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1. US20220316938 - Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensing

Office
United States of America
Application Number 17707688
Application Date 29.03.2022
Publication Number 20220316938
Publication Date 06.10.2022
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G01F 23/2962
G01F 23/296
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
FMEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
23Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
22by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure, or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
28by measuring the variations of parameters of electromagnetic or acoustic waves applied directly to the liquid or fluent solid material
296Acoustic waves
G01F 25/20
CPC
G01F 23/2968
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
FMEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
23Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
22by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
28by measuring the variations of parameters of electric or acoustic waves applied directly to the liquid or fluent solid material
296Acoustic waves
2968Transducers specially adapted for acoustic level indicators
G01F 23/2962
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
FMEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
23Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material, e.g. indicating in terms of volume, indicating by means of an alarm
22by measurement of physical variables, other than linear dimensions, pressure or weight, dependent on the level to be measured, e.g. by difference of heat transfer of steam or water
28by measuring the variations of parameters of electric or acoustic waves applied directly to the liquid or fluent solid material
296Acoustic waves
2962Transit time measurement
G01F 25/20
Applicants Chirp Microsystems, Inc.
Inventors Cristabel Yang
Richard J. Przybyla
Mitchell Kline
Title
(EN) Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensing
Abstract
(EN)

Systems and methods for ultrasonic liquid level sensing. A circuit causes an ultrasonic transducer to transmit a sequence of ultrasonic pulses and receive a sequence of reflected signals. Each reflected signal includes at least one first reflection associated with at least one non-moveable surface and at least one second reflection associated with a moveable surface. A digital controller, for each reflected signal: determines at least one of a magnitude and a variance of the respective signal to form at least one output signal, identifies, in the at least one output signal, at least one first pulse indicative of the at least one non-moveable surface and at least one second pulse indicative of the moveable surface, and determines a distance of the moveable surface relative to the at least one non-moveable surface based on the identified first and second pulses.


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