Accession Number : ADD005048

Title :   Temperature Measuring System.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Koehler,Richard L

Report Date : 27 Jan 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : An arrangement for determining the temperature gradient within a fluid medium, which is used to ascertain the magnitude of vertical water movement, utilizes a pair of thermistors connected in a differential Wheatstone bridge that senses the temperature at two locations. The DC bridge driving voltage has its polarity periodically reversed for equal time intervals by a logic signal. The bridge output signal is converted to a variable frequency and counted during each of these different intervals in opposite directions. This subtraction process, which yields the temperature difference at the two locations, also, among other things, eliminates the effects of drift from the temperature measurement. The system also contains provisions for minimizing any offset caused by changes in the bridge driving voltage, amplifier offset instabilities and variations in other circuit components. There is also an overlap preventer circuit which prevents any miscount when the logic signal occurs at a particular time with respect to the transitions of the variable frequency signal that is being counted. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Temperature measuring instruments, Circuits, Ocean currents, Internal waves, Temperature gradients, Thermistors, Impedance bridges

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE