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Ball assisted device for analytical surface sampling

United States Patent

9,176,028
November 3, 2015
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A system for sampling a surface includes a sampling probe having a housing and a socket, and a rolling sampling sphere within the socket. The housing has a sampling fluid supply conduit and a sampling fluid exhaust conduit. The sampling fluid supply conduit supplies sampling fluid to the sampling sphere. The sampling fluid exhaust conduit has an inlet opening for receiving sampling fluid carried from the surface by the sampling sphere. A surface sampling probe and a method for sampling a surface are also disclosed.
ElNaggar; Mariam S. (Indianapolis, IN), Van Berkel; Gary J. (Oak Ridge, TN), Covey; Thomas R. (Richmond Hill, CA)
UT-BATTELLE, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN), DH TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT PTE. LTD (Singapore, SG)
13/ 644,941
20140096624
October 4, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.