Methods and apparatus for use in ultrasonic ranging

  • US 5,568,449 A
  • Filed: 09/02/1994
  • Issued: 10/22/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. In an ultrasonic probe for use in an ultrasonic ranging system measuring the fluid level of a fluid in a cavity of a container, wherein said probe having an elongated member having a top end and a lower end, said elongated member vertically fixable to said container to position said lower end within said container cavity below said fluid level, at least one calibration reflector fixedly attached to said elongated member below said fluid level, a transducer assembly positioned a known distance from a bottom surface of said container forming said cavity, and between said lower end and all of said calibration reflectors for transmitting a packet of ultrasonic sound waves and for detecting primary and secondary echo packets reflected from each of said calibration reflectors and from said fluid level, the improvement to which comprises:

  • each of said calibration reflectors positioned to cause its secondary echo packet to be imbedded in the trailing edge of a primary echo packet of another calibration reflector prior to a time when said transducer has detected a primary echo packet associated with said fluid level.

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