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International Society for Industrial Process Tomography

8th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography

IPT in Industry – Application Need to Technology Design

Brian S. Hoyle

School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK


This review paper for users and researchers, introduces industry sectors that offer potential applications for Industrial Process Tomography (IPT). It summarises monitoring and/or control needs in processes that feature a need for more than one or two single point parameter measurements. A classification of processes is presented, firstly in terms of spatial geometry and temporal progression of component distribution; secondly and critically in terms of the information required by process designers and/or operators. Key design principles that influence the selected configuration for IPT instrumentation are reviewed from a generic perspective. Contrasting case studies are then used in the paper to identify the application benefit and design features: (i) sensing implementations in marine dredging, and (ii) process mixing in the production of fine chemicals. These are used to highlight how implementation is radically influenced by application requirements. The emerging principles are collected in a methodology in the paper for the design of IPT sensing configurations that meet requirements in terms of spatial and temporal parameters and the process information delivered.

Keywords: industrial process tomography, IPT application classification

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