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Title: Traversing probe system

Abstract

This invention comprises a rotatable annular probe-positioner which carries at least one radially disposed sensing probe, such as a Pitot tube having a right-angled tip. The positioner can be coaxially and rotatably mounted within a compressor casing or the like and then actuated to orient the sensing probe as required to make measurements at selected stations in the annulus between the positioner and compressor casing. The positioner can be actuated to (a) selectively move the probe along its own axis, (b) adjust the yaw angle of the right-angled probe tip, and (c) revolve the probe about the axis common to the positioner and casing. A cam plate engages a cam-follower portion of the probe and normally rotates with the positioner. The positioner includes a first-motor-driven ring gear which effects slidable movement of the probe by rotating the positioner at a time when an external pneumatic cylinder is actuated to engage the cam plate and hold it stationary. When the pneumatic cylinder is not actuated, this ring gear can be driven to revolve the positioner and thus the probe to a desired circumferential location about the above-mentioned common axis. A second motor-driven ring gear included in the positioner can be drivenmore » to rotate the probe about its axis, thus adjusting the yaw angle of the probe tip. The positioner can be used in highly corrosive atmosphere, such as gaseous uranium hexafluoride.« less

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Knoxville, TN)
  2. (Oak Ridge, TN)
  3. (Kingston, TN)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN
OSTI Identifier:
862796
Patent Number(s):
US 4016768
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Energy (Washington, DC) ORNL
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
traversing; probe; comprises; rotatable; annular; probe-positioner; carries; radially; disposed; sensing; pitot; tube; right-angled; tip; positioner; coaxially; rotatably; mounted; compressor; casing; actuated; orient; required; measurements; selected; stations; annulus; selectively; move; axis; adjust; yaw; angle; revolve; common; plate; engages; cam-follower; portion; normally; rotates; first-motor-driven; gear; effects; slidable; movement; rotating; time; external; pneumatic; cylinder; engage; hold; stationary; driven; desired; circumferential; location; above-mentioned; motor-driven; included; rotate; adjusting; highly; corrosive; atmosphere; gaseous; uranium; hexafluoride; highly corrosive; pneumatic cylinder; rotatably mounted; probe tip; sensing probe; uranium hexafluoride; common axis; radially disposed; circumferential location; /74/

Citation Formats

Mashburn, Douglas N., Stevens, Richard H., and Woodall, Harold C. Traversing probe system. United States: N. p., 1977. Web.
Mashburn, Douglas N., Stevens, Richard H., & Woodall, Harold C. Traversing probe system. United States.
Mashburn, Douglas N., Stevens, Richard H., and Woodall, Harold C. Sat . "Traversing probe system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862796.
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title = {Traversing probe system},
author = {Mashburn, Douglas N. and Stevens, Richard H. and Woodall, Harold C.},
abstractNote = {This invention comprises a rotatable annular probe-positioner which carries at least one radially disposed sensing probe, such as a Pitot tube having a right-angled tip. The positioner can be coaxially and rotatably mounted within a compressor casing or the like and then actuated to orient the sensing probe as required to make measurements at selected stations in the annulus between the positioner and compressor casing. The positioner can be actuated to (a) selectively move the probe along its own axis, (b) adjust the yaw angle of the right-angled probe tip, and (c) revolve the probe about the axis common to the positioner and casing. A cam plate engages a cam-follower portion of the probe and normally rotates with the positioner. The positioner includes a first-motor-driven ring gear which effects slidable movement of the probe by rotating the positioner at a time when an external pneumatic cylinder is actuated to engage the cam plate and hold it stationary. When the pneumatic cylinder is not actuated, this ring gear can be driven to revolve the positioner and thus the probe to a desired circumferential location about the above-mentioned common axis. A second motor-driven ring gear included in the positioner can be driven to rotate the probe about its axis, thus adjusting the yaw angle of the probe tip. The positioner can be used in highly corrosive atmosphere, such as gaseous uranium hexafluoride.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1977},
month = {Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1977}
}

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