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Flow through in situ reactors with suction lysimeter sampling capability and methods of using

United States Patent

November 17, 2009
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An in situ reactor for use in a geological strata includes a liner defining a centrally disposed passageway and a sampling conduit received within the passageway. The sampling conduit may be used to receive a geological specimen derived from geological strata therein and a lysimeter is disposed within the sampling conduit in communication with the geological specimen. Fluid may be added to the geological specimen through the passageway defined by the liner, between an inside surface of the liner and an outside surface of the sampling conduit. A distal portion of the sampling conduit may be in fluid communication with the passageway.
Radtke; Corey W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Blackwelder; D. Brad (Blackfoot, ID), Hubbell; Joel M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 424,004
June 14, 2006
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.