Advanced Intelligent Multisensor System for Control of Boilers and Furnaces


AIMBURN - 2192

Keywords control systems, knowledge-based systems, process industries, sensors, vision systems, pollution control


Start Date: 21-JUN-89 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of this project is to develop, implement and test a general-purpose multi-sensor system to optimise the operation of industrial fuel-burning systems, and to control and assist the maintenance of industrial furnaces and boilers.

The impetus for the work stems from the fact that industrial competitiveness within the European Community over the next decade will undoubtedly depend on the efficient use of information technologies to optimise energy consumption. Since energy consumption and pollution are frequently linked, the implications for pollution abatement may have also to be considered in the application of IT to improve industrial competitiveness. The project is aimed to assure optimum conditions of industrial burning systems through the maintenance of efficient flame characteristics, which are achieved with the implementation of adequate control mechanisms in two different levels, as follows:

  1. Low-level control
  2. High-level control

The AIMBURN project has been essentially industry-driven, but the progress of the work has revealed a scientific potential which has been naturally exploited. Considerable innovative and original work include:

Exploitation

The results of the work will be exploited either as an overall product consisting in an advanced multi-sensor system for the control of large industrial furnaces, or as various subproducts as follows:


CONTACT POINT

Prof Manuel Valssina Heitor
ADIST
Av. Rovisco Pais
P - 1096 LISBOA
tel: +351/ 1-847.3453
fax: +351/ 1-89 61 56

email:: D2370@BETA.IST.RCCN.PT

Participants

ADIST - P - C
FABRICA DE VIDROS BARBOSA & ALMEIDA - P - P
IGC-INSPECTION Y GARANTIA
DE CALIDAD SA - E - P
IDS-INTELLIGENT DECISION SYSTEMS SA - E - P
SERVOTROL - P - P
UNISOFT - P - P
TRION PRAEZISIONSELEKTRONIK
GMBH & CO KG - D - P
MAGUE - P - P
ELECTRICIDADE DE PORTUGAL - P - A
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO - P - A
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY & MEDICINE - UK - A


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AIMBURN - 2192, December 1993


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