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Passive in-situ chemical sensor

United States Patent

February 14, 2012
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A chemical sensor for assessing a chemical of interest. In typical embodiments the chemical sensor includes a first thermocouple and second thermocouple. A reactive component is typically disposed proximal to the second thermal couple, and is selected to react with the chemical of interest and generate a temperature variation that may be detected by a comparison of a temperature sensed by the second thermocouple compared with a concurrent temperature detected by the first thermocouple. Further disclosed is a method for assessing a chemical of interest and a method for identifying a reaction temperature for a chemical of interest in a system.
Morrell; Jonathan S. (Farragut, TN), Ripley; Edward B. (Knoxville, TN)
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC. (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 243,247
October 1, 2008
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.