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Title: Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid

Abstract

An apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid in a region, including an electrically passive sensor adapted for contacting the liquid, and an electrically active detector. The sensor is a circuit with a pair of spaced-apart terminals connected to a switch that closes in the presence of the liquid. The detector carries an alternating current with a resonant frequency. When the sensor is placed in a region and liquid is present in the region, the circuit of the sensor is closed. By bringing the detector close to the sensor, an alternating current is induced in the sensor that will, in turn, alter the resonant frequency of the detector. The change in the resonant frequency is signaled by a transducer. The switch can operate by a change in conductivity of a material between the terminals of the sensor or by expansion of a liquid absorber that pushes the two terminals together, or by a change in the conductivity of the space between the terminals as a result of the presence of the liquid. The detector generates an audible or visible signal, or both, in response to the change in current.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Aiken, SC)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
WESTINGHOUSE SAVANNAH RIVER CO
OSTI Identifier:
870140
Patent Number(s):
5463377
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) SRS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
apparatus; detecting; presence; liquid; region; including; electrically; passive; sensor; adapted; contacting; active; detector; circuit; pair; spaced-apart; terminals; connected; switch; closes; carries; alternating; current; resonant; frequency; placed; closed; bringing; close; induced; alter; change; signaled; transducer; operate; conductivity; material; expansion; absorber; pushes; space; result; generates; audible; visible; signal; response; resonant frequency; alternating current; electrically active; sensor adapted; liquid absorber; /340/

Citation Formats

Kronberg, James W. Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Kronberg, James W. Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid. United States.
Kronberg, James W. Sun . "Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/870140.
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title = {Apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid},
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abstractNote = {An apparatus for detecting the presence of a liquid in a region, including an electrically passive sensor adapted for contacting the liquid, and an electrically active detector. The sensor is a circuit with a pair of spaced-apart terminals connected to a switch that closes in the presence of the liquid. The detector carries an alternating current with a resonant frequency. When the sensor is placed in a region and liquid is present in the region, the circuit of the sensor is closed. By bringing the detector close to the sensor, an alternating current is induced in the sensor that will, in turn, alter the resonant frequency of the detector. The change in the resonant frequency is signaled by a transducer. The switch can operate by a change in conductivity of a material between the terminals of the sensor or by expansion of a liquid absorber that pushes the two terminals together, or by a change in the conductivity of the space between the terminals as a result of the presence of the liquid. The detector generates an audible or visible signal, or both, in response to the change in current.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1995},
month = {1}
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