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Wireless temperature sensing using permanent magnets for multiple points undergoing repeatable motions

Chen, Yi; Guba, Oksana G.; Brooks, Carlton F.; Roberts, Christine C.; van Bloemen Waanders, Bart G.; Nemer, Martin N.

Temperature monitoring is essential in automation, mechatronics, robotics and other dynamic systems. Wireless methods which can sense multiple temperatures at the same time without the use of cables or slip-rings can enable many new applications. A novel method utilizing small permanent magnets is presented for wirelessly measuring the temperature of multiple points moving in repeatable motions. The technique utilizes linear least squares inversion to separate the magnetic field contributions of each magnet as it changes temperature. The experimental setup and calibration methods are discussed. Initial experiments show that temperatures from 5 to 50 °C can be accurately tracked for three neodymium iron boron magnets in a stationary configuration and while traversing in arbitrary, repeatable trajectories. This work presents a new sensing capability that can be extended to tracking multiple temperatures inside opaque vessels, on rotating bearings, within batteries, or at the tip of complex endeffectors.