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System and method for bidirectional flow and controlling fluid flow in a conduit

United States Patent

March 23, 1999
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A system for measuring bidirectional flow, including backflow, of fluid in a conduit. The system utilizes a structural mechanism to create a pressure differential in the conduit. Pressure sensors are positioned upstream from the mechanism, at the mechanism, and downstream from the mechanism. Data from the pressure sensors are transmitted to a microprocessor or computer, and pressure differential detected between the pressure sensors is then used to calculate the backflow. Control signals may then be generated by the microprocessor or computer to shut off valves located in the conduit, upon the occurrence of backflow, or to control flow, total material dispersed, etc. in the conduit.
Ortiz; Marcos German (Idaho Falls, ID)
Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID)
08/ 771,316
October 3, 1996
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223 between Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company and The United States Department of Energy.