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Explosion proof vehicle for tank inspection

United States Patent

February 28, 2012
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An Explosion Proof Vehicle (EPV) having an interior substantially filled with an inert fluid creating an interior pressure greater than the exterior pressure. One or more flexible tubes provide the inert fluid and one or more electrical conductors from a control system to the vehicle. The vehicle is preferably used in subsurface tank inspection, whereby the vehicle is submerged in a volatile fluid.
Zollinger; William T. (Idaho Falls, ID), Klingler; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bauer; Scott G. (Idaho Falls, ID)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
12/ 051,952
March 20, 2008
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Battelle Energy Alliance.