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Method and apparatus for identifying, locating and quantifying physical phenomena and structure including same

United States Patent Application

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20040045365
6,988,415
A1
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A method and system for detecting, locating and quantifying a physical phenomena such as strain or a deformation in a structure. A minimum resolvable distance along the structure is selected and a quantity of laterally adjacent conductors is determined. Each conductor includes a plurality of segments coupled in series which define the minimum resolvable distance along the structure. When a deformation occurs, changes in the defined energy transmission characteristics along each conductor are compared to determine which segment contains the deformation.
Richardson, John G. (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 658,880
September 9, 2003
[0002] The United States Government has rights in the following invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID1 3727 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC.