Patent Number: 6,332,358

Title: Fluid-gauging system and methods

Abstract: An aircraft ultrasonic fuel-gauging system has a number of gauging probes in a tank arranged so as to include at least one set of three colinear probes. The outputs of the probes are supplied to a unit, which checks the operation of the probes in colinear sets by extrapolating height at one of the probes from the outputs of the other probes. Where there are two sets of colinear probes having a common probe it is possible uniquely to identify if the common probe is faulty. The system rejects any faulty probe and uses only the outputs of other probes in computations of fuel quantity.

Inventors: Atkinson; Harry (Wokingham, GB)

Assignee: Smiths Group PLC

International Classification: B64D 37/00 (20060101); G01F 25/00 (20060101); G01F 23/296 (20060101); G01F 23/00 (20060101); G01F 023/00 (); G08B 029/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018