Accession Number : ADD012132

Title :   Apparatus for Continuously Inspecting the Physical Characteristics of Particulate Matter.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Berthel,Robert O ; Plank,Vernon G ; LaGross,Dennis L

Report Date : 24 Dec 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : This patent discloses an apparatus for continuously inspecting the physical characteristics of particulate matter having a collection and conveying system, a sampling compartment, and a camera system. The collection and conveying system transports particulate matter, in the form of snowflakes, for example, to a viewing areas in the sampling compartment. The camera system monitors the viewing areas in order to provide single or multiple images of the snowflakes on single video frames at suitable magnification in order to analyze the crystalline characteristics of the snowflakes under naturally occurring conditions.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *TEST EQUIPMENT, *CAMERA COMPONENTS, *SNOW, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, PARTICULATES, CRYSTALS, ICE, SAMPLING, CONVEYORS, VIEWERS, OBSERVATION, VIDEO FRAMES, INSPECTION, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Subject Categories : Snow, Ice and Permafrost
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Photography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE