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High temperature cooling system and method

United States Patent

7,147,823
December 12, 2006
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A method for cooling a heat source, a method for preventing chemical interaction between a vessel and a cooling composition therein, and a cooling system. The method for cooling employs a containment vessel with an oxidizable interior wall. The interior wall is oxidized to form an oxide barrier layer thereon, the cooling composition is monitored for excess oxidizing agent, and a reducing agent is provided to eliminate excess oxidation. The method for preventing chemical interaction between a vessel and a cooling composition involves introducing a sufficient quantity of a reactant which is reactive with the vessel in order to produce a barrier layer therein that is non-reactive with the cooling composition. The cooling system includes a containment vessel with oxidizing agent and reducing agent delivery conveyances and a monitor of oxidation and reduction states so that proper maintenance of a vessel wall oxidation layer occurs.
Loewen; Eric P. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 123,391
20030194345
April 15, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with United States Government support under contract number DE-AC07-99ID13727, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights to the invention.