Abstract

Electrical resistance tomography (ERT) has been investigated in monitoring conductive flows due to its high speed, non-intrusive and no radiation hazard advantages. Recently, we have developed an ERT system for the novel application of smart wastewater metering. The dedicated low cost and high-speed design of the reported ERT device allows for imaging pipes with different flow constituents and monitoring the sewer networks. This work extends the capability of such a system to work with partially filled lateral pipes where the incomplete data issue arises due to the electrodes losing contact with the conductive medium. Although the ERT for such a limited region has been developed for many years, there is no study on imaging content within these limited regions. For wastewater monitoring, this means imaging the wastewater and solid inclusions at the same time. This paper has presented a modified ERT system that has the capacity to image inclusions within the conductive region using limited data. We have adjusted the ERT hardware to register the information of the non-contact electrodes and hence the valid measurements. A limited region image reconstruction method based on Jacobian reformulation is applied to gain robustness when it comes to inclusion recovery in limited data ERT. Both simulation and experimental results have demonstrated an enhanced performance brought by the limited region method in comparison to the global reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1899
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2020

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