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Title: Acoustic wave (AW) based moisture sensor for use with corrosive gases

Abstract

Moisture corrosive gas stream is measured as a function of the difference in resonant frequencies between two acoustic wave (AW) devices, each with a film which accepts at least one of the components of the gas stream. One AW is located in the gas stream while the other is located outside the gas stream but in the same thermal environment. In one embodiment, the film is a hydrophilic material such as SiO{sub 2}. In another embodiment, the SiO{sub 2} is covered with another film which is impermeable to the corrosive gas, such that the AW device in the gas stream measures only the water vapor. In yet another embodiment, the film comprises polyethylene oxide which is hydrophobic and measures only the partial pressure of the corrosive gas. Other embodiments allow for compensation of drift in the system. 8 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
AT&T Corporation
OSTI Identifier:
392630
Patent Number(s):
5,571,944
Application Number:
PAN: 8-359,510
Assignee:
Sandia Corp., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 5 Nov 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
44 INSTRUMENTATION, INCLUDING NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE DETECTORS; GAS ANALYSIS; SONIC PROBES; DESIGN; SILICON OXIDES; POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS; THIN FILMS; HYGROSCOPICITY; SOUND WAVES; OPERATION

Citation Formats

Pfeifer, K B, Frye, G C, and Schneider, T W. Acoustic wave (AW) based moisture sensor for use with corrosive gases. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Pfeifer, K B, Frye, G C, & Schneider, T W. Acoustic wave (AW) based moisture sensor for use with corrosive gases. United States.
Pfeifer, K B, Frye, G C, and Schneider, T W. Tue . "Acoustic wave (AW) based moisture sensor for use with corrosive gases". United States.
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