Acronym AIMBURN
Funding Reference ESPRIT Project 2192
Dates 1989|1992
Summary

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 objective of this project was to develop, implement and test a general purpose multisensor system to optimise the operation of industrial fuel burning systems, and to control and assist the maintenance of industrial furnaces and boilers. The project was 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 2 different levels. Low level control aims at the definition of simplified dynamic models and proper control strategies and includes sensor integration and the implementation and optimization of new sensors, either physical and chemical or optical. It has been given particular attention to the development of a vision system to acquire data on flames and to classify them according with previously learned standards. Other sensors under development included viscosity meters for heavy fuel oil and molten glass and a volumetric fuel flowmeter for fuel oil.
High level control aims at the definition and implementation of actions based on: sensorial information, specific knowledge driven by sophisticated mathematical models of the flow and heat transfer characteristics of industrial burning systems and empirical knowledge of subsystem not considered by the mathematical models.

Research Groups Computer and Robot Vision Lab (VisLab)
Project Partners Imperial College (UK), TRION (G), IGC (Spain), Mague (P), EDP (P), Barbosa & Almeida (P), Servotrol (P)
ISR/IST Responsible
João Sentieiro
People
José Santos-Victor
[1] José Santos-Victor, João Paulo Costeira, J. Tome, João Sentieiro, A Computer Vision System for the Characterization and Classification of Flames in Glass Furnaces, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, no. 3, Vol. 29, pp. 470-478, 1993
[2] João Paulo Costeira, J. P. Fernandes, M. V. Heitor, João Sentieiro, J. P. Simoes, José Santos-Victor, A Vision System for the Analysis and Classification of Industrial Flames, 6th ESPRIT CIM Conference, Lisboa, Portugal, 1990
[3] José Santos-Victor, João Paulo Costeira, J. Tome, João Sentieiro, A Computer Vision System for the Characterization and Clasiffication of Physical Phenomena inside Glass Furnace, CIM in the Process Industry Workshop, Atenas, Grecia, 1991
[4] João Paulo Costeira, José Santos-Victor, João Sentieiro, Computation of Unmelted Materials Flow in Glass Furnaces by Moving Imaging Techniques, THERMIE - European Seminar on Improved Technologies for the Rational Use of Energy in Glass Industry, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1992