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Environmental control system fluid sensing system and method

Research output: Patent

Published

  • L. Matsiev (Inventor)
  • Oleg Kolosov (Inventor)
  • M. Uhrich (Inventor)
  • William Rust (Inventor)
  • John Feland (Inventor)
  • John Varni (Inventor)
  • Blake Walker (Inventor)
Publication date12/03/2009
Patent numberUS 2009/0064693 A1
IPCF25B 49/00; GOIN 29/036; GOIN 11/00; GOIN 9/00; GOIR 27/00
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A sensor system and method for analyzing a fluid contained within an environmental control system, comprising the steps of providing a system including a passage for containing a thermal change fluid; placing a sensor including a mechanical resonator in the passage; operating the resonator to have at least a portion thereof translate through the fluid; and monitoring the response of the resonator to the fluid in the passage.
A preferred sensor includes a tuning fork resonator.