Patent Number: 6,512,360

Title: Self-induction-type stroke sensor

Abstract: Within a body, a sensor member, which has one end supported in a cantilever fashion adjacent a predetermined end of the body and has the other end extending into a space of the body, includes a coil section having a plurality of coil segments that are excitable in a same phase by a predetermined A.C. signal and sequentially arranged along a direction of linear movement of a movable member. The movable member has an inner space to permit entry of the sensor member into the movable member. Inner peripheral wall of the movable member defining the inner space includes a magnetism-responsive substance containing a magnetic or electrically-conductive material. Relative positions of the magnetism-responsive substance and the coil section vary in accordance with a stroke position of the movable member, in response to which respective inductance of the coil segments are caused to vary in such a manner that during movement of the magnetism-responsive substance from one end to the other of a particular one of the coil segments, a voltage across the particular coil segment is caused to progressively decrease or increase.

Inventors: Goto; Atsutoshi (Fuchu, JP), Sakamoto; Kazuya (Hamura, JP), Sakamoto; Hiroshi (Kawagoe, JP), Tozawa; Shoji (Setagaya-ku, JP)

Assignee: Amiteq Co., Ltd

International Classification: F15B 15/28 (20060101); F15B 15/00 (20060101); G01D 5/20 (20060101); G01D 3/036 (20060101); G01D 3/028 (20060101); G01D 5/12 (20060101); G01R 019/18 ()

Expiration Date: 01/28/2020