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Dissolution actuated sample container

United States Patent

March 26, 2013
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A sample collection vial and process of using a vial is provided. The sample collection vial has an opening secured by a dissolvable plug. When dissolved, liquids may enter into the interior of the collection vial passing along one or more edges of a dissolvable blocking member. As the blocking member is dissolved, a spring actuated closure is directed towards the opening of the vial which, when engaged, secures the vial contents against loss or contamination.
Nance; Thomas A. (Aiken, SC), McCoy; Frank T. (Barnwell, SC)
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
12/ 735,317
January 23, 2009
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-96SR18500 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.