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Atomizing, continuous, water monitoring module

United States Patent

5,646,336
July 8, 1997
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A system for continuously analyzing volatile constituents of a liquid is described. The system contains a pump for continuously pumping the liquid to be tested at a predetermined flow rate into an extracting container through a liquid directing tube having an orifice at one end and positioned to direct the liquid into the extracting container at a flow rate sufficient to atomize the liquid within the extracting container. A continuous supply of helium carrier gas at a predetermined flow rate is directed through a tube into the extracting container and co-mingled with the atomized liquid to extract the volatile constituents contained within the atomized liquid. The helium containing the extracted volatile constituents flows out of the extracting container into a mass spectrometer for an analysis of the volatile constituents of the liquid.
Thompson; Cyril V. (Knoxville, TN), Wise; Marcus B. (Kingston, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 644,887
May 10, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC05-840R21400 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. and the Government has certain rights in this Invention.