Research Seminar - January 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm
Fiber Optic Sensors for the Steelmaking Industry
Steelmaking facilities require continuous temperature measurements throughout the manufacturing process to ensure consistent product quality and high productivity. Real-time temperature monitoring in processes like furnace reheating, furnace annealing, and continuous casting enables the use of advanced control strategies and provide process control feedback for the aforementioned processes. Owing to the significance of continuous temperature measurements in steelmaking, an accurate, information-rich, fast, and minimally invasive temperature measurement system is highly desirable. Due to limitations of conventional thermocouples, fiber-optic sensors were explored as potential solutions for temperature measurements in steelmaking processes. Fiber-optic sensors were successfully demonstrated in various applications in the steel industry. Fiber-optic sensors offer practical advantages for temperature measurement in steel industry applications due to the miniaturized size of the optical waveguide, immunity to electromagnetic interferences, ability to withstand harsh environments, and the capability for distributed sensing.
Muhammad Roman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA. He earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Taxila, Pakistan, in 2013. He worked as a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wah and at COMSATS institute of information technology, Wah Cantt, Pakistan. He is currently working as a research assistant in the Lightwave Technology Lab at Missouri S&T under the supervision of Prof. Jie Huang. His research interests include distributed fiber-optic sensors for temperature and strain measurements in harsh environments.