Maryland Patent of the Month – December 2023

X-wave Innovations, Inc. (XII), a research and development firm focused on defense, homeland security, transportation, and energy, has been granted a patent for their impurity detection technology. Their system uses ultrasonic technology to achieve non-intrusive detection and measurement of impurities in multiphase flows.

Ultrasonic technology had previously been used to measure flow rates in pipelines, evaluating the impact of impurities like sands in crude oil transportation. These existing solutions tracked and detected ultrasonic signals using planar transducers to identify scattered signals. While it’s this scattering that allows for detection of impurities, the existing systems are ineffective at distinguishing between impurities and bubbles. XII overcomes this by using novelly constructed and placed transducers and a pitch-catch configuration to identify scattering that is indicative of a bubble and removing this from the signal. Any remaining scattering would then be attributed to impurities.

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