Navy

Displacement current method and apparatus for remote powering of a sensor grid

  • US Patent No. 7170821
  • Issued: January 30, 2007
  • Status: Active
Communications

This invention serves as a method and apparatus for delivering power to a series of remote sensors in an on hull sensor grid for the purpose of biasing the active circuitry on the sensors. It requires no physical connection between the source of power and the sensor. It works by delivering electrical energy across the insulating gap that separates the sensor from the hull by means of a displacement current. In particular, the method and device include a conducting layer interposed between inner and outer decouplers and a ground plane interposed between a bonding layer and the inner decoupler. An application of alternating current to the ground plane will activate the conducting layer and provide power to the sensors at a location of the outer decoupler. The inner decoupler acts as a capacitor and the ground plane further provides an electrical path back to the hull.

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