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Apparatus and systems for measuring elongation of objects, methods of measuring, and reactor

United States Patent

November 29, 2011
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Elongation measurement apparatuses and systems comprise at least two Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDTs) with a push rod coupled to each of the at least two LVDTs at one longitudinal end thereof. At least one push rod extends to a base and is coupled thereto at an opposing longitudinal end, and at least one other push rod extends to a location spaced apart from the base and is configured to receive a sample between an opposing longitudinal end of the at least one other push rod and the base. Nuclear reactors comprising such apparatuses and systems and methods of measuring elongation of a material are also disclosed.
Rempe; Joy L. (Idaho Falls, ID), Knudson; Darrell L. (Firth, ID), Daw; Joshua E. (Idaho Falls, ID), Condie; Keith G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Stoots; Carl M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 419,916
April 7, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.