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Keywords:

  • computer vision;
  • fluidized bed;
  • interface;
  • pattern recognition;
  • sensor

Abstract

The fine tuning of a sensor designed to locate interfaces using a two-dimensional gas–solid fluidized bed (FB) as reference is described. The sensor works through computer vision and consists of a charge coupled device camera that is placed alongside the bed and, as the human eye would do, first establishes a straight segment of the bed's top surface to define the phase boundary and then through pattern recognition continuously scans the interface in search of a similar pattern. The field of view is 582 × 752 pixels2. The experimentally measured Pixel size is 216 × 208 μm2. The device allows for experimentally obtaining the position of the probe with a resolution of ± 0.01 pixels at 25 Hz. We also describe its use to measure the height of the FB and observe a linear relationship with fluidization velocity. © 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2012