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SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR EVALUATING FRACTURE NETWORKS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A technique facilitates the study of complex fracture networks. A slot manifold is constructed with a system of branched thin channels, e.g. slots, which are joined at intersections. Fluid is flowed through the system of branched thin channels and through an intersection or intersections joining the channels in a manner which enables evaluation of fluid flow. A flow distribution device is used to allow or block flow of the fluid along specific branches of the system of branched thin channels to facilitate evaluation of fluid flow as a fluid moves through various angular changes and/or flow gap width changes from one channel to another.



INTEGRATED MEMS SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a 3D System (“3DS”) MEMS architecture that enables the integration of MEMS devices with IC chips to form a System on Chip (SoC) or System in Package (SiP). The integrated MEMS system comprises at least one MEMS chip, including MEMS transducers, and at least one IC chip, including not only MEMS processing circuitry, but also additional/auxiliary circuitry to process auxiliary signals. The MEMS chip can include first and second insulated conducting pathways. The first pathways conduct the MEMS-signals between the transducers and the IC chip, for processing; and the second conducting pathways can extend through the entire thickness of the MEMS chip, to conduct auxiliary signals, such as power, RF, I/Os, to the IC chip, to be processed the additional circuitry.



INTEGRATED PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR FOR DETECTING IN-PLANE FORCES, SUCH AS SHOCKS, ACCELERATIONS, ROTATIONAL FORCES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The piezoelectric sensor is formed in a semiconductor material chip having a surface defining a plane and integrating a structure for sensing forces acting in the plane. The chip is formed by a substrate defining a cantilever having a first end, constrained to an anchorage portion of the substrate, and a second end, which is free to bend under the action of external forces. The cantilever has first and second longitudinal halves, each carrying a respective strip element of piezoelectric material, which extends parallel to the chip plane.



METHOD OF DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AT LEAST ONE CARTOGRAPHY TOKEN

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of determining the position of at least one fixed cartography token (10) of an automaton, the token (10) including a base (11) having a lateral surface and an end face (14a), a stud (15) of smaller cross section than the base (11) projecting from the end face (14a) of the base (11), the stud (15) including an end face (16) opposite the base (11). The method is aimed in particular at deducing the coordinates (XO, YO, ZO) of at least one point (O) of the cartography token (10) with respect to a movable member.



Method for Determining the Bulk Modulus of Fuels

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for determination of the bulk modulus of fuels in a fuel system of a combustion engine (2) with a common rail injection system (6), with a high pressure volume (16) including the high pressure side of a high pressure pump (9) and a fuel accumulator (8) with injectors (7) for injection of fuel into the cylinders of the combustion engine. The method including: first determining the volume of the high pressure volume by supplying a fuel with a known bulk modulus to the fuel system and by controlling the high pressure pump (9) so that it performs a pump stroke with the volume of the high pressure volume closed. The value of the determined volume is later used with another fuel in order to determine the latter fuel's bulk modulus.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING CONTAMINATIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for monitoring contaminations includes a moisture-containing chilating gas supply adapted to provide a moisture-containing chilating gas mixing with a purge gas evacuated from a chamber, a cooling device adapted to condense a mixed gas comprising the moisture-containing chilating gas and the purge gas into a droplet, an impinger adapted to collecting the droplet on a sampling tube wall and in the mixed gas, and a conductivity meter. The droplet is dissolved in a DI water in the impinger, and the conductivity meter measures a conductivity of a fluid including the droplet and the DI water in the impinger. The fluid with contaminations has higher conductivity than that without contaminations, such that the polluted chamber can be selected.



AUTOMATED FLUID HANDLING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Automated fluid handling system comprising a housing and two or more fluid handling units arranged as interchangeable modular components with an external fluidics section and an internal non fluidics section, and wherein the housing comprises a liquid handling panel with two or more of component positions for receiving said interchangeable modular components such that the external fluidics section is separated from the non fluidics section by the liquid handling panel.



AUTOMATED FLUID HANDLING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Automated fluid handling system comprising a housing and two or more fluid handling units arranged as interchangeable modular components with an external fluidics section and an internal non fluidics section, and wherein the housing comprises a liquid handling panel with two or more of component positions for receiving said interchangeable modular components such that the external fluidics section is separated from the non fluidics section by the liquid handling panel.



Method and Apparatus for Preconcentrating a Gaseous Sample

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for concentrating an analyte gas in a gas stream of an analytical system is provided. The system comprises at least one separation device, at least one gas inlet line, at least one detector, at least one gas outlet line, a first split line in connected to the gas inlet line, and a first split valve for controlling gas flow in the first split line. Also provided is a method for concentrating an analyte gas.



DEVICE FOR EXTRACTING A VOLATILE COMPONENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present application relates to a device for extracting volatile components from a sample. The device comprises a sample vessel for receiving the sample with a supply line and with a discharge line, wherein the sample vessel is closed in a gas-tight manner, and also a gas reservoir, which is connected to the supply line. Moreover, the device has a trap element, which is fluidically connected to the discharge line and which has at least one absorber material. The trap element is connected releasably to the discharge line, wherein the trap element has a gas outlet such that, when the trap element is connected to the discharge line, a gas from the gas reservoir can flow through said trap element.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EVALUATING POROSITIES INSIDE COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a method of evaluating porosities, firstly, an ultrasonic wave is input in a thickness direction of a composite material to an incident surface which is one of the surfaces of the composite material having a multi-layer structure, and a reflective wave (whole reflective wave) is received from the incident surface. Then, the time-frequency analysis for the received whole reflective wave is performed. Thus, the temporal change information of the reflective wave (interlayer reflective wave) included in the whole reflective wave and reflected on an interlayer interface of the multi-layer structure, is obtained. This change information is suitably used to evaluate a distribution of porosities in the thickness direction of the composite material.



Resonant Signal Analysis-Based Inspection

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A solution for evaluating the condition of a vehicle component based on resonant response profiles across a set of bands of vibrations. The vibrations can be induced into the target component during normal operation of the target component. The resonant response profile of the vehicle component can vary depending on wear or damage, and thus can be used to determine whether the vehicle component can safely remain in use. An embodiment comprises an isolated segment of rail of a length selected to allow a single railroad wheel on it at a time, with a set of devices which can induce specific vibrations into the wheel as it passes, and another set of devices which can acquire the resonance signals from the wheel.



Bond Inspection System and Method

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A bond inspection system may include a material that reacts to applied activation energy by creating a compression wave, the material positioned adjacent a surface of a structure having a bond to be inspected and shaped in a predetermined pattern, such that reaction of the material causes compression waves to travel through the surface and structure; a source of activation energy capable of directing the activation energy at the material; and a controller programmed to actuate the source of activation energy to direct the activation energy at discrete portions of the predetermined pattern of material in a predetermined sequence selected to create a plurality of the compression waves so that the compression waves reflect from an opposite side of the structure as a plurality of tension waves that combine at substantially the same time at a bondline of the structure to be inspected.



METHOD OF CALIBRATING A CONCENTRATION SENSOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for calibrating an ultrasonic sensor including a transducer, a reflector spaced a known distance from the transducer, and a memory. A water bath is heated to approximately fifty centigrade and the ultrasonic sensor is at least partially submerged in the water bath. When submerged, an ultrasonic wave is transmitted through a portion of the water bath from the transducer. The ultrasonic wave is transmitted toward the reflector and a reflected ultrasonic wave is received back at the transducer. A time of flight of the ultrasonic wave is measured. A calibration coefficient is determined based on the time of flight of the ultrasonic wave and an expected time of flight of the ultrasonic wave. The calibration coefficient is loaded into the memory of the ultrasonic sensor.



ULTRASOUND SCANNING SYSTEM, ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD FOR INSPECTING COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasound scanning assembly is configured to inspect a structure, such as a composite winglet of an aircraft. The ultrasound scanning assembly may include an outer ultrasound probe configured to be positioned on an outer surface of the structure. The outer ultrasound probe may include a phased array transducer having a plurality of transducer elements. An inner ultrasound probe may be configured to be positioned within the structure opposite from the outer surface. The inner ultrasound probe may include a single element transducer configured to receive ultrasound signals transmitted by the phased array transducer.



Detecting Damage in an Oilfield Mixing Device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Information relating to vibration of a rotating component of an oilfield mixing device is obtained. The oilfield mixing device is operable to blend oilfield materials while the rotating component rotates. Damage sustained by the rotating component is then determined based on the obtained information.



Ultrasonic Pipeline Inspection System and Method

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hollow structure like a pipeline is inspected using an array of ultrasound transmitters located within the hollow structure distributed over different radial directions from a center of the array. Parameters such as ellipticity, defining a shape and/or orientation of an inner surface of a wall of the hollow structure are first determined based on measured delays between transmission of ultrasound pulses from the transmitters to reception of first reflections of those ultrasound pulses. Parameters may be used that define an elliptically shaped cross-section of the inner wall surface for example. Next an ultrasound wavefront composed of joint transmissions from the transmitters along at least a sector of the array is transmitted, using relative time delays between waves transmitted by the respective ones of the transmitters to compensate for estimated differences between travel times from the transmitters to the shape defined by the parameters. Reflections of the joint transmissions are detected. The reflections may be detected by computing derivatives with respect to frequency of phase values of Fourier transforms of the reflected signals and detecting peaks in the size of the computed derivatives of the phase values.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC DETECTION TO DETECT FLAWS OF STEEL PLATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and a method for ultrasonic detection are provided. The apparatus includes an injection nozzle which is installed below a steel plate being transported and forms a medium column by jet a medium toward the steel plate, an ultrasonic probe which is installed in the injection nozzle and transmits and receives ultrasonic waves for detecting flaws in the steel plate through the medium column, and a medium circulation unit which reclaims the medium which falls from the medium column and circulates the reclaimed medium to the injection nozzle.



PHASED ARRAY SYSTEM FOR INSPECTION OF LASER WELDS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for non-destructively characterizing laser welds that includes at least one phased array probe that includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducer elements arranged in an array at one end of the probe, wherein the transducer elements are operative to both generate ultrasonic signals and to receive reflections thereof, wherein the transducer elements are further arranged into discrete subgroups, and wherein each subgroup may be activated independently of the other subgroups and at different time intervals; a combination of materials for allowing the probe to conform to a contoured surface of a laser weld while enabling sound energy to be transferred directly into a laser weld under test conditions, wherein the combination of materials further includes a flexible membrane mounted on the end of the probe and a fluid filled chamber material disposed between the membrane and the array of ultrasonic transducer elements; and a data processor in communication with the at least one phased array probe that includes software having at least one imaging algorithm for processing data received from the probe and generating color coded ultrasonic C-scan images of a characterized laser weld.



OPTIMAL SENSOR SELECTION AND FUSION FOR HEAT EXCHANGER FOULING DIAGNOSIS IN AEROSPACE SYSTEMS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method that determines whether a heat exchanger within a complex networked system is fouling is provided. The system and method includes training classifiers indicative of a plurality of fouling conditions associated with the heat exchanger and testing the classifiers with optimal sensor data from optimal sensors to determine whether the fouling is being experienced by the heat exchanger.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RESISTIVE-TYPE PARTICULATE MATTER SENSORS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are provided for reducing soot sensor electrode degradation in harsh chemical environment introduced as a result of desulfation of a lean NOx trap positioned upstream of the soot sensor. In one example, a method may include in response to the SOx load being higher than the threshold, prior to initiating desulfation of LNT, operating the soot sensor in a pre-desulfation mode where the negative electrode is connected to the positive electrode for a brief duration, while the positive electrode is disconnected from the positive electrode. However during desulfation, when H2S is released as a by-product, both the electrodes may be open, i.e. not connected to the positive electrode or ground, thereby reducing the possibility of sensor degradation.



DENSITY MONITOR WITH SEPARATE HOUSING PARTS AND MOUNTING METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Density monitor including an overall housing, which is divided into a measurement section housing part and a cable connection housing part.



High Temperature Densitometer Device and Steam Quality Measurement Method and Device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for measuring two-phase mixture quality in a fluid may include providing a densitometer with a densitometer body, a resonator tine, a drive transducer, and a pickup transducer. The method may also include exposing the resonator tine to the fluid and oscillating the resonator tine with the drive transducer. In addition, the method may include measuring the oscillation of the resonator tine with the pickup transducer, and determining a density of the fluid based on the measured oscillation of the resonator tine. The method may also include determining a two-phase mixture quality based on the determined density.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING WEAR OF A SCREED PLATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for monitoring a wear of a screed plate of a paving machine is disclosed. The system includes a sensor located on the screed plate. The sensor generates signals indicative of the wear of the screed plate. The system further includes a controller coupled to the sensor. The controller receives signals from the sensor and determines the wear of the screed plate based on the received signals.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HELMET LINER EVALUATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A helmet testing apparatus including a movable member, a sensor coupled to the movable member and configured to acquire compliance data regarding a liner disposed within a shell of a helmet through engagement of the sensor with the liner, and a processing circuit configured to determine a rating for the helmet based on the compliance data and predetermined compliance parameters for the helmet.



DEVICE FOR EXTRACTING VOLATILE COMPONENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present application relates to a device for extracting volatile components from a sample received in a sample vessel, wherein the sample vessel is closed in a gas-tight manner. The device moreover has a discharge line and a supply line, which protrude into the sample vessel. The supply line comprises a first valve with which a flow of gas through the supply line can be throttled and/or interrupted. A suction opening of a pump is fluidically connected to the discharge line via a first fluid line, such that the pressure conditions in the device can be controlled by the capacity of the pump and by the setting of the first valve. A second fluid line fluidically connects the supply line to an output opening of the pump, such that sample vessel, supply line, discharge line and pump form a closed gas circuit. A trap element with at least one sorption material is fluidically connected to the first fluid line or the second fluid line.



SYSTEMS FOR TESTING A COMPUTER KEYBOARD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TESTING DRILLING EFFICIENCY OF DRILL BIT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and a method for testing drilling efficiency of a drill bit, according to the present invention, calculate an amount of fractured rock according to a button arrangement, thereby obtaining an optimum button arrangement.



PIPE OUTER SURFACE INSPECTION APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pipe outer surface inspection apparatus. The apparatus may include a carriage adapted for turning on a pipe to be inspected and includes a pipe inspection head. The apparatus may include at least one of a surface profile gauge, coating thickness gauge, and coating holiday detector. The apparatus may include a pendulum encoder, a cable guard, and/or a magnetic fastener. Associated methods are also disclosed.



Method and Device Displaying Material Fatigue of Machine

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An objective of the present invention is to associate condition information, such as (a) a location in a movement section at which fatigue occurred, (b) a type of work or operation during which fatigue occurred, and (c) a type of natural phenomenon experienced when fatigue occurred, with machine fatigue occurring when a machine is moved or placed in a work environment, natural environment, or other condition and to visualize and display the machine fatigue. To achieve this objective, this device for displaying the material fatigue of a machine is characterized by being provided with a means for observing stress variation in a time series using a sensor correlated with the stress variation or stress of a machine, a means for detecting stress variation in a single cycle, and a means for detecting the time when the stress variation occurred, and by outputting or displaying the stress variation value and time of occurrence.



AUTOMATIC WHEEL BALANCE WEIGHT ATTACHING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosed provides an automatic wheel balance weight attaching system. The automatic wheel balance weight attaching system includes: a weight supplying apparatus supplying a balance weight; a weight cutting apparatus cutting the balance weight supplied from the weight supplying apparatus at a predetermined length; a wheel loading apparatus loading a wheel to a preset position; and a weight attaching apparatus attaching the cut balance weight to one side of an inner peripheral surface of the loaded wheel.



VACUUM PRESSURE GAUGE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vacuum pressure gauge is described herein. One apparatus includes an ion trap configured to trap antimatter therein in a vacuum chamber, and a controller configured to determine a lifetime of the antimatter trapped in the ion trap and determine a pressure in the vacuum chamber based, at least in part, on the determined lifetime of the antimatter.



MULTI-SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for forming a multi-sensor system includes forming an inertial sensor fixed electrode of an inertial sensor and a movable electrode of a pressure sensor on a first substrate having through silicon vias (TSVs). A second substrate is fusion bonded to a bonding layer on the first substrate. The second substrate and the bonding layer are patterned to form a transducer layer of the inertial sensor and a pressure sensor fixed electrode of the pressure sensor. The first substrate is etched to form a pressure sensor port aligned with the movable electrode. By simultaneously forming and monolithically integrating the inertial sensor and the pressure sensor into the multi-sensor system, the footprint of the multi-sensor system as well as the fabrication cost thereof is minimized.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A PRESSURE DROP ACROSS A FILTER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and apparatuses provided herein relate to a controller for determining a pressure differential across a fluid filter by receiving inlet pressure data regarding a pressure of the fluid upstream of the filtering element, receiving outlet pressure data regarding a pressure of the fluid downstream of the filtering element, receiving engine speed data regarding a speed of the engine, receiving temperature data regarding a temperature of the fluid, and determining a pressure drop across the filtering element based on the inlet pressure data, the outlet pressure data, the engine speed data, and the temperature data.



Capacitive pressure-measuring cell having at least one temperature sensor and pressure measurement method

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pressure sensor comprises an operating circuit and a pressure-measuring cell comprising a counter body (1), a measurement membrane (2), which is arranged on the counter body (1) and can be deformed by a pressure to be measured, and a capacitive transducer, which has at least one membrane electrode (7) arranged on the measurement membrane and at least one counter-body electrode (8, 9) arranged on the counter body (2), wherein the capacitance between the membrane electrode (7) and the counter-body electrode (8, 9) depends on a pressure-dependent deformation of the measurement membrane, wherein at least the membrane electrode (7) has a temperature-dependent impedance, wherein the operating circuit is designed to sense at least one capacitance between the at least one counter-body electrode and the at least one membrane electrode and to provide a pressure measurement value on the basis of at least one capacitance and to determine the impedance of the membrane electrode—particularly, the ohmic portion of the impedance of the membrane electrode.



3D STACKED PIEZORESISTIVE PRESSURE SENSOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) pressure sensor, thin and fragile bond wires that are used in the prior art to connect a MEMS pressure sensing element to an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for the input and output signals between these two chips are replaced by stacking the ASIC on the MEMS pressure sensing element and connecting each other using conductive vias formed in the ASIC. Gel used to protect the bond wires, ASIC and MEMS pressure sensing element can be eliminated if bond wires are no longer used. Stacking the ASIC on the MEMS pressure sensing element and connecting them using conductive vias enables a reduction in the size and cost of a housing in which the devices are placed and protected.



Object Detection and Management System and Method

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system has a plurality of pliable pressure sensitive sheets configured to be connected in series, and an electronic controller operatively coupled with the plurality of pressure sensitive sheets. The controller is configured to receive signals from the plurality of pressure sensitive sheets and determine the pressure applied to each of the pressure sensitive sheets based on signals it receives from the sheets.



MECHANICAL STRESS SENSOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Field of the Invention. This invention relates to technical diagnostics and nondestructive control of materials and can be used for the construction and operation of measuring devices, more specifically, mechanical stress sensors. Disclosure of the Invention. The technical result achieved by the invention is an increase the sensor functionality by making it capable of measuring signals caused by local mechanical loads and detecting various types of mechanical loads, e.g. tension, compression and torsion, as well as reducing the effect of noise and increasing the sensitivity.Said technical result is achieved as follows.The mechanical stress sensor disclosed herein comprises a rectangular plate of a polymer material. The top surface of the rectangular plate has a seat in the form of a centrally symmetric cavity where the detector is located.Inside the body of said rectangular plate, along the central longitudinal axis and parallel to the top and bottom planes, there is a magnetosensitive element based on a preliminary tensile amorphous ferromagnetic microwire.Said magnetosensitive element is located inside a differential measuring coil and connected to the first pair of contact pads via printed conductors.Said differential measuring coil is connected, via printed conductors, to the second pair of contact pads. Furthermore, both pairs of contact pads are located inside the cavity and connected to the detector.The detector comprises an alternating current source, a direct current source and a measuring coil signal amplifier. The alternating current source is connected to the magnetic field source. The direct current source is connected to the first pair of contact pads. The measuring coil signal amplifier input is connected to the second pair of contact pads, and the measuring coil signal amplifier output is connected to an analog to digital converter coupled with a personal computer.



MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND MEASUREMENT UNIT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a measurement system for evaluating an electronic apparatus that, when a vibrator of the electronic apparatus is pressed against the human ear, delivers a sound generated by vibration of the vibrator. The measurement system includes: an ear-shaped unit composed of an ear model simulating the human ear and an artificial ear canal portion constituting an artificial ear canal extending from the ear model; an artificial mandible portion disposed next to the artificial ear canal portion in the ear-shaped unit in a planar view; and a vibration detection unit that is disposed on a plane of the artificial mandible opposite to the ear model and detects and outputs vibration delivered to the artificial mandible portion.



Systems and Methods for Multiple-Code Continuous-Wave Distributed Accoustic Sensing

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and device for monitoring oil field operations with a fiber optic distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) that uses a continuous-wave fiber optic distributed acoustic sensor with a very small spatial sampling while being able to sense acoustic events that have a large bandwidth by employing a demodulation/decoding method utilizing multiple spread-spectrum codes.



Detection of Malfunction of Flow Monitoring System of Flow Control Apparatus

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Detection of fluid conditions in a section of tube of an administration set. A light source is positioned adjacent to the tube to transmit an infrared light through the tube and any fluid therein. A light sensor senses the infrared light transmitted through the tube and generates an output signal. A frequency of the output signal is a function of an intensity of the light transmitted through the tube. A processor receives and determines the frequency of the output signal, and compares the determined frequency to threshold frequency values to determine whether fluid is in the tube. The processor also monitors the generated output signal to determine if the frequency of the output signal changes over a predetermined period of time, and determines whether fluid is flowing in the tube as a function of the determined change in frequency.



VIBRATORY FLOWMETER AND METHODS AND DIAGNOSTICS FOR METER VERIFICATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vibratory flowmeter (5) for meter verification is provided, including meter electronics (20) coupled to the first and second pickoff sensors (170L, 170R) and coupled to a driver (180), with the meter electronics (20) configured to: vibrate the flowmeter assembly (10) in a single mode using the driver (180), determine a single mode current (230) of the driver (180) and determine first and second response voltages (231) generated by the first and second pickoff sensors (170L, 170R), respectively, compute frequency response functions for the determined first and second response voltages (231) from the determined single mode current (230), fit the generated frequency response functions to a pole-residue model, and verify proper operation of the vibratory flowmeter (5) using the meter stiffness value (216), residual flexibility (218), and the meter mass (240) in embodiments.



DETERMINING HEIGHT OF A LIQUID LEVEL INTERFACE IN A CONTAINER FROM ACOUSTIC SIGNAL OR ECHO TIME MEASUREMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasonic liquid level detector includes clamp-on transducers for a liquid level measurement by the clamp-on transducers instead of insertion type transducers. The ultrasonic liquid level detector measures a height of a liquid-liquid interface or a gas-liquid interface based on an acoustic attenuation of an acoustic pulse or a transit-time of the acoustic pulse using a pulse echo technique or a combination thereof.



FLUID CONTAINERS WITH INTEGRATED LEVEL SENSING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Electrodes are integrated into a container design for fluid level detection in the container. The electrodes have a conductive surface, and an adhesive backing may be attached opposite the conductive surface to secure the electrodes to the container. Electrical contact to each conducting surface is made to a detection circuit to obtain a fluid level. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag may be incorporated onto the container along with the level detection circuit to record the container history, such as last used time event, net evaporation during storage, re-suspension performance after storage, number of agitation cycles, instrument serial number, date opened/accessed, and other desirable information.



Detecting Apparatus and System for Detecting a Level of a Material in a Container

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for detecting a material in a container includes a sensor configured to be disposed at the container, and a control module coupled to the sensor. The control module is configured to: transmit a test signal to the sensor so as to enable the sensor to perform a detecting operation, to generate a response signal according to the detecting operation, and to transmit the response signal to the control module; and determine whether the container contains the material in vicinity of a location where the sensor is disposed.



SENSOR APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A sensor apparatus is provided for measuring characteristics of a wall of a structure and/or a medium in contact with the structure, wherein the sensor apparatus includes a transducer arrangement disposed at least partially around a planar or curved surface of a wall of the structure, or disposed over a region of a planar or curved surface of a wall of the structure. The sensor apparatus includes a transducer waveguide including at least one free distal end whereat one or more driver and/or receiver elements are mounted on one or more sides of the at least one free distal end. Moreover, the transducer arrangement is operable, when interrogating the structure to perform at least one of: switching between selected acoustic wave modes present in an acoustic wave propagation, steering an acoustic propagation direction of the acoustic wave propagation.



GAS FLOWMETER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A gas flowmeter includes: device body (1) which accommodates a fluid to be measured; inlet pipe (4) through which the fluid to be measured flows into device body (1); and outlet pipe (5) through which the fluid to be measured flows out from device body (1) through connecting pipe (7). The gas flow meter also includes: ultrasonic flow rate measuring unit (9) which has a first end side connected to outlet pipe (5) and performs flow rate measurement of the fluid to be measured which flows in ultrasonic flow rate measuring unit (9); and connecting pipe (7) which is disposed between ultrasonic flow rate measuring unit (9) and outlet pipe (5), and is connected to outlet pipe (5). The gas flow meter further includes support member (10) which supports a second end side of ultrasonic flow rate measuring unit (9).



SIMPLIFIED MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD AND TOOL FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A measurement device can be attached to an outer wall of a movable object or of a stationary object arranged in a flow of air in order to measure physical quantities. The measurement device includes a mounting which has recesses having an opening leading to the outside, sensors being provided in said recesses. The device includes a cavity into which the recesses lead and which contains a flexible printed circuit, to which the sensors are connected. The method for manufacturing such a device includes the following steps: attaching sensors to the flexible printed circuit; and attaching the flexible printed circuit provided with sensors to the mounting, the sensors being inserted into the recesses and the circuit being inserted into the cavity.



INTEGRATION ELEMENT FOR SEATING MEASURING EQUIPMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An integration element including a shaft and a housing, wherein the housing includes a passage for the shaft and the shaft includes connecting elements on the shaft ends which are accessible from outside the housing, these elements providing a rotationally-fixed connection to connecting shafts. The housing has at least one connection for fastening to a connection structure and the shaft together with the housing delimits a measuring equipment space for receiving measuring equipment. The housing is formed by at least two housing parts detachably connected to each other, said housing parts being designed to be separated around the full extent of their circumference surrounding the shaft to allow access to the measuring equipment space. The housing has bearing seats for shaft bearings and these shaft bearings support the shaft in a rotatable manner with respect to the housing.



FLICK SENSOR ASSEMBLY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses a flick sensor assembly. The flick sensor assembly comprises a bracket, a vibrating component and a liquid injecting device, wherein the vibrating component is pivotally mounted on the bracket; the liquid injecting device is configured to inject liquid onto the vibrating component. By injecting the liquid onto the vibrating component, the liquid from the liquid injecting device will wash and push the vibrating component of the flick sensor, such that the vibrating component of the flick sensor is not adhered and has enough restoring force. In this way, the vibrating component of the flick sensor is sensitive to the glass substrate, the detected signals can be transmitted, the downtime and maintenance time of the equipment can be reduced, and the yield rate of the product and the utilization rate of the equipment can be improved.



CIRCUIT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A circuit apparatus includes a voltage output circuit that outputs a first output voltage when a first current of first temperature characteristics flows in a resistance element, and a second output voltage when a second current of second temperature characteristics different from the first temperature characteristics flows in the resistance element, an A/D conversion circuit that outputs a first digital value by performing A/D conversion on the first output voltage, and outputs a second digital value by performing A/D conversion on the second output voltage, and a processing unit that obtains temperature data by digital calculation processing of the first digital value and the second digital value.



MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROLLING METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM FOR COMPUTER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mobile electronic device (e.g., a smartphone) includes an atmospheric pressure sensor, an acceleration sensor, and a controller. The atmospheric pressure sensor detects atmospheric pressure acting on the mobile electronic device. The acceleration sensor detects acceleration acting on the mobile electronic device. The controller detects traveling of the device on the basis of the acceleration. The controller calculates a change in an altitude of the device by correcting a change in the atmospheric pressure observed while the device is traveling, on the basis of a change in the atmospheric pressure observed while the device is not traveling.



METHOD OF OPTIMIZING SUPERCHARGER PERFORMANCE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of optimizing performance of a supercharger for a given application includes determining a desired pressure ratio of supercharger operation for the given application. One of a rotor lead and a rotor speed can be determined based on the given application. The other of the rotor lead and the rotor speed can be determined based on the pressure ratio and the one of the rotor lead and rotor speed. According to other features, the other of the rotor lead and the rotor speed can be determined based on a peak efficiency map.



Compressor Having Oil-Level Sensing System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A compressor includes a shell, a first temperature sensor, a second temperature sensor, and a control module. The shell includes a motor, a compression mechanism and a lubricant sump. The first temperature sensor is at least partially disposed within the shell and configured to measure a first temperature of a lubricant at a first position. The second temperature sensor is at least partially disposed within the shell and configured to measure a second temperature of the lubricant at a second position that is vertically higher than the first position. The control module is in communication with the first and second temperature sensors and configured to determine a first difference between the first temperature and the second temperature. The control module is configured to determine whether a liquid level of the lubricant in the lubricant sump is below a predetermined level based on the first difference.



AIR INLET SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An air inlet system for an internal combustion engine comprising an air inlet duct which has an upstream end including an opening and a downstream end for connection to an air flow control component and further comprising a mass air flow sensor assembly, the mass air flow sensor being located closer to the downstream end than the upstream end.



METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR MONITORING PRESSURE IN A CRANKCASE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and a control device for monitoring the pressure in a crankcase of an internal combustion engine. The desired values for the pressure in the crankcase are defined for a plurality of operating points of the internal combustion engine. Furthermore, at least one of the defined desired pressure values is modified during operation of the internal combustion engine.



EXHAUST GAS MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND EXHAUST GAS MEASUREMENT METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In order to secure the dilution ratio accuracy of diluted exhaust gas while making it possible to accurately measure the mass of PM, an exhaust gas measurement system that has a diluted exhaust gas flow path through which the diluted exhaust gas produced by diluting exhaust gas flows and collects particulate matter in the diluted exhaust gas by a filter provided in the diluted exhaust gas flow path for measurement is adapted to include a bypass flow path that branches from the upstream side of the filter in the diluted exhaust gas flow path and merges with the downstream side of the filter; and a separation flow rate control part that while flowing the diluted exhaust gas through the filter, controls the separation flow rate of the diluted exhaust gas flowing through the bypass flow path.



Downhole Filtrate Contamination Monitoring

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method includes operating a downhole acquisition tool in a wellbore in a geological formation. The wellbore or the geological formation, or both, contains first fluid that includes a native reservoir fluid of the geological formation and a contaminant. The method also includes receiving a portion of the first fluid into the downhole acquisition tool and determining a plurality of properties of the portion of the first fluid using the downhole acquisition tool. The plurality of properties includes a mass fraction of a component of the portion of the first fluid and a density of the portion of the first fluid. The method also includes using the processor to estimate a volume fraction of the contaminant in the portion of the first fluid based at least in part on a composition mass fraction function that depends at least on the mass fraction of the component in the portion of the first fluid and the density of the portion of the first fluid.



Using Downhole Strain Measurements to Determine Hydraulic Fracture System Geometry

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The use of a distributed fiber optic strain sensor system in horizontal hydraulic fracturing wells to determine several measurements of hydraulic fracture system geometry including number of farfield fractures, hydraulic and propped fracture length, fracture azimuth, and multi-planar fracture complexity.



Filtration Monitoring System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure is a filtration monitoring system. Filtration monitoring system may include a sensor configured to measure a characteristic of usage of a monitored filter. The sensor may be communicatively coupled to a controller which is configured to transfer measured data to a server of the filter monitoring system. Server may be configured to store historical data regarding representative filter usage and may determine a predicted expiration time for a monitored filter which may be adjusted based upon the measured data from the sensor.



Method and System for Providing Calibration of an Analyte Sensor in an Analyte Monitoring System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Method and apparatus for providing calibration of analyte sensor including applying a control signal, detecting a measured response to the control signal, determining a variance in the detected measured response, and estimating a sensor sensitivity based on the variance in the detected measured response is provided