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FRANCO, EDIGUER E.; ADAMOWSKI, JULIO C.  e  BUIOCHI, FLAVIO. ULTRASONIC SENSOR FOR THE PRESENCE OF OILY CONTAMINANTS IN WATER. Dyna rev.fac.nac.minas [online]. 2012, vol.79, n.176, pp.4-9. ISSN 0012-7353.

The determination of the complex reflection coefficient of ultrasonic shear-waves at the solid-liquid interface is a technique employed for the measurement of the viscoelastic properties of liquids. An interesting property of the measurement technique is the very small penetration depth of the shear-waves into the liquid sample, which permits measurements with liquid films of some micrometers thick. This property, along with the adhesion of oily substances to surfaces, can be used for the detection of oily contaminants in water. In this work, the employment of the ultrasonic shear-wave reflection technique to the detection of oily contaminants in water is proposed and the theoretical and experimental concepts involved are discussed. Preliminary experimental results show the measurement technique can detect SAE 40 automotive oil in water in volume proportions less than 0.5%.

Palavras-chave : Ultrasound; shear waves; water-oil emulsion; oily contaminant.

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