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Alpha-environmental continuous air monitor inlet

United States Patent

March 11, 2003
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A wind deceleration and protective shroud that provides representative samples of ambient aerosols to an environmental continuous air monitor (ECAM) has a cylindrical enclosure mounted to an input on the continuous air monitor, the cylindrical enclosure having shrouded nozzles located radially about its periphery. Ambient air flows, often along with rainwater flows into the nozzles in a sampling flow generated by a pump in the continuous air monitor. The sampling flow of air creates a cyclonic flow in the enclosure that flows up through the cylindrical enclosure until the flow of air reaches the top of the cylindrical enclosure and then is directed downward to the continuous air monitor. A sloped platform located inside the cylindrical enclosure supports the nozzles and causes any moisture entering through the nozzle to drain out through the nozzles.
Rodgers; John C. (Santa Fe, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
09/ 930,348
August 15, 2001
The present invention generally relates to continuous air monitors used for protection of individuals against radioactivity and, more specifically, to a continuous air monitor having shrouded inlets for interfacing between the ambient air and the input of the air monitor. This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.