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NO MOVING PARTS RAIN GAUGE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26836
Amount: $48,737.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1994
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Po Box 11247, Albuquerque, NM, 87192
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ewing H Hackeny
 (505) 299-1678
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE U.S. WEATHER SERVICE PRESENTLY USES A "TIPPING BUCKET" RAIN GAUGE FOR MEASURING RAIN ACCUMULATION. THIS DEVICE IS SENSITIVE TO WIND AND MOTION (AS ON BUOYS), CANNOT MEASURE RAIN RATE, AND REQUIRES FREQUENT MAINTENANCE, BECAUSE OF MOVING PARTS. AN ALTERNATIVE DEVICE IS BEING PROPOSED, WHICH INCORPORATES A RIGID, RESONANT TUBE, CLOSED AT THE TOP BY AN ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER, AND AT THE BOTTOM BY THE RAIL LEVEL. ACCOUSTICALLY INERT PORTS WILL ALLOW WATER TO ENTER THE BOTTOM AND AIR TO VENT AT THE TOP. THE TUBE WILL RESONATE AT A FREQUENCY THAT VARIES INVERSELY WITH THE DISTANCE FROM THE TOP DETERMINED. THE TUBE RESONANCE CAN BE DETERMINED, ELECRONICALLY, FROM THE VARIATION IN THE IMPEDANCE OF THE TRANSDUCER WITH FREQUENCY. THE PROCESS WOULD BE CONTROLLED BY A MICROPROCESSOR WHICH WOULD ALSO PERFORM CALIBRATION, STATUS VERIFICATION, AND INTERFACE WITH EXTERNAL EQUIPMENT. IN ADDITION, THE WATER RESERVOIR WOULD INCORPORATED A CALIBRATED, CONTINUALLY OPEN, DRAIN ORIFICE, WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR A MECHANICAL DRAIN. THE EFFECT OF THE ORIFICE ON THE MEASUREMENT COULD ACCURATELY BE ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PROCESSING.

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