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Title: Method and apparatus for identifying, locating and quantifying physical phenomena and structure including same

A method and system for detecting, locating and quantifying a physical phenomena such as strain or a deformation in a structure. A minimum resolvable distance along the structure is selected and a quantity of laterally adjacent conductors is determined. Each conductor includes a plurality of segments coupled in series which define the minimum resolvable distance along the structure. When a deformation occurs, changes in the defined energy transmission characteristics along each conductor are compared to determine which segment contains the deformation.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1175630
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID) INL
Patent Number(s):
6,988,415
Application Number:
10/658,880
Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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