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1. WO2020117483 - INDICATEUR D'ANGLE D'INCLINAISON CONTINUE POUR CLAPET DE RETENUE DE DISQUE PIVOTANT OU OSCILLANT

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CLAIMS

I claim:

1 . A continuous tilt angle sensing apparatus operable for measuring a tilt angle of a rotating closure element in a valve, the closure element being suspended by a hinge pin fixed to the closure element, the apparatus comprising: a housing extension physically cooperative with and sealed to the valve housing and having an interior within which the hinge pin of the closure element i s accessible;

a hinge pin extension located within the housing extension and mechanically cooperative with the hinge pin of the closure element, such that the hinge pin extension is caused to rotate when the closure element rotates;

a mechanical converter located within the housing extension, the mechanical converter being cooperative with the hinge pin extension and with a magnet carrier, the mechanical converter being also located within the housing extension and being configured to mechanically convert rotation of the hinge pin extension into translational movement of the magnet carrier within the housing extension;

a core magnet located within the housing extension and physically cooperative with the magnet carrier; and

an LVDT coil set arranged external to the housing extension and located such that the core magnet is translated within the LVDT coil set when the closure element is rotated, the housing extension forming a non magnetic barrier therebetween,

the core magnet and LVDT coil set thereby operating together as a linear variable differential transformer that produces an LVDT output signal indicating a tilt angle of the closure element.

2. A valve compri sing:

a rotating closure element suspended by a hinge pin fixed to the closure element; and

a continuous tilt angle sensing apparatus according to claim 1.

3. A method for adapting a valve having a rotating closure element suspended by a hinge pin for continuous sensing of a tilt angle of the closure element, the closure element being configured to rotate about a hinge that includes a hinge pin fixed to the closure element, the method comprising:

extending the housing surrounding the valve by adding a housing extension thereto;

mechanically coupling a hinge pin extension to the hinge pin, so that the hinge pin extension is rotated within the housing extension when the closure element rotates;

mechanically coupling a magnet carrier to the hinge pin extension by installing therebetween a mechanical converter configured to cause the magnet carrier to be translated within an interior of a non-magnetic sensing region of the housing extension when the hinge pin extension is rotated;

fixing a core magnet to the magnet carrier within the housing extension; and

fixing a set of LVDT coils to an exterior of the sensing region of the housing extension, so that the core magnet is translated within the LVDT coils when the hinge pin extension is rotated, the LVDT coils and core magnet being separated from each other by the non-magnetic sensing region of the housing extension, the core magnet and LVDT coils thereby operating together as a linear variable differential transformer that produces an LVDT output signal indicating a tilt angle of the closure element.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein the method further comprises:

obtaining an LVDT sensor assembly that was designed and manufactured without reference to the valve, the LVDT sensor assembly including an LVDT coil set and a core magnet; and

configuring the housing extension and magnet carrier such that the core magnet and magnet carrier are able to translate within the interior of the sensing region and the LVDT coil set is able to surround the exterior of the sensing region.

5. The apparatus, valve, or method of any preceding claim, wherein the valve is a check valve.

6. The apparatus, valve, or method of claim 5, wherein the valve is a swing valve or a tilting disk valve.

7. The apparatus, valve, or method of any preceding claim, wherein the mechanical converter causes the core magnet to be translated along a central axis of the hinge pin extension when the hinge pin extension is rotated.

8. The apparatus, valve, or method of any preceding claim, wherein the mechanical converter includes a threaded coupling between the hinge pin extension and the magnet carrier.

9. The apparatus, valve, or method of any preceding claim except claim 8, wherein the mechanical converter includes a converter pin inserted into angled helical slot provided in a cylinder:

the converter pin being cooperative with one of the hinge pin extension and the magnet carrier, and the cylinder being cooperative with the other of the hinge pin extension and the magnet carrier,

one of the converter pin and cylinder being constrained from rotating while the other of the converter pin and cylinder is configured to rotate with the hinge pin extension.

10. The apparatus, valve, or method of any preceding claim, wherein the housing extension is made of Inconel.