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RELATIVE HUMIDITY SENSOR ENCLOSED WITH FORMED HEATING ELEMENT

United States Patent Application

20060201247
A1
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Sensor systems and methods are disclosed herein. A relative humidity sensor is generally associated one or more porous heating elements. A porous resistive material surrounds the relative humidity sensor. Additionally, one or more flat heating elements can be bonded to a base of the relative humidity sensor to conduct heat and insure uniform heating about the relative humidity sensor. The porous heating elements can be configured to permit humid air to pass through the porous heating elements. Also, the porous heating element(s) can be assembled slightly offset from a surface of the relative humidity sensor so that air that is saturated with water vapor passes through and is heated by the porous heating element in order to evaporate water droplets associated with the water vapor and thereby reduce relative humidity to a measurable level. The porous resistive material can be configured from a material such as, for example, tantalum or nichrome. The porous resistive material can also be configured in a sheet arranged in a woven pattern.
Speldrich, Jamie W. (Freeport, IL), Alderman, Richard A. (Freeport, IL), Frost, George D. (Freeport, IL), Magee, Steven J. (Lena, IL)
Honeywell International, Inc.
10/ 858,982
June 2, 2004
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS [0002] The United States government may have rights in the invention described herein made in the performance of work under Department of Energy (DOE) Cooperative Agreement DE-FC36-02AL67615.