Next generation measurement systems

Save favourite 24 Jan January 2018
karakterisering av yta Jan Thim STC

Climate changes affects the whole world, and as a consequence, the need to measure different environmental parameters increases. For example, by measuring water levels, CO2 levels, temperature and radiation as well as combining these different measurement values in real-time analysis, new opportunities opens to prevent, affect and correct problems in time.

Within the strategy area XGeMS - Next Generation Measurement Systems there is an example of this, in which STC in cooperation with the partner company Combitech, studied a new measurement method that faster can predict the risk of icing on the rotor blades on wind turbines. Using a new camera technique that measures the size of water droplets in fog, the measurement system can predict the risk of icing more quickly. This means that actions can be taken in time to avoid long downtime for de-icing. The result will be a safer and more efficient production of electricity from wind power plants.

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To meet industry and society's need for new measurement technology STC conduct research for the regional industries so that they can go from offline measurement to online measurement, thus streamlining production and creating resource-efficient end products with higher quality.

Key success factors are the close cooperation with industry and the combination of researchers' various skills. Wide competence in measurement systems with pixel sensors sensitive to energy levels from long-wave IR to X-ray is another example
on success factors where data visualization is also included as an important part.

XGeMS consists of the following research areas:

  • Radiation sensors - Pixel detectors for ionizing radiation.
  • Detectors and photonics - Detectors for CO2 measurement, electron detectors, thermal neutron detectors, and new fiber optic laser sources and fiber optic sensors for industrial and medical use.
  • Vison sensor system - Embedded systems combining electronics, image sensors and image analysis.
  • Realistic 3D technology - Visualization of data and multidimensional image processing focusing on multiscopic 3D capture, encoding and visualization.
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Example of partner companies:

Alkit Communications AB
Acreo Fiberlag AB
Andritz Tools AB
Billerud Korsnäs
Cobolt AB
Iggesund Holmen Group
Järbo Elektrokapsel AB
Laser Nova AB
MidDec AB
MoRe Research
Optoskand AB
Raybium AB
ScandiDos AB
SenseAir AB
Sund Birsta AB