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Ultrasonic fluid densitometry and densitometer

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
January 13, 1998
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The present invention is an ultrasonic fluid densitometer that uses a material wedge having an acoustic impedance that is near the acoustic impedance of the fluid, specifically less than a factor of 11 greater than the acoustic impedance of the fluid. The invention also includes a wedge having at least two transducers for transmitting and receiving ultrasonic signals internally reflected within the material wedge. Density of a fluid is determined by immersing the wedge into the fluid and measuring reflection of ultrasound at the wedge-fluid interface.
Greenwood; Margaret S. (Richland, WA), Lail; Jason C. (Conover, NC)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
08/ 628,834
April 5, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC06-76RLO 1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.