Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers

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The authors have developed several different types of tools for sampling from sealed containers. These tools allow the user to rapidly drill into a closed container, extract a sample of its contents (gas, liquid, or free-flowing powder), and permanently reseal the point of entry. This is accomplished without exposing the user or the environment to the container contents, even while drilling. The entire process is completed in less than 15 seconds for a 55 gallon drum. Almost any kind of container can be sampled (regardless of the materials) with wall thicknesses up to 1.3 cm and internal pressures up to ... continued below

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Johnston, R.G.; Garcia, A.R.E.; Martinez, R.K. & Baca, E.T. February 28, 1999.

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The authors have developed several different types of tools for sampling from sealed containers. These tools allow the user to rapidly drill into a closed container, extract a sample of its contents (gas, liquid, or free-flowing powder), and permanently reseal the point of entry. This is accomplished without exposing the user or the environment to the container contents, even while drilling. The entire process is completed in less than 15 seconds for a 55 gallon drum. Almost any kind of container can be sampled (regardless of the materials) with wall thicknesses up to 1.3 cm and internal pressures up to 8 atm. Samples can be taken from the top, sides, or bottom of a container. The sampling tools are inexpensive, small, and easy to use. They work with any battery-powered hand drill. This allows considerable safety, speed, flexibility, and maneuverability. The tools also permit the user to rapidly attach plumbing, a pressure relief valve, alarms, or other instrumentation to a container. Possible applications include drum venting, liquid transfer, container flushing, waste characterization, monitoring, sampling for archival or quality control purposes, emergency sampling by rapid response teams, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation and treaty verification, and use by law enforcement personnel during drug or environmental raids.

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INIS; OSTI as DE00759326

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  • Waste Management '99 Conference, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/28/1999--03/04/1999

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-98-4495
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 759326
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc710243

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Johnston, R.G.; Garcia, A.R.E.; Martinez, R.K. & Baca, E.T. Rapid Sampling from Sealed Containers, article, February 28, 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc710243/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.