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Title: A study of microwave moisture measurement in bulk materials.
Author: Haigh, Arthur D.
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 1994
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Moisture measurements play an important role in many material preparations and industrial processes. Microwave techniques have been used for several decades for such measurements. Shortcomings associated with the method have been addressed. Graphical solutions used hitherto to obtain the permittivity from waveguide measurements have been replaced by computer programs. The accuracy of measurement have been improved by the development of waveguide standards and the implementation of calibration procedures. Permittivity measurements in through and short circuited rectangular waveguides are reported on a wide range of solid, granular and liquid materials important to the food industry. Techniques to suppress standing wave effects have enabled accurate plane wave measurements of permittivity. For bulk materials, new measurement probes have been developed for on line measurements and associated with these probes lower cost instrumentation has been considered. TheĀ· main outcome of the study is the improvement in permittivity measurements of sample quantities of material. Moisture measurements in bulk materials have been facilitated by novel non invasive probes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Water content Measurement Electromechnical devices Electronic apparatus and appliances