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Optoelectronic multipoint liquid level sensor for light petrochemical products
Author(s): Vladimir Svirid; Sergei N. Khotiaintsev
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Paper Abstract

In this article we describe an optoelectronic sensor for assessing the level of light petrochemical products in technological tanks at the oil refineries. This sensor employs the multi-element vertical array of discrete micro- optical refractometric transducers. The transducers are made of silica glass and have the conical shape. In the air, each transducer operates as a tiny retro-reflector that optically couple together two multimode optical fibers. The optical coupling in the transducer is due to the internal reflection at the conical surface. The amount of the coupling depends on the refractive index of the surrounding media. In a fluid, the total internal reflection vanishes and the coupling becomes negligibly small. The number of immersed transducers is a measure of the fluid level in the reservoir. Because of the significance of the transducer transmission function, it is evaluated in detail under various combinations of the geometrical parameters of the micro-optical structure and connecting optical fibers. The numerical ray tracing shows that the form of the transmission function can be modified by change of some geometrical parameters of the structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4148, Optoelectronic and Hybrid Optical/Digital Systems for Image and Signal Processing, (14 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388458
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Vladimir Svirid, National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (Mexico)
Sergei N. Khotiaintsev, National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4148:
Optoelectronic and Hybrid Optical/Digital Systems for Image and Signal Processing
Simon B. Gurevich; Zinovii T. Nazarchuk; Leonid I. Muravsky, Editor(s)

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