Accession Number : ADD015102

Title :   Fiber Optic Angular Orientation Sensor Digital Serial Encoding.

Descriptive Note : Patent,Filed 8 Aug 88, patented 27 Aug 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Garrett, Steven L ; Brininstool, Michael R ; Newmaster, Jeffrey T ; Hofler, Thomas

Report Date : 27 Aug 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : A sensor provides remote angular orientation sensing. A rotational signal transmitted to a rotatable input shaft mounted in an encoder body causes the shaft to rotate. Light signals are transmitted through a digital code wheel mounted to the shaft. As the code wheel and shaft rotate, the light signals passing through the code wheel are superimposed with light pulses corresponding to incremental and directional changes of angular position of the code wheel with respect to the encoder body. The light signals are propagated through an optical fiber to a remote combination digital and analog circuit which converts them into a digital representation of the angular position of the code wheel.

Descriptors :   ANGLES, CODERS, CODING, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, DIRECTIONAL, FIBER OPTICS, INPUT, LIGHT PULSES, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), POSITION(LOCATION), REMOTE DETECTORS, ROTATION, SHAFTS(MACHINE ELEMENTS), SIGNAL LIGHTS, SIGNALS, WHEELS

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE