Valaris has filed a patent for a deployable measurement system that analyzes railroad tracks. The system includes a housing, reflecting assembly, movement assembly, and an optical measurement system. The system can be moved between a stored and deployed position, and uses light to measure parameters related to the rail. GlobalData’s report on Valaris gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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Deployable measurement system for analyzing railroad track parameters
A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230174122A1) describes a deployable measurement system for use on vehicles that move along railroad tracks. The system includes a housing that can be attached to the vehicle's frame, a reflecting assembly that can move between a stored position and a deployed position, and a movement assembly that controls the movement of the reflecting assembly. The reflecting assembly has a reflective element that can reflect electromagnetic radiation.
Inside the housing, there is an optical measurement system that receives the reflected electromagnetic radiation and measures parameters related to the conducting rail of the railroad track. The system also includes one or more sensors that can detect whether the reflecting assembly is in the stored position, the deployed position, or both. These sensors can generate a signal indicating the position of the reflecting assembly and transmit it.
The patent further describes that the sensors can be mechanical, electrical, optical, or limit switches. They can also be internal sensors that detect the movement of an actuator. When the reflecting assembly is in the deployed position, at least a portion of it is positioned outside of the housing. The housing itself has a base with an opening and a lip around its periphery.
Additionally, the reflective element of the reflecting assembly is positioned at a non-zero angle relative to horizontal when in the deployed position. The reflecting assembly consists of a base plate, an aperture plate, and first and second side brackets. The reflective element is coupled to the base plate, and the side brackets are attached to the ends of the aperture plate and the base plate. The side brackets are designed to detach from the aperture plate if a force is applied to the base plate or the brackets, with the detachment threshold set to prevent detachment in the absence of an impact from a foreign object.
In summary, the patent describes a deployable measurement system for vehicles on railroad tracks that includes a reflecting assembly, an optical measurement system, and sensors to detect the position of the reflecting assembly. The system allows for the measurement of parameters related to the conducting rail and can be deployed and stored as needed.