Date of Award

Fall 1995

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Rajesh N. Dave

Second Advisor

Anthony D. Rosato

Third Advisor

Kwabena A. Narh

Abstract

A Three-Dimensional Non-Intrusive Particle Tracking System has been developed at NJIT's Particle Technology Center to provide experimental results for validating theories being developed in the field of Particle Technology. The system utilizes the principle of magnetic induction between several high-frequency miniature transmitters mounted inside a sphere and a set of receiving loop antennae mounted outside the experimental apparatus. Basic theories and algorithms for the tracking system have already been developed. The focus of this thesis is to make the tracking system more accurate, reliable and user-friendly and to apply it to the study of vibrated beds and chute flows. Various techniques to reduce errors in solution and to reduce multiple solutions in orientations are discussed and implemented. Some experimental results of tracking in a vibrated bed of particles are also presented.

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