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Title: Apparatus and methods for determining at least one characteristic of a proximate environment

Abstract

Methods and an apparatus for determining at least one characteristic of an environment are disclosed. A vibrational energy may be imparted into an environment and a magnitude of damping of the vibrational energy may be measured and at least one characteristic of the environment may be determined. Particularly, a vibratory source may be operated and coupled to an environment. At least one characteristic of the environment may be determined based on a shift in at least one steady-state frequency of oscillation of the vibratory source. An apparatus may include at least one vibratory source and a structure for positioning the at least one vibratory source proximate to an environment. Further, the apparatus may include an analysis device for determining at least one characteristic of the environment based at least partially upon shift in a steady-state oscillation frequency of the vibratory source for the given impetus.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Idaho Falls, ID
  2. Troy, ID
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
985662
Patent Number(s):
7,357,030
Application Number:
10/988,065
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) IDO
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-99ID13727
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Novascone, Stephen R, West, Phillip B, and Anderson, Michael J. Apparatus and methods for determining at least one characteristic of a proximate environment. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Novascone, Stephen R, West, Phillip B, & Anderson, Michael J. Apparatus and methods for determining at least one characteristic of a proximate environment. United States.
Novascone, Stephen R, West, Phillip B, and Anderson, Michael J. Tue . "Apparatus and methods for determining at least one characteristic of a proximate environment". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/985662.
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abstractNote = {Methods and an apparatus for determining at least one characteristic of an environment are disclosed. A vibrational energy may be imparted into an environment and a magnitude of damping of the vibrational energy may be measured and at least one characteristic of the environment may be determined. Particularly, a vibratory source may be operated and coupled to an environment. At least one characteristic of the environment may be determined based on a shift in at least one steady-state frequency of oscillation of the vibratory source. An apparatus may include at least one vibratory source and a structure for positioning the at least one vibratory source proximate to an environment. Further, the apparatus may include an analysis device for determining at least one characteristic of the environment based at least partially upon shift in a steady-state oscillation frequency of the vibratory source for the given impetus.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {4}
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