Water Heated Panels for Simulating the Infrared Signature of a Target
Patent, filed 5 May 97, Patent-5 751 006
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A array of water heated panel comprising a rectangular shaped support structure having a fluid inlet passageway positioned at the top portion of the structure and a fluid outlet passageway positioned at the bottom portion of the structure. The support structure also has a plurality of equally spaced substantially parallel fluid transport tubes which run the length of support structure. Each fluid transport tube within the support structure has one end connected to the inlet passageway and an opposite and connected to the inlet passageway. The support structure also has a flat outer radiating surface which is positioned adjacent to the fluid transport tube of the water heated panel. The fluid transport tubes of the water heated panel efficiently transfers heat from heated water flowing through the fluid transport tubes to the radiating surface of the water heated panel without substantial heat loss. The heat transfer to the radiating surface simulates the thermal surface features and infrared signature of the heat generating structure or device on a target vessel. A computer controls the thermal profile of the panels which allows for a simulation of any required infrared signature.
- Infrared Detection and Detectors