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Title: Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid

Abstract

This invention is comprised of an apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid in a region, including an electrically passive sensor adapted for contacting the liquid, and an electrically active detector. The sensor is a circuit with a pair of spaced-apart terminals connected to a switch that closes in the presence of the liquid. The detector carries an alternating current with a resonant frequency. When the sensor is placed in a region and liquid is present, the circuit of the sensor is closed. By bringing the detector close to the sensor, an alternating current is induced in the sensor that will, in turn, alter the resonant frequency of the detector. This change is signaled by a transducer. The switch can operate by a change in conductivity of a material between the terminals of the sensor or by expansion of a liquid absorber that pushes the two terminals together, or by a change in the conductivity of the space between the terminals as a result of the liquid. The detector generates an audible or visible signal, or both, in response to the current change.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
207644
Patent Number(s):
PATENTS-US-A8133299
Application Number:
ON: DE96005177; PAN: 8-133,299
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
44 INSTRUMENTATION, INCLUDING NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE DETECTORS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; DESIGN; LIQUIDS; DETECTION; INVENTIONS; LIQUID PENETRANT INSPECTION; LEVEL INDICATORS

Citation Formats

Kronberg, J W. Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid. United States: N. p., 1993. Web.
Kronberg, J W. Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid. United States.
Kronberg, J W. Fri . "Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/207644.
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