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Apparatus and method for rapid separation and detection of hydrocarbon fractions in a fluid stream

United States Patent

January 22, 2013
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An apparatus and method for rapid fractionation of hydrocarbon phases in a sample fluid stream are disclosed. Examples of the disclosed apparatus and method include an assembly of elements in fluid communication with one another including one or more valves and at least one sorbent chamber for removing certain classifications of hydrocarbons and detecting the remaining fractions using a detector. The respective ratios of hydrocarbons are determined by comparison with a non separated fluid stream.
Sluder; Charles S. (Knoxville, TN), Storey; John M. (Oak Ridge, TN), Lewis, Sr.; Samuel A. (Andersonville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 840,341
July 21, 2010
STATEMENT AS TO INVENTION RIGHTS UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This disclosure arose in the performance of Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between UT-Battelle, LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention described herein.