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EPSRC Reference: EP/C533186/1
Title: Platform: Advanced Instrumentation Systems: Development and Applications
Principal Investigator: Grattan, Professor KT
Other Investigators:
Arcoumanis, Professor C
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Department: Sch of Engineering and Mathematical Sci
Organisation: City, University of London
Scheme: Platform Grants (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2005 Ends: 30 June 2010 Value (£): 445,237
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Transport Systems and Vehicles
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The areas of active research in advanced instrumentation systems at City are those recognized as driving forces for the economy in this century - optics, photonics, diagnostic systems, sensors, energy and the environment, modelling and simulation. A variety of projects is being undertaken reflecting the skills and versatility of the group, especially focusing on the automotive and process industries, with applied research being underpinned by a common use of optical or ultrasonic technology and advanced modelling capability. The needs of society and the industries which employ our graduates, as well as the methods used, are changing rapidly and additional in-house research has, for many companies, become a luxury they cannot afford. Here we can and do help - the group is determined to seize effectively the opportunities that arise, enabling flexible and responsive groups such as ours 'to fill the gap' (Royal Academy of Engineering Report on 'Future of Engineering Research', August 2003) in the areas discussed below.Fibre optics and optical instrumentation: The Group is active in a number of areas in both the fundamental development of new and better technologies, coupled with the testing and evaluation of optical and fibre optic sensors for a wide range of applications.Photonics modelling: Using advanced finite element methods, the group is researching at the leading edge of the subject in creating effective models and thus enhancing the design process for a series of advanced integrated optical devices.Instrument systems modelling: Using advanced electromagnetic modelling, research has been applied to industrial problems involving overheating in industrial variable transformers, the design of pressure transducers and miniature actuator design for grain sorting with Sortex plc and Vogan Ltd.Ultrasonic systems for NDT: Research is focused on both novel transducer design and simulation using advanced modelling techniques for NDT systems performance, supported by EPSRC and through a recent EU grant with major European manufacturers in the aerospace field.Biomedical instrumentation and signal processing: Advanced signal processing methods are being developed and used in the gathering, manipulation and interpretation of information from medical signals, to create future instrumental techniques for more accurate diagnosis and intervention by the clinicianFlow and Combustion diagnostics: The expertise here lies in the development and application of 1-D and 2-D optical and laser-based diagnostic systems. These are applied to the automotive sector with advanced applications of instrumentation techniques in automotive systems being supported by international companies such as BMW, Siemens, Delphi, Yamaha Motors, Toyota and Nissan.Two-phase flow diagnostics and modelling: The point laser techniques which are widely used to characterize the single-phase flows in various industrial systems are being developed and extended to allow simultaneous 2-D measurement following injection of liquid fuel into the chambers of reciprocating engines and gas turbines, as well as validation of relevant CFD two-phase flow models.Engine lubricant flow diagnostics: Laser-induced fluorescence instrumentation is being developed and enhanced through incorporating novel optical and fibre optic features to provide instantaneous information of the lubricant film thickness and temperature in reciprocating engines.
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