Supercooled large droplet ice detector

  • US 6,269,320 B1
  • Filed: 11/19/1998
  • Issued: 07/31/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/19/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An ice detector for use in an environment containing supercooled water droplets having a flow direction, and for distinguishing between the presence of a first population of water droplets indicative of a first icing condition and a second population of water droplets indicative of a second icing condition different from the first condition, comprising:

  • (a) a sensor for providing a signal indicating the formation of ice thereon, and (b) a housing for supporting the sensor and including means for modifying the flow direction of water droplets flowing past the housing such that the first population of droplets are more likely to strike and form ice on the sensor and the second population of droplets are less likely to strike and form ice on the sensor.

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