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Electrical capacitance tomography: a review on portable ECT system and hardware design

Wan Norhisyam Abd Rashid (Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Durian Tunggal, Malaysia)
Elmy Johana Mohamad (Advance Mechatronics Research Group, Department of Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering, Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Ruzairi Abdul Rahim (Control & Instrumentation Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)
Jaafar Abdullah (Centre for Computed Tomography and Industrial Imaging, Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Bangi, Malaysia)
Hanis Liyana Mohmad Ameran (Department of Mechatronic & Robotic, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 18 January 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

There are demands from the industry to have a modern application of Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT) system which is mobile and agile. One of the factors why such system is needed in the industry is because of the requirement to install the measurement sensors in a hostile and harsh environment which demands a special kind of ECT system. This paper will discuss the features of mobile or portable ECT which is more practical to be implemented in the harsh environment. Besides, the implementation of cloud computing and wireless technology in the portable ECT systems is also discussed. This review outlines some key features of portable or in another word mobile ECT as a complete system.

Design/methodology/approach

There are demands from the industry to have a modern application of ECT system which is mobile and agile. One of the factors why such system is needed in the industry is due to the requirement to install the measurement sensors in hostile and harsh environment which demands a special kind of ECT systems. This paper will discuss the features of mobile or portable ECT which is more practical to be implemented in the harsh environment. Besides, the implementation of cloud computing and wireless technology in the portable ECT systems is also being discussed. This review outlines some key features of portable or in another word mobile ECT as a complete system.

Findings

This review outlines some key features of portable or in another word mobile ECT as a complete system. A lot of improvement can be done to realize a reliable and stable ECT system. It is seems that in the near future, machine to machine communication will become the main stream.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to study improvement that can be done to develop a portable ECT system which is reliable and stable. Besides, the implementation of cloud computing and wireless technology in the portable ECT systems is also discussed.

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Acknowledgements

Authors are grateful to the financial support by Research University Grant of Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (ERGS Grant: E041), Ministry of Higher Education and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.

Citation

Abd Rashid, W.N., Mohamad, E.J., Abdul Rahim, R., Abdullah, J. and Mohmad Ameran, H.L. (2016), "Electrical capacitance tomography: a review on portable ECT system and hardware design", Sensor Review, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 64-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/SR-06-2015-0089

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