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Pneumatic conveyance apparatus and process

United States Patent

May 4, 2010
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A pneumatic nozzle capable of removing dry solid debris, liquids, and mixtures of solid and liquid waste is provided. The pneumatic nozzle uses a pressurized gas stream to push materials through the nozzle. The force of a pressurized gas stream provides a partial vacuum to allow material to be introduced into an opening of a nozzle via a slight suction force. Thereafter, individual particles and materials introduced into the pneumatic nozzle are pushed by a stream of pressurized gas through the nozzle.
Heckendorn; Frank M. (Aiken, SC), Matzolf; Athneal D. (Martinez, GA), Hera; Kevin R. (North Augusta, SC)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
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August 29, 2005
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC0996-SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.