Accession Number : ADA182121

Title :   Prototype Particle Size Analyzer Incorporating Variable Focal Length Optics.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Kern,Ludwig A

PDF Url : ADA182121

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : A prototype particle size analyzer incorporating an innovative variable focal length optical system has been constructed. The device greatly minimizes some particle sizing errors inherent in current analyzers. It also has the advantage of being capable of measuring a wide range of particle diameters inexpensively and accurately. An existing five lens optical train was modified to allow each lens to be adjusted in three planes and then mounted on a rigid twin rail base to alleviate alignment problems. A precision linear positioning motor was installed to drive a zoom lens that adjusts the system focal length from 1850mm to 5550mm. A photosensor section that measures the intensities of forward scattered light at two different angles was built and evaluated. An analog computer interface has been built into the system to provide the device with automatic and manual control. (Theses).

Descriptors :   *PHOTODETECTORS, *ANALYZERS, *PARTICLE SIZE, ALIGNMENT, AUTOMATIC, CONTROL, MANUAL OPERATION, LIGHT PULSES, OPTICAL LENSES, PULSE TRAINS, ERRORS, LINEAR SYSTEMS, MOTORS, POSITION(LOCATION), PRECISION, RAILS, RIGIDITY, ANALOG COMPUTERS, INTERFACES, FORWARD SCATTERING, LIGHT SCATTERING, DIAMETERS, PROTOTYPES, LENGTH, FOCUSING, THESES, RANGE(EXTREMES), ZOOM LENSES

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Optical Detection and Detectors
      Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE