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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A REACTOR SYSTEM USING OPTICAL FIBER BASED SENSORS

United States Patent Application

20170229724
A1
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A method of monitoring operation of a reactor system includes causing a chemical reaction to occur within an assembly of the reactor system, and measuring a chemical composition of one or more reactants of the chemical reaction with spatial resolution at a plurality of points along a path within the assembly using a sensor system structured to implement distributed sensing. The sensor system includes an optical fiber sensing member provided at least partially within the assembly, wherein the optical fiber sensing member comprises a functionalized optical fiber based sensor device structured to exhibit a change in one or more optical properties in response to changes in the chemical composition of the one or more reactants.
CHEN, PENG K. (WASHINGTON, PA), POOLE, ZSOLT L. (PITTSBURGH, PA), OHODNICKI, PAUL R. (ALLISON PARK, PA), BROWN, THOMAS D. (FINLEYVILLE, PA), GERDES, KIRK R. (MORGANTOWN, WV), BURIC, MICHAEL P. (PITTSBURGH, PA)
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH-OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION (PITTSBURGH PA), UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (WASHINGTON DC)
15/ 501,443
August 20, 2015
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT [0002] This invention was made with government support under grants #DE-FE0004000 and #DE-NE0008303 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The government has certain rights in the invention.