, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with U.S. government support under Grant No. DE-AR0000422 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.