Sensor interrogator for process industry

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Coordinator RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Kista
Funding from Vinnova SEK 600 000
Project duration August 2019 - April 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Strategic innovation programme for process industrial IT and automation – PiiA
Call Digitization of industrial value chains

Purpose and goal

Evaluate, test and report on a data-generating system for sensing parameters in the process industry, by: 1-Building a digital data-generating interrogator for fiber sensors for process industry 2-Evaluating its performance according to specifications from Proximion 3-Testing the interrogator in the laboratory with a string of sensors, generating digital data and analyzing results, to reach a TRL 4. 4-Reporting on the performance and limitations, to reach a decision on a full-scale project in discussions with end-user (as part of this pre-study).

Expected results and effects

This pre-study will evaluate the performance of a pulsed system to read the individual sensors along a single fiber is useful for the process industry. This multipoint measurement capability is crucial in systems where one wants to monitor temperature, for instance, along a high-temperature furnace in the cement or metal industry. New markets and a range of new possibilities for sensing applications in the process industry would be opened with a pulsed laser source, capable of probing tens to hundreds of sensors along a single fiber installed in the field.

Planned approach and implementation

The industrial partner Proximion will provide the specifications of the interrogator for it to be commercially interesting, and the components needed for the evaluation. KTH and RISE will implement the laser and the set-up for the studies to follow. KTH and RISE will carry our experimental work for the evaluation, first with a single sensor, and later with a string of sensors simulating a field test.

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