Apparatus for monitoring a system with time in space and method therefor

  • US 7,437,256 B2
  • Filed: 03/07/2007
  • Issued: 10/14/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/21/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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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 values 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 bya. dividing the preselected area or volume of the system into a multitude of discrete locations;

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

    c. determining for each discrete location, based on said preselected time points, an intensity function that is correlated with wash-in behavior;

    d. determining for each location, at said preselected time points, the wash-out behaviore. colorizing each discrete location with respect to color hue for wash-out /color intensity for wash-in correlated with the value of the parameter of the system for said discrete location; and

    f. producing an output for each colorized discrete location; and

    D. preparing at least one color coded map based on at least one of color hue, color intensity and color hue/color intensity from the outputs of the colorized discrete locations of the system in two or three dimensions.

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