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Macro Property Measurement Technology Overview

Overview chart graphic Interaction Mechanisms Measurement and Analysis Method Development Measurement and Analysis Applications Integrated Measurement and Analysis Systems

The development bubble chart represents the range of PNNL capabilities and activities and covers the span from underlying science to the engineering developments required to deliver devices, instruments, and systems. Staff working in the application environment (i.e. delivering engineered solutions) are most commonly exposed to the client's upcoming sensor needs and interests. At the same time, the existence of an integrated technology development team facilitates the transfer of information to staff working on the development or improvement of appropriate sensing mechanisms and devices.

Sensing/Interaction Mechanisms Fundamental mechanisms and interactions that allow detection and measurement of macro-property data/information that is required to meet client requirements.

Sensing Mechanism Capabilities

Measurement & Analysis Method Development: In contrast to the other PNNL sensing and measurement areas (e.g., Chemical, Physical, Biological, and Nuclear Radiation), Macro-Property Measurements are typically not conducted using a single sensor. Instead, these measurements often utilize one or more sensors which are combined in a manner that provides the required information. PNNL staff develop measurement and analysis methods, often using existing sensors, employing specialized data analysis methods to extract the required information from the raw data provided by the sensor(s).

Measurement & Analysis Applications: PNNL staff develop application specific measurement systems including data acquisition & analysis equipment and methods to meet individual client application requirements.

Integrated Measurement & Analysis Systems: Integrated systems are developed that may include multiple Macro-Property Measurements with other sensing requirement in addition to integrated system signal processing and data analysis functions; data monitoring and recording; and control functions.

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