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Ultrasonic fluid densitometer for process control

United States Patent

6,082,180
July 4, 2000
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The present invention is an ultrasonic fluid densitometer that uses at least one pair of transducers for transmitting and receiving ultrasonic signals internally reflected within a material wedge. A temperature sensor is provided to monitor the temperature of the wedge material. Density of a fluid is determined by immersing the wedge into the fluid and measuring reflection of ultrasound at the wedge-fluid interface and comparing a transducer voltage and wedge material temperature to a tabulation as a function of density.
Greenwood; Margaret S. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
09/ 178,030
October 21, 1998
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC06-76RLO 1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.