Wireless passive temperature sensor

Patent Number: 8,240,911
Issued: 8/14/2012
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Abstract: A wireless passive temperature sensor comprising a surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay line is constructed on a piezoelectric substrate having a thermal coefficient of frequency. An array of addressable, wireless passive temperature sensors can be used to monitor an array of temperature points on a structure using a wireless reader. Each sensor can be monitored by measuring the frequency of maximum reflection in their respective bands. A wireless passive heat flux gauge uses two temperature sensors with different frequency and/or time delay responses to measure that temperature differential across a thermal conductor that has a well characterized thermal conductivity and thickness.
Filed: 8/30/2010
Application Number: 12/871,602
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.