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Conformable pressure vessel for high pressure gas storage

United States Patent

January 12, 2016
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A non-cylindrical pressure vessel storage tank is disclosed. The storage tank includes an internal structure. The internal structure is coupled to at least one wall of the storage tank. The internal structure shapes and internally supports the storage tank. The pressure vessel storage tank has a conformability of about 0.8 to about 1.0. The internal structure can be, but is not limited to, a Schwarz-P structure, an egg-crate shaped structure, or carbon fiber ligament structure.
Simmons; Kevin L. (Kennewick, WA), Johnson; Kenneth I. (Richland, WA), Lavender; Curt A. (Richland, WA), Newhouse; Norman L. (Lincoln, NE), Yeggy; Brian C. (Lincoln, NE)
14/ 517,028
October 17, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The 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.