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Novel Sensors For Measuring Fuel Flow And Level
Author(s): E. N. Goodyer
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Paper Abstract

This presentation will discuss a novel sensing method for measuring fuel flow which was developed for the Ford Motor Co by Sira Ltd. The fuel flow sensor uses an optical technique based on detecting light scattered from particles carried in the flowing fuel. Two off axis light sources illuminate the fuel flow region. As particles move with the fuel some light is scattered normal to the fuel flow direction. The scattered light is focused onto a course beam splitter which then directs the light onto two matched detectors. The course beam splitter has 5 linear reflecting grooves per mm each with an included angle of 1351. As a particle that is smaller than the groove width moves across the field of view the effect is to focus scattered light from the particle alternately onto each of the two detectors. Each detector therefore receives optical modulation which is in antiphase to that received by the other detector. The difference of the two detector signals is then used. Also presented will be a new design for an optically based steering wheel position. The sensor is now in full scale production and is manufactured by First Inertia Switch Ltd. An assembly consisting of a number of parallel light guides, each 0.25mm wide, views the light reflected from a black and white striped tape that is stuck to the steering column. The signals from the detectors that are mounted remotely at the end of the light guides are interpreted by a PLA device to give rotational information. The sensor offers a higher resolution than traditional similar sensors while maintaining a low manufacturing cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1012, In-Process Optical Measurements, (10 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949342
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E. N. Goodyer, Sira Ltd (Unied Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1012:
In-Process Optical Measurements
Kenneth H. Spring, Editor(s)

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