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Apparatus and methods for determining at least one characteristic of a proximate environment

United States Patent

7,357,030
April 15, 2008
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Methods and an apparatus for determining at least one characteristic of an environment are disclosed. A vibrational energy may be imparted into an environment and a magnitude of damping of the vibrational energy may be measured and at least one characteristic of the environment may be determined. Particularly, a vibratory source may be operated and coupled to an environment. At least one characteristic of the environment may be determined based on a shift in at least one steady-state frequency of oscillation of the vibratory source. An apparatus may include at least one vibratory source and a structure for positioning the at least one vibratory source proximate to an environment. Further, the apparatus may include an analysis device for determining at least one characteristic of the environment based at least partially upon shift in a steady-state oscillation frequency of the vibratory source for the given impetus.
Novascone; Stephen R. (Idaho Falls, ID), West; Phillip B. (Idaho Falls, ID), Anderson; Michael J. (Troy, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 988,065
20060096380
November 11, 2004
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in the following invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC.