BAE Systems PLC, a company involved in business activities in defence, security, and aerospace sector, has been recently granted a patent for invention titled “ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT ASSEMBLIES AND STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS INCORPORATING SAME”.
The patent has been issued as granted patent number 306219 filed as application number 143/DELNP/2011 having scope (abstract) of invention as:
“A structural health monitoring arrangement comprises a component formed of fibre reinforced composite material with a plurality of electrical conducting fibres intrinsic to the composite defining electrical paths that run through the composite. The paths act as sensing paths running through the material and a detector watches for changes in electrical property indicative of a structural event. The paths may be configured as an open or a closed node grid whose electrical continuity Is monitored directly or indirectly. Alternatively they may be fibres having a piezoresistive property and the changes in resistance may be monitored.”
The primary independent claim (claim 1) of this patent states:
“A structural health monitoring arrangement comprising a component formed of a fibre reinforced composite material including a plurality of electrically conducting fibres defining electrical paths running through said composite material, and a detector for monitoring an electrical characteristic of one or more of said paths, thereby to determine a structural condition of said component.”
The patent has been granted under International Patent Classification (IPC) G01M 3/40, which covers inventions related to:
“Investigating fluid tightness of structures by using electric means, e.g. by observing electric discharges”
This patent can be opposed under post-grant patent opposition within 12 months of the date of grant of this patent.
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