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Title: Method and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a flow path having solid components flowing therethrough

Abstract

A method and apparatus is provided for monitoring a flow path having plurality of different solid components flowing therethrough. For example, in the harvesting of a plant material, many factors surrounding the threshing, separating or cleaning of the plant material and may lead to the inadvertent inclusion of the component being selectively harvested with residual plant materials being discharged or otherwise processed. In accordance with the present invention the detection of the selectively harvested component within residual materials may include the monitoring of a flow path of such residual materials by, for example, directing an excitation signal toward of flow path of material and then detecting a signal initiated by the presence of the selectively harvested component responsive to the excitation signal. The detected signal may be used to determine the presence or absence of a selected plant component within the flow path of residual materials.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2]
  1. Rigby, ID
  2. Idaho Falls, ID
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), Idaho Falls, ID
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
984345
Patent Number(s):
7367880
Application Number:
10/888,815
Assignee:
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A01 - AGRICULTURE A01D - HARVESTING
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION

Citation Formats

Hoskinson, Reed L, Svoboda, John M, Bauer, William F, and Elias, Gracy. Method and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a flow path having solid components flowing therethrough. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Hoskinson, Reed L, Svoboda, John M, Bauer, William F, & Elias, Gracy. Method and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a flow path having solid components flowing therethrough. United States.
Hoskinson, Reed L, Svoboda, John M, Bauer, William F, and Elias, Gracy. Tue . "Method and apparatus for monitoring characteristics of a flow path having solid components flowing therethrough". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/984345.
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abstractNote = {A method and apparatus is provided for monitoring a flow path having plurality of different solid components flowing therethrough. For example, in the harvesting of a plant material, many factors surrounding the threshing, separating or cleaning of the plant material and may lead to the inadvertent inclusion of the component being selectively harvested with residual plant materials being discharged or otherwise processed. In accordance with the present invention the detection of the selectively harvested component within residual materials may include the monitoring of a flow path of such residual materials by, for example, directing an excitation signal toward of flow path of material and then detecting a signal initiated by the presence of the selectively harvested component responsive to the excitation signal. The detected signal may be used to determine the presence or absence of a selected plant component within the flow path of residual materials.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {5}
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