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Title: In-situ control system for atomization

Melt atomizing apparatus comprising a melt supply orifice for supplying the melt for atomization and gas supply orifices proximate the melt supply orifice for supplying atomizing gas to atomize the melt as an atomization spray. The apparatus includes a sensor, such as an optical and/or audio sensor, for providing atomization spray data, and a control unit responsive to the sensed atomization spray data for controlling at least one of the atomizing gas pressure and an actuator to adjust the relative position of the gas supply orifice and melt supply in a manner to achieve a desired atomization spray.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. (Ames, IA)
  2. (Central, SC)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
869922
Assignee:
Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc. (Ames, IA) AMES
Patent Number(s):
US 5423520
Application Number:
08/058,767
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-82
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA; Iowa State University, Ames, IA (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
in-situ; control; atomization; melt; atomizing; apparatus; comprising; supply; orifice; supplying; gas; orifices; proximate; atomize; spray; sensor; optical; audio; providing; data; unit; responsive; sensed; controlling; pressure; actuator; adjust; relative; position; manner; achieve; desired; atomization spray; relative position; melt supply; gas supply; gas pressure; control unit; apparatus comprising; atomizing gas; supply orifice; atomizing apparatus; /266/222/