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System and method for evaluating a wire conductor

United States Patent

8,564,306
October 22, 2013
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A method of evaluating an electrically conductive wire segment having an insulated intermediate portion and non-insulated ends includes passing the insulated portion of the wire segment through an electrically conductive brush. According to the method, an electrical potential is established on the brush by a power source. The method also includes determining a value of electrical current that is conducted through the wire segment by the brush when the potential is established on the brush. The method additionally includes comparing the value of electrical current conducted through the wire segment with a predetermined current value to thereby evaluate the wire segment. A system for evaluating an electrically conductive wire segment is also disclosed.
Panozzo; Edward (Mokena, IL), Parish; Harold (Shelby Township, MI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI)
12/ 950,796
November 19, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with U.S. Goverenment support under an Agreement/Project number: DE-EE0002629, awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.