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Method and apparatus for continuous fluid leak monitoring and detection in analytical instruments and instrument systems

United States Patent

July 13, 2010
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A method and device are disclosed that provide for detection of fluid leaks in analytical instruments and instrument systems. The leak detection device includes a collection tube, a fluid absorbing material, and a circuit that electrically couples to an indicator device. When assembled, the leak detection device detects and monitors for fluid leaks, providing a preselected response in conjunction with the indicator device when contacted by a fluid.
Weitz; Karl K. (Pasco, WA), Moore; Ronald J. (West Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
11/ 936,989
November 8, 2007
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC05-76RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.