Industrial process tomography (IPT)

IPT is a technique for obtaining cross-sectional images from non-invasive measurements at the periphery of industrial processes

For a the last 25 years we have been pioneering research into industrial tomography. This technique is used for obtaining cross-sectional images from non-invasive measurements at the periphery of industrial processes, such as oil pipeline, pneumatic conveyors, mixing tanks and fluidised beds.

An industrial tomography system is not only a unique tool for visualisation of industrial processes, but can provide valuable information for verification of CFD models, optimisation of equipment design, online monitoring and control, which was impossible with conventional instruments. Research carried out by this research team covers a wide range of tomography modalities and systems for industrial and medical applications.

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Our PhD projects available

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Research focus

We undertake many research projects in industrial process tomography.

Postgraduate projects available

We offer a number of postgraduate research projects that cover a wide range of tomography modalities and systems.

Research timeline

  • 1989, Process Tomography Group founded by late Professor Maurice Beck
  • 1991, First real-time ECT system demonstrated in Schlumberger
  • 1992, Organised the first ECAPT conference in Manchester
  • 1994, Spin-off company, Process Tomography Ltd founded
  • 1996, Co-founded VCIPT with University of Leeds and University of Exeter, 
  • 1997, IEE/NPL Wheatstone Measurement Prize for the development of ECT
  • 1999, Organised the first WCIPT conference in Buxton
  • 2000, IEE Ayrton Premium for a paper in ACECT system design
  • 2000, Honeywell Prize from Institute of Measurement and Control for a review paper on ECT
  • 2004, Became part of Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing Group (SISP)
  • 2007, Co-founded ISIPT
  • 2009, IET Innovation Awards Finalist on pharmaceutical fluidised bed imaging by ECT
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