Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

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


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Rajesh N. Dave

Second Advisor

Ian Sanford Fischer

Third Advisor

Anthony D. Rosato


Development of a technique for non-intrusive particle motion tracking in three dimensions is considered. This technique is based on the principle of magnetic induction. In particular, the determination of the position and onentation of the particle from the information gathered is the pnncipal focus of this thesis. The development of such a system is motivated by the need to understand the flow patterns of granular material. This is of cntical importance in dealing with problems associated with bulk solids flows which occur in almost all industries and in natural geological events. A study of the current diagnostic techniques reveals the limitations in their ability to track the motion of an individual particle in a mass flow of other particles. These techniques fail when the particle must be tracked in three dimensions in a non-intrusive manner. The diagnostic technique we consider results in an unconstrained minimization problem of an overdetennined system of nonlinear equations. The Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm is used to solve such a system to predict the location of the particle. The viability of this technique is established through simulated and actual expenmental results. Practical problems such as the effect of noise are considered. Directions for future work are provided.



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