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Velocity Measurement System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000053871D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-12

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Strope, DH Trudgen, GA Wray, TE [+details]

Abstract

This system measures linear velocity through a non-contact method. Fig 1 illustrates the basic components of the system. A light source 3 such as a helium neon laser fitted with a collimator and beam expander provides a collimated light beam 5. The light beam illuminates a large active area photosensitive device 7. An adjustable aperture is used to select the amount of illuminated active area. The light beam is intersected by a precision diameter wire 9, causing a shadow 11 of known dimensions to be cast across the photosensor.