Electrical tomography laboratory

Electrical tomography laboratory (ETL) is equipped with tomographic imaging devices, phantoms and accessories for imaging pipes, tanks, stirring vessels as well as cement-based materials and structures, ground, and human body. The tomographic devices are mainly based on electromagnetic interaction with the object, but also some other techniques, such as thermal stimulation are used. Some of the devices are in-house made and some of them are commercial. In the following sections, a brief description of the ETL’s equipment is given.

Process tomography

Process tomography section of the lab is equipped with tomography measurement systems and process simulators. The equipment can be used to examine various process applications such as multiphase flows, mixing and separation, and for the assessment of the condition of concrete and other solid structures.

The flow pipe process simulator

The flow pipe process simulator can be used to simulate, for example, liquid – liquid and liquid – gas mixing applications. The flow pipe system consists of a tank, a circular tube, an impedance tomography measurement device and conventional process measurement and control devices. The pipe type is DN50. The inner diameter of the pipe is 56.3 mm and the material is EN 1.4404 (316L) stainless steel. The length of the circular flow pipe is 22.0 m. The circular flow pipe system is constructed on curvature and straight pieces with standard lengths between 0.5 and 2.0 m.

Standard G1/2” process connectors are located at both ends of the straight tube. This allows to select the location for injection or temperature/pressure measurements. It is also possible to use clear acrylic tubes (0.5 – 2.0m) instead of steel pipes to make visual observations.

The photograph represents a tank (Volume 1 m3) filled with a material to be tested and a pump (Lowara SHOE 50-125/55) used for the main flow. The pump provides hydraulic performance of 800 l/min and 27m when using 5.5 kW motor power. The maximum dimensions of displaced solids are 40 mm.

The programmable logic system controls the main flow, chemical injection and gas injection.The logic systems consist of a programmable logic (Wago, type 750) and an industrial panel PC (IEI Technology). The logic system can be controlled via Ethernet or by local web user interface. The logic system also collects measurement data from conventional process measurement sensors.

The impedance tomography measurements are performed with CoreApus EIST-device (Numcore Ldt). System consists of separate sensor (B) and electronics (A) modules.

Other tomography devices of the electrical tomography laboratory

KIT4 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system

KIT4 is the latest EIT-device designed and constructed at the Department of Technical Physics. KIT4 EIT-device has 80 parallel voltage measurement channels and 16 parallel current injection channels. The maximum frame rate is 100 frames/second using 16 measurement channels. More detailed information about the KIT4 –device can be found in this publication.

In the picture, the KIT4 system is used for chemical injection research at FiberLaboratory, Savonlinna. The system also includes wireless conductivity probe prototype (top part of the photograph).

A photo of the KIT4 system measuring a target inside the tank with freely moveable walls.

In the picture, there is a photo of chest phantom. Dimensions are from Visible Human Project.

KIT3 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system

KIT3 is designed mainly for conductivity probe measurements. It has 64 serial measurement channels and 4 parallel injection channels. In this photo, KIT3 system is connected to the flow pipe simulator.

KIT2 Electrical impedance tomography measurement system

KIT2 has 16 parallel or 96 semiparallel measurement channels and 16 parallel or 96 semiparallel injection channels. More information about KIT2 –system can be found from PhD Thesis (in Finnish). In this photo, KIT2 is used with multiplexer unit and is connected to the mixing system. KIT systems are designed and constructed at the Department of Technical Physics.

Thermal tomography measurement system

In the thermal tomography measurement setup, surface temperature evolution caused by a thermal stimulation is measured. The thermal stimulation is achieved by applying a pulse heating using heating resistors and the surface temperature is measured using thermistors.

The photo shows a prototype version including 8 independently controllable heating elements and 16 temperature measuring thermistors.

CoreApus Spectroscopic electrical impedance tomography measurement system

CoreApus has 8 parallel (or 60 semiparallel) injection channels and 60 parallel measurement channels. The system is originally supplied with a flow pipe sensor (5 electrode ring *12 electrode each), but can be used with sensors of other kind, too. The system supplier is Numcore Ldt (Outotec).

Electromagnetic flow tomography (EMFT) measurement system

Electromagnetic flow tomography is an emerging imaging modality for estimating velocity fields of conductive flowing fluids in pipes. The approach behind the EMFT is the creation of magnetic field into the pipe flow, causing an electric field inside the pipe due to the moving charges. This electric field, or potential distribution, can be measured on the inside boundary of the pipe using a set of electrodes. In our lab, we have designed and built an EMFT system including four excitation coils with 16 voltage measurement electrodes. With the setup, we can estimate 2D velocity fields of conductive fluid flows in process pipes.

The photo shows the EMFT measurement system with four coils and 16 electrodes.

Other systems used in the electrical tomography laboratory

SPIFIN Spectral induced polarization measurement system

SIPFIN system is modified from a commercially available SIP256 –system. The modified system allows the user to make voltage measurements also on the electrodes connected to the current injection channels. SIPFIN also has larger voltage measurement range than the standard system.

Photos: SIPFIN and condition of concrete measurement (left). SIPFIN geophysical measurement example (right). System manufacturer is Radic Research Ldt.

Datain Data infusion system (program and hardware)

Datain provides systematic savings of information from the flow pipe loop and CoreApus EIT –devices. The system also provides analysis and visualization of measurement results. The system supplier is Kuava Oy.

PTL300E Electrical capacitance tomography system

PTL300E is a commercially available Electrical Capacitance Tomography system from Process Tomography Ldt.

SRS830 DSP lock-in amplifier

CCommercially available lock-in amplifier can also be used for an accurate phase EIT-measurement when connected to a separate current source. SRS830 manufacturer is Stanford Research Systems. DSP lock-in amplifier and a constant current source form a simple spectroscopic impedance measurement system.

Hioki 3532-50 LCR -HiTester

Hioki can be used for example to measure the impedance spectrum of calibration targets. The frequency range is 42Hz-5MHz. Device manufacturer is HIOKI Corporation. The laboratory equipment comprises a large number of commercially available measurement devices, tools and materials.