APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A SYSTEM WITH TIME IN SPACE AND METHOD THEREFOR

  • US 20070150239A1
  • Filed: 03/07/2007
  • Published: 06/28/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/21/1997
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for monitoring a system in which a fluid flows, and which is characterized by a change in the system with time in space comprising the steps of:

  • A. monitoring a preselected area or volume of a system in which a fluid flows, and which is characterized by a change in the system with time in space to collect data at a plurality of time points correlated to a system event;

    B. said collected data being indicative of a system parameter to be measured that varies with time as a function of system wash-in behavior and system wash-out behavior;

    C. processing said collected data by a. dividing the preselected area or volume of the system into a grid;

    b. determining for each grid location at preselected time points a value of said system parameter;

    c. determining for each grid location based on said time points preselected from the plurality of time points an intensity function that is correlated with initial rate of wash-in behavior;

    d. colorizing and producing an output of each said grid point with respect to color hue/color intensity on the basis of i. color hue as determined by a plurality of wash-out behaviors; and

    ii. color intensity as determined by said intensity function;

    D. preparing a color hue/color intensity coded map from the outputs of said grid points representative of the system in two or three dimensions from the output of said colorized grid points.

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