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Complex pendulum biomass sensor

United States Patent

December 25, 2007
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A complex pendulum system biomass sensor having a plurality of pendulums. The plurality of pendulums allow the system to detect a biomass height and density. Each pendulum has an angular deflection sensor and a deflector at a unique height. The pendulums are passed through the biomass and readings from the angular deflection sensors are fed into a control system. The control system determines whether adjustment of machine settings is appropriate and either displays an output to the operator, or adjusts automatically adjusts the machine settings, such as the speed, at which the pendulums are passed through the biomass. In an alternate embodiment, an entanglement sensor is also passed through the biomass to determine the amount of biomass entanglement. This measure of entanglement is also fed into the control system.
Hoskinson; Reed L. (Rigby, ID), Kenney; Kevin L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Perrenoud; Ben C. (Rigby, ID)
U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
11/ 537,007
September 29, 2006
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727, between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC.