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Particulate matter sensor with a heater

United States Patent

7,998,417
August 16, 2011
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An apparatus to detect particulate matter. The apparatus includes a sensor electrode, a shroud, and a heater. The electrode measures a chemical composition within an exhaust stream. The shroud surrounds at least a portion of the sensor electrode, exclusive of a distal end of the sensor electrode exposed to the exhaust stream. The shroud defines an air gap between the sensor electrode and the shroud and an opening toward the distal end of the sensor electrode. The heater is mounted relative to the sensor electrode. The heater burns off particulate matter in the air gap between the sensor electrode and the shroud.
Hall; Matthew (Austin, TX)
Board of Regents, University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
12/ 196,478
20100044246
August 22, 2008
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention as provided for by the terms of Grant No. DE-FC26-06NT42966 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.