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Title: Microwave radar sensor for solid flow measurement
Author: Isa, Maryam Binte Mohd
ISNI:       0000 0001 3587 1517
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2006
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Industrial flow measurement is a challenging area and in high demand. Tremendous research has been carried out to improve and solve problems in the flow measurement system. Thus, new techniques are produced and a wider range of flow measurement solutions have become available in market. This study has introduced a new technique that is useful and proves to be applicable in industrial flow measurement system. Microwave Doppler radar sensor was used to extract useful information of the solid flow characteristics. The amplitude level of the Doppler signal is analysed instead of the frequency shift that is normally used in conventional Doppler radar sensor. The relation between the amplitude level and the characteristic of the flow was determined to define the characteristics of the flow. The solids weight and dimension are among the characteristics that are investigated in this study. Microwave sensor circuits based on Doppler radar technique operating at 2.45GHz and 10.58GHz were designed, constructed and tested. The 2.45GHz system was built in the initial study and pre-testing of the Doppler radar sensor system prior to the construction of the 10.58GHz system that was later used for the measurement purposes. The antennas and circuit analyses were carried out in building an optimum sensor system. Two-antenna and two-antenna with copper plate are two new antenna configurations that are applied in single solid flow measurement analysis. The flow measurements were carried out using different types of solids ranges from 4mm to 20mm sizes and 0.02g to 0.63g of weight for single and multiple solids flow. The linear relations of the reflected power and the solids characteristics determined from the analyses are found to be useful in differentiating the type of solids and measuring the total weight of solids flowing.
Supervisor: Wu, Zhipeng Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fluid mechanics ; Industrial flow measurement