A video detection and tracking system was devised to track and record the position versus time of tracer particles moving through a transparent medium. The system was applied to studying the flow-related transport phenomena at all points within packed-bed reactors since the previously proposed mathematical models for describing them have not been proven adequate throughout the entire packed-bed. A modified TV camera was used to obtain a video presentation of the motion of a highly reflective particle in an otherwise transparent bed. A microcomputer was then used to process the video signal, using the vertical and horizontal sync pulses as timing signals. Output of the system was a punched paper tape with position versus time data for later analysis in a large computer.

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1977 paper on Video detection and tracking of tracer particles in a model packed-bed reactor.Please see http://ieeexplore.ieee.org for more information. ISSN:0018-9456 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Department, Program, or Center

Software Engineering (GCCIS)


RIT – Main Campus