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Graphic element Electromagnetic tomography in industrial and academic applications
     
 
New electromagnetic tomography can detect and visualise magnetic/inductive properties of materials, building up moving process images in the steel, oil, chemical and other sectors.
 

Electromagnetic tomography or EMT is a widely-used and very powerful medical imaging technique which detects and visualises the magnetic/inductive properties of different materials, namely the various tissues of the human body. More recently, attention has turned to other potential applications in the industrial and academic sectors.

The objective of this project was to develop a new process imaging system, based on EMT, suitable for industrial applications. Research focused on understanding what the technology could do and what its limitations were - in particular, how fast the system could capture data so that "moving images" could be built up.

Several EMT systems were designed and built. Initial assessments were made of their suitability for use in the monitoring of hot steel in a strip mill, in non-destructive parts testing; in the assessment of particle flow in water suspensions and in detecting salt water fractions in oil and gas pipelines.

Project partners represent the first team to investigate the suitability of EMT for industrial use and their findings go well beyond the state of the art. Industrial partners have been attracted and follow-on projects are being conducted for two applications in the UK.

Cordis RCN: 22863
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