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Process Tomography Laboratory

The process tomography laboratory is equipped with tomography measurement systems and process simulators. The equipment can be used to examine various process applications such as multiphase flow, mixing, separation and assessment of the condition of concrete and other solid structures.

360-degree Photo1 and Photo2 of the laboratory.

The flow pipe process simulator

The flow pipe process simulator

The flow pipe process simulator can be used to simulate, for example, liquid – liquid or liquid – gas mixing applications. The flow pipe system consist of a tank, a circular tube, an impedance tomography measurement device and conventional process measurement and control devices. The pipe type is DN50. The inner diameter of the pipe is 56.3 mm and the material is EN 1.4404 (316L) stainless steel. The length of the circular flow pipe is 22.0 m. The circular flow pipe system is constructed on curvature and straight pieces with standard lengths between 0.5 and 2.0 m.

Standard G1/2” process connectors are located at the both ends of the straight tube. This allows to select the location for injection or temperature/pressure measurements. It is also possible to use clear acrylic tubes (0.5 - 2.0m) instead of steel pipes to make visual observations.

The photograph represents a tank (Volume 1 m3) filled with a material to be tested and a pump (Lowara SHOE 50-125/55) used for the main flow. The pump provides hydraulic performance of 800 l/min and 27m when using 5.5 kW motor power. The maximum dimensions of displaced solids are 40 mm.

Tank with a pump

Logic system

The programmable logic system controls the main flow, chemical injection and gas injection.The logic systems consist of a programmable logic (Wago, type 750) and an industrial panel PC (IEI Technology). The logic system can be controlled via Ethernet or by local web user interface. The logic system also collects measurement data from conventional process measurement sensors. More information about these sensors can be found here.

The impedance tomography measurements are performed with CoreApus EIST-device (Numcore Ldt). System consists of separate sensor (B) and electronics (A) modules.


Other tomography devices of the process tomography laboratory:

KIT4 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system

KIT4 is the latest EIT-device designed and constructed at the Department of Applied Physics. KIT4 EIT-device has 80 parallel voltage measurement channels and 16 parallel current injection channels. The device maximum frame rate is 100 frames/second using 16 measurement channels. More detailed information about the KIT4 –device can be found in this publication.
In the picture on right, the KIT4 system is used for chemical injection research at FiberLaboratory, Savonlinna. The system also includes wireless conductivity probe prototype (top part of the photograph). Below there is a photo of KIT4 measurement measuring a target inside the tank with freely moveable walls and also a video demonstrating EIT measurement of a short steel bar in a salt water.



In the picture on right there is a photo of chest phantom. Dimensions are from Visible Human Project. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/applications.html


KIT3 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system

KIT3 is designed mainly for conductivity probe measurements. It has 64 serial measurement channels and 4 parallel injection channels.
In this photo, KIT3 system is connected to the flow pipe simulator.


KIT2 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system


KIT2 has 16 parallel or 96 semiparallel measurement channels and 16 parallel or 96 semiparallel injection channels. More information about KIT2 –system can be found from Banff conference paper or PhD Thesis (in Finnish).
In this photo, KIT2 is used with multiplexer unit and is connected to the mixing system.
KIT systems are designed and constructed at the Department of Applied Physics

Thermal tomography measurement system

In the thermal tomography measurement setup, surface temperature evolution caused by a thermal stimulation is measured. The thermal stimulation is achieved by applying a pulse heating using heating resistors and the surface temperature is measured using thermistors.
The photo on right shows a prototype version including 8 independently controllable heating elements and 16 temperature measuring thermistors.

Thermal tomography measurement system

The photograph represents a thermal tomography measurement system for cubical targets.

Tank with a pump

CoreApus Spectroscopic electrical impedance tomography measurement system

CoreApus has 8 parallel (or 60 semiparallel) injection channels and 60 parallel measurement channels. The system is originally supplied with a flow pipe sensor (5 electrode ring *12 electrode each), but can be used with sensors of other kind, too. System supplier is Numcore Ldt (Outotec ).

Electromagnetic flow tomography (EMFT) measurement system

Electromagnetic flow tomography is an emerging imaging modality for estimating velocity fields of conductive flowing fluids in pipes. The approach behind the EMFT is the creation of magnetic field into the pipe flow, causing en electric field indside the pipe due to the moving charges. This electric field, or potential distribution, can be measured on the inside boundary of the pipe using a set of electrodes. In our lab, we have designed and built an EMFT system incuding four excitation coils with 16 voltage measurement electrodes. With the setup, we are able to estimate 2D velocity fields of conductive fluid flows in process pipes.


An EMFT measurementsystem with four coils and 16 electrodes.

Other systems used in the process tomography laboratory

SIPFIN Spectral induced polarization measurement system

SIPFIN system is modified from a commercially available SIP256 –system. Modificated system allows the user to make voltage measurements also on the electrodes connected to the current injection channels. System has larger voltage measurement range as well.

Photos: SIPFIN and condition of concrete measurement (left). SIPFIN geophysical measurement example(right). System manufacturer is Radic Research Ldt.

Betoni EIT käytännössä


Datain Data infusion system (program and hardware)

Datain provides systematic savings of information from the flow pipe loop and CoreApus EIT –devices. The system also provides analysis and visualization of measurement results. The system supplier is Kuava Oy.

PTL300E Electrical capacitance tomography system


PTL300E is commercially available Electrical Capacitance Tomography system from Process Tomography Ldt.
Typical matrix type ECT- surface sensor is shown left. This sensor is designed for biomedical cell concentration detection.

SRS830 DSP lock-in amplifier

Commercially available lock-in amplifier can also be used as an accurate phase EIT-measurement when connected to a separate current source. SRS830 manufacturer is Stanford Research Systems.
DSP lock-in amplifier and a constant current source form a simple spectroscopic impedance measurement system.

Hioki 3532-50 LCR –HiTester

can be used for example to measure the impedance spectrum of calibration targets. Frequency range is 42Hz- 5MHz. Device manufacturer is HIOKI Corporation.
Process laboratory equipment comprises large number of commercially available measurement devices, tools and materials.

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