Control and Monitoring
With Chalmers University - Making an impact for a sustainable future
Chalmers University's Division of Energy Technology are working on revolutionizing power generation. As part of this research, they require a system that can monitor and save a variety of signals from different types of sensors. They also need to control industrial equipment to conduct experiments.
QESTIT upgraded and modified an existing program that was being used in the research center. Work was completed on-site allowing users to be directly involved in the development of the program.
The Division of Energy Technology at Chalmers University needed a system to test pumping gas through various powdered solids (for example sand). This system needed to communicate with instruments used to control gas flow through the chamber. It also needed to monitor the pressure and temperature throughout the system and calculate several other readings (such as absolute pressure) in real time. All of the data recorded needed to be saved in an understandable format for analysis later in the project.
QESTIT worked on-site directly with the research staff that would be using the program. Users were able to give direct feedback to the system designers during the development phase of the project and customize the final product to what they needed. This also helped researchers to expand their LabVIEW knowledge, gain insight into the development process and receive advice on how to maintain and expand the program in the future.
The delivered system was an upgrade and expansion of an existing system developed by Chalmers University staff. Utilizing our expertise in LabVIEW, we developed a solution with a more responsive user interface including several new features for displaying data. The project was completed and installed within two weeks, allowing researchers to continue their projects without major delays.
Aside from the software development, QESTIT also assisted in installing additional hardware for the system. After creating a specification, we recommended hardware to be purchased by Chalmers to monitor all the sensors for the system. We then assisted with the installation of the hardware (which in this case was a CompactDAQ Chassis with NI 9205 modules).
"We feel that the collaboration has worked very well!
QESTIT has been very good at listening, informing and applying our desired solutions."
Rustan Hvitt, Research engineer
The QESTIT Systems team employs two certified LabVIEW architects with practical experience that stretches over 35 years when combined. We assist on developing new systems, improving existing systems and providing LabVIEW training or certifications. We have developed custom in-house LabVIEW courses for our G# Framework and run NI certified courses at our offices in Gothenburg/Stockholm.
Chalmers received an improved test system with additional features added by the ADDQ Team. It collects all sensor information and saves it in a custom file which can be opened in excel for easy analysis.
See more about what the Division of Energy Technology for Chalmers University do here.
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