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Soil separator and sampler and method of sampling

United States Patent

February 16, 2010
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Soil Separator and Sampler and Method of Sampling
A soil sampler includes a fluidized bed for receiving a soil sample. The fluidized bed may be in communication with a vacuum for drawing air through the fluidized bed and suspending particulate matter of the soil sample in the air. In a method of sampling, the air may be drawn across a filter, separating the particulate matter. Optionally, a baffle or a cyclone may be included within the fluidized bed for disentrainment, or dedusting, so only the finest particulate matter, including asbestos, will be trapped on the filter. The filter may be removable, and may be tested to determine the content of asbestos and other hazardous particulate matter in the soil sample.
O'Brien; Barry H. (Idaho Falls, ID), Ritter; Paul D. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 695,650
April 3, 2007
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05-ID14517 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.