Based on four previous meetings of UK workers, this co-ordinated activity has three aims :
1) to hold annual meetings of workers from all the EC organisations in order to promote scientific discussion and future applications
2) to prepare an annual report of progress in process tomography
3) to support a database of EC and international progress in process tomography.
The programme has been particularly effective in encouraging interchange of ideas and rapid progress of multidisciplinary research in applying tomographic techniques to meet specified industrial needs. An active community has been established including an electronic database. High quality research has been undertaken with significant industrial impact, as evidenced by the publications output describing results of industrial and academic collaborators.
Process tomography is aimed to solve the need for general detailed knowledge of the boundaries between various fluid and solid components in physical systems. In recent years several groups in various countries have developed novel techniques for tomographically imaging systems ranging from process pipelines and reactors to geological strata.
Collaborating groups in the UK and several other countries have developed the subject of 'process tomography' to satisfy the great industrial need for non-intrusive measurements of common boundaries in multi-phase flow, process mixing, etc.
The enabling skills of process tomography are sensors, random data analysis, digital signal processing, and the use of array processors. Closely related application skills are process technology, fluid dynamics, and computer-aided design. This interdisciplinary subject is now a major research topic for sixty workers, mostly in EC universities, and eleven workers in EC industry.