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Evaluating a vessel for suitability for containing fluid

United States Patent

9,664,212
May 30, 2017
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A method for evaluating a vessel for suitability to contain a fluid includes providing a vessel and forming a polished surface portion of the vessel by removing oxidation and/or contaminants from a portion of the vessel. The method further includes applying a focused laser to the polished surface portion to form plasma on the polished surface portion, and determining whether the vessel is suitable for containing a fluid based on silicon content of the polished surface portion. The silicon content is estimated based on light emitted from the plasma.
Barefield, II; James E. (Los Alamos, NM), Judge; Elizabeth J. (Los Alamos, NM), Le; Loan A. (Los Alamos, NM), Lopez; Leon N. (Santa Cruz, NM), Beveridge; Andrew C. (Los Alamos, NM), Chapman; Daniel R. (Oakland, CA), Taylor; Seth T. (Fullerton, CA)
CHEVRON U.S.A. INC. (San Ramon, CA), LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
14/ 638,872
20160258815
March 4, 2015
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.