Dr Md Moinul Hossain
Md Moinul Hossain received his BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh and MSc. degree in Wireless Communications and Systems Engineering from the University of Greenwich in 2005 and 2009, respectively, and his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering in the field of Instrumentation and Measurement from the University of Kent, UK, in 2014. In October 2014 he joined the University of Strathclyde as a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering. He worked as a Research and Development Engineer in the GreenTech Automation Ltd from 2016 to 2017 and during that period he was a Visiting Research Fellow in the ICES Research Group at the University of the Kent. In May 2017 he joined as a Research Associate in the Department of Electronic And Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He was an invited Lecturer of the School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, China in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Also, he was awarded the International Teachers Exchange Scheme Funds in 2015 and 2017, respectively from Southeast University China.
Md Moinul Hossain is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and since January 2018 he is an Editorial Member of IEEE Access Journal.
His main areas of expertise are in Combustion Diagnostics, Sensors, Instrumentation, Measurement, Condition Monitoring, Digital Image Processing, Deep Learning and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.
His research interests include mainly 2D/3D Combustion Diagnostics, Tomographic Techniques, Optical Instrumentation Systems Design and Fabrication, 3D Visualisation, Simulation and Modelling, Digital Signal/Image Processing and Direct Solid-oxide Fuel Cells.
PhD research topics
- Combustion Stability Monitoring through Deep Learning
- Three-dimensional Emission Tomography of Flame Chemiluminescence
- Measurement of Flame Radical Emissions through Hyperspectral Imaging
- Object Detection through Complex Media
Prizes and Awards
- International Teachers Exchange Scheme Awards, School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 05/2015 & 11/2017.
- Student Travel and Subsistence Bursary by Coal Research Forum (CRF), The 10th ECCRIA (European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications), University of Hull, 09/2014.
- IEEE Student Travel Grant, IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), Graz, Austria, 05/2012.
- Student Travel and Subsistence Bursary, The 8th Postgraduate Advanced Measurement & Instrumentation Forum, Beihang University, Beijing, China, 10/2011.
- PhD Research Studentship, Engineering, and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), University of Kent, UK, 09/2009.
- Best Project Award on Master of Science in Wireless Communications & Systems Engineering, University of Greenwich, UK, 10/2008.
- Associate Editor of the IEEE Access Journal
Sun, J. et al. (2018). Investigation of flame radiation sampling and temperature measurement through light field camera. International Journal of Mass and Heat Transfer [Online] 121:1281-1296. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2018.01.083.Different light field cameras (i.e., traditional and focused) can be used for the flame temperature measurement. But it is crucial to investigate which light field camera can provide better reconstruction accuracy for the flame temperature. In this study, numerical simulations were carried out to investigate the reconstruction accuracy of the flame temperature for the different light field cameras. The effects of flame radiation sampling of the light field cameras were described and evaluated. A novel concept of sampling region and sampling angle of the light field camera was proposed to assess the directional accuracy of the sampled rays of each pixel on the photosensor. It has been observed that the traditional light field camera sampled more rays for each pixel, hence the sampled rays of each pixel are approached less accurately from a single direction. The representative sampled ray was defined to obtain the direction of flame radiation. The radiation intensity of each pixel was calculated and indicated that the traditional light field camera sampled less radiation information than the focused light field camera. A non-negative least square (NNLS) algorithm was used to reconstruct the flame temperature. The reconstruction accuracy was also evaluated for the different distances from microlens array (MLA) to the photosensor. The results obtained from the simulations suggested that the focused light field camera performed better in comparison to the traditional light field camera. Experiments were also carried out to reconstruct the temperature distribution of ethylene diffusion flames based on the light field imaging, and to validate the proposed model.
Daood, S. et al. (2017). Additive technology for pollutant control and efficient coal combustion. Energy and Fuels [Online] 31:5581-5596. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b00017.High efficiency and low emissions from pf coal power stations has been the drive behind the development of present and future efficient coal combustion technologies. Upgrading coal, capturing CO2, reducing emission of NOx, SO2 and particulate matter, mitigating slagging, fouling and corrosion are the key initiatives behind these efficient coal technologies. This study focuses on a newly developed fuel additive (Silanite™) based efficient coal combustion technology, which addresses most of the aforementioned key points. Silanite™ a finely milled multi-oxide additive when mixed with the coal without the need to change the boiler installation has proven to increase the boiler efficiency, flame temperature with reduction in corrosion, NOx and particulate matter (dust) emissions. The process has been developed through bench, pilot (100kW) and full scale (233 MWth). The process has been found to have a number of beneficial effects that add up to a viable retrofit to existing power plant as demonstrated on the 233MWth boiler tests (under BS EN 12952-15:2003 standard)
Bai, X. et al. (2017). Multi-mode Combustion Process Monitoring on a Pulverised Fuel Combustion Test Facility based on Flame Imaging and Random Weight Network Techniques. Fuel [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2017.03.091.Combustion systems need to be operated under a range of different conditions to meet fluctuating energy demands. Reliable monitoring of the combustion process is crucial for combustion control and optimisation under such variable conditions. In this paper, a monitoring method for variable combustion conditions is proposed by combining digital imaging, PCA-RWN (Principal Component Analysis and Random Weight Network) techniques. Based on flame images acquired using a digital imaging system, the mean intensity values of RGB (Red, Green, and Blue) image components and texture descriptors computed based on the grey-level co-occurrence matrix are used as the colour and texture features of flame images. These features are treated as the input variables of the proposed PCA-RWN model for multi-mode process monitoring. In the proposed model, the PCA is used to extract the principal component features of input vectors. By establishing the RWN model for an appropriate principal component subspace, the computing load of recognising combustion operation conditions is significantly reduced. In addition, Hotelling’s T2 and SPE (Squared Prediction Error) statistics of the corresponding operation conditions are calculated to identify the abnormalities of the combustion. The proposed approach is evaluated using flame image datasets obtained on a 250 kWth air- and oxy-fuel Combustion Test Facility. Variable operation conditions were achieved by changing the primary air and SA/TA (Secondary Air to Territory Air) splits. The results demonstrate that, for the operation conditions examined, the condition recognition success rate of the proposed PCA-RWN model is over 91%, which outperforms other machine learning classifiers with a reduced training time. The results also show that the abnormal conditions exhibit different oscillation frequencies from the normal conditions, and the T2 and SPE statistics are capable of detecting such abnormalities.
Sun, J. et al. (2017). A novel calibration method of focused light field camera for 3-D reconstruction of flame temperature. Optics Communications [Online] 390:7 - 15. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optcom.2016.12.056.This paper presents a novel geometric calibration method for focused light field camera to trace the rays of flame radiance and to reconstruct the three-dimensional (3-D) temperature distribution of a flame. A calibration model is developed to calculate the corner points and their projections of the focused light field camera. The characteristics of matching main lens and microlens f-numbers are used as an additional constrains for the calibration. Geometric parameters of the focused light field camera are then achieved using Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. Total focused images in which all the points are in focus, are utilized to validate the proposed calibration method. Calibration results are presented and discussed in details. The maximum mean relative error of the calibration is found less than 0.13, indicating that the proposed method is capable of calibrating the focused light field camera successfully. The parameters obtained by the calibration are then utilized to trace the rays of flame radiance. A least square QR-factorization algorithm with Plank's radiation law is used to reconstruct the 3-D temperature distribution of a flame. Experiments were carried out on an ethylene air fired combustion test rig to reconstruct the temperature distribution of flames. The flame temperature obtained by the proposed method is then compared with that obtained by using high-precision thermocouple. The difference between the two measurements was found no greater than 6.7. Experimental results demonstrated that the proposed calibration method and the applied measurement technique perform well in the reconstruction of the flame temperature.
Sun, J. et al. (2016). Three-dimensional temperature field measurement of flame using a single light field camera. Optics Express [Online] 24:1118-1132. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.24.001118.Compared with conventional camera, the light field camera takes the advantage of being capable of recording the direction and intensity information of each ray projected onto the CCD (charge couple device) sensor simultaneously. In this paper, a novel method is proposed for reconstructing three-dimensional (3-D) temperature field of a flame based on a single light field camera. A radiative imaging of a single light field camera is also modeled for the flame. In this model, the principal ray represents the beam projected onto the pixel of the CCD sensor. The radiation direction of the ray from the flame outside the camera is obtained according to thin lens equation based on geometrical optics. The intensities of the principal rays recorded by the pixels on the CCD sensor are mathematically modeled based on radiative transfer equation. The temperature distribution of the flame is then reconstructed by solving the mathematical model through the use of least square QR-factorization algorithm (LSQR). The numerical simulations and experiments are carried out to investigate the validity of the proposed method. The results presented in this study show that the proposed method is capable of reconstructing the 3-D temperature field of a flame.
Bai, X. et al. (2016). Multimode Monitoring of Oxy-gas Combustion through Flame Imaging, Principal Component Analysis and Kernel Support Vector Machine. Combustion Science and Technology [Online] 189:776-792. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00102202.2016.1250749.This paper presents a method for the multimode monitoring of combustion stability under different oxy-gas fired conditions based on flame imaging, principal component analysis and kernel support vector machine (PCA-KSVM) techniques. The images of oxy-gas flames are segmented into premixed and diffused regions through Watershed Transform method. The weighted color and texture features of the diffused and premixed regions are extracted and projected into two subspaces using the PCA to reduce the data dimensions and noises. The multi-class KSVM model is finally built based on the flame features in the principal component subspace to identify the operation condition. Two classic multivariate statistic indices, i.e. Hotelling’s T2 and squared prediction error (SPE), are used to assess the normal and abnormal states for the corresponding operation condition. The experimental results obtained on a lab-scale oxy-gas rig show that the weighted color and texture features of the defined diffused and premixed regions are effective for detecting the combustion state and that the proposed PCA-KSVM model is feasible and effective to monitor a combustion process under variable operation conditions.
Humphries, G. et al. (2015). A simple photoacoustic method for the in situ study of soot distribution in flames. Applied Physics B [Online] 119:709-715. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-015-6132-y.This paper presents a simple photoacoustic technique capable of quantifying soot volume fraction across a range of flame conditions. The output of a high-power (30 W) 808-nm cw-diode laser was modulated in order to generate an acoustic pressure wave via laser heating of soot within the flame. The generated pressure wave was detected using a micro-electro-mechanical microphone mounted close to a porous-plug flat-flame burner. Measurements were taken using the photoacoustic technique in flames of three different equivalence ratios and were compared to laser-induced incandescence. The results presented here show good agreement between the two techniques and show the potential of the photoacoustic method as a way to measure soot volume fraction profiles in this type of flame. We discuss the potential to implement this technique with much lower laser power than was used in the experiments presented here.
Hossain, M. et al. (2015). Study on Direct Flame Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Using Flat Burner and Ethylene Flame. ECS Transactions [Online] 68:1989-1999. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/06801.1989ecst.This paper presents an experimental investigation of direct flame solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) by using a flat-flame burner and fuel-rich ethylene/air premixed flames. A direct flame fuel cell (DFFC) setup is designed and implemented to measure electrochemical characteristics of electrolyte supported (i.e., single cell consisting of Ce0.9Ni0.1O2-δ anode/GDC electrolyte/LSCF-GDC cathode) fuel cell. The fuel cell temperature and cell performance were investigated by operating various fuel/air equivalence ratios and varying distance between burner surface and the fuel cell. A maximum power density of 41 mW/cm2 and current density of 121 mA/cm2 were achieved. Experimental results suggest that the fuel cell performance was greatly influenced by the flame operating conditions and cell position in the flame. The uniformity of the flame temperature and the fuel cell stability were also investigated and calculations of equilibrium gas species composition were performed.
Chalmers, H. et al. (2014). OxyCAP UK: Oxyfuel Combustion - academic Programme for the UK. Energy Procedia [Online] 63:504-510. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.055.The OxyCAP-UK (Oxyfuel Combustion - Academic Programme for the UK) programme was a £2 M collaboration involving researchers from seven UK universities, supported by E.On and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The programme, which ran from November 2009 to July 2014, has successfully completed a broad range of activities related to development of oxyfuel power plants. This paper provides an overview of key findings arising from the programme. It covers development of UK research pilot test facilities for oxyfuel applications; 2-D and 3-D flame imaging systems for monitoring, analysis and diagnostics; fuel characterisation of biomass and coal for oxyfuel combustion applications; ash transformation/deposition in oxyfuel combustion systems; materials and corrosion in oxyfuel combustion systems; and development of advanced simulation based on CFD modelling.
Chalmers, H. et al. (2014). OxyCAP UK: Oxyfuel Combustion - academic Programme for the UK. Energy Procedia [Online] 63:504 - 510. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610214018700.The OxyCAP-UK (Oxyfuel Combustion - Academic Programme for the UK) programme was a £2M collaboration involving researchers from seven UK universities, supported by E.On and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The programme, which ran from November 2009 to July 2014, has successfully completed a broad range of activities related to development of oxyfuel power plants. This paper provides an overview of key findings arising from the programme. It covers development of UK research pilot test facilities for oxyfuel applications; 2-D and 3-D flame imaging systems for monitoring, analysis and diagnostics; fuel characterisation of biomass and coal for oxyfuel combustion applications; ash transformation/deposition in oxyfuel combustion systems; materials and corrosion in oxyfuel combustion systems; and development of advanced simulation based on CFD modelling.
Hossain, M. et al. (2013). Three-dimensional reconstruction of flame temperature and emissivity distribution using optical tomographic and two-colour pyrometric techniques. Measurement Science and Technology [Online] 24:74010. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-0233/24/7/074010.This paper presents an experimental investigation, visualization and validation in the three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of flame temperature and emissivity distributions by using optical tomographic and two-colour pyrometric techniques. A multi-camera digital imaging system comprising eight optical imaging fibres and two RGB charged-couple device (CCD) cameras are used to acquire two-dimensional (2D) images of the flame simultaneously from eight equiangular directions. A combined logical filtered back-projection (LFBP) and simultaneous iterative reconstruction and algebraic reconstruction technique (SART) algorithm is utilized to reconstruct the grey-level intensity of the flame for the two primary colour (red and green) images. The temperature distribution of the flame is then determined from the ratio of the reconstructed grey-level intensities and the emissivity is estimated from the ratio of the grey level of a primary colour image to that of a blackbody source at the same temperature. The temperature measurement of the system was calibrated using a blackbody furnace as a standard temperature source. Experimental work was undertaken to validate the flame temperature obtained by the imaging system against that obtained using high-precision thermocouples. The difference between the two measurements is found no greater than ±9. Experimental results obtained on a laboratory-scale propane fired combustion test rig demonstrate that the imaging system and applied technical approach perform well in the reconstruction of the 3D temperature and emissivity distributions of the sooty flame.
Hossain, M., Lu, G. and Yan, Y. (2012). Optical Fiber Imaging Based Tomographic Reconstruction of Burner Flames. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement [Online] 61:1417-1425. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIM.2012.2186477.This paper presents the design, implementation, and
evaluation of an optical fiber imaging based tomographic system
for the 3-D visualization and characterization of a burner
flame. Eight imaging fiber bundles coupled with two RGB chargecoupled
device cameras are used to acquire flame images simultaneously
from eight different directions around the burner. The
fiber bundle has 30k picture elements and an objective lens with
a 92◦ angle of view. The characteristic evaluation of the imaging
fiber bundles and the calibration of the system were conducted
to ensure the accuracy of the system. A new tomographic algorithm
that combines the logical filtered back-projection and the
simultaneous algebraic reconstruction technique is proposed to
reconstruct the flame sections from the images. A direct comparison
between the proposed algorithm and other tomographic approaches
is conducted through computer simulation for different
test templates and numbers of projections. The 3-D reconstruction
of the cross- and longitudinal-sections of a burner flame from
image projections obtained from the imaging system was also
performed. The effectiveness of the imaging system and computer
algorithm is assessed through experimental tests.
YAN, Y. et al. (2012). Recent Advances in Flame Tomography. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering [Online] 20:389 - 399. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1004954112604029.To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants, a range of new combustion technologies are being developed or refined, including oxy-fuel combustion, co-firing biomass with coal and fluidized bed combustion. Flame characteristics under such combustion conditions are expected to be different from those in normal air fired combustion processes. Quantified flame characteristics such as temperature distribution, oscillation frequency, and ignition volume play an important part in the optimized design and operation of the environmentally friendly power generation systems. However, it is challenging to obtain such flame characteristics particularly through a three-dimensional and non-intrusive means. Various tomography methods have been proposed to visualize and characterize flames, including passive optical tomography, laser based tomography, and electrical tomography. This paper identifies the challenges in flame tomography and reviews existing techniques for the quantitative characterization of flames. Future trends in flame tomography for industrial applications are discussed.
Conference or workshop item
Hossain, M. (2018). Simulation of flame temperature reconstruction through multi-plenoptic camera techniques. in: 9th World Congress on INDUSTRIAL PROCESS TOMOGRAPHY. Bath, UK.Due to the variety of burner structure and fuel mixing, the flame temperature distribution is not only manifold but also complex. Therefore, it is necessary to develop an advanced temperature measurement technique, which can provide not only the adequate flame radiative information but also reconstruct the complex temperature accurately. This paper presents a comprehensive simulation of flame temperature reconstruction through multi-plenoptic camera techniques. A novel multi-plenoptic camera imaging technique is proposed which is able to provide adequate flame radiative information only from two different directions and to reconstruct the three dimensional (3D) temperature of a flame. An inverse algorithm i.e., Non-negative Least Squares is used to reconstruct the flame temperature. To verify the reconstruction algorithm, two different temperature distributions such as unimodal axisymmetric and bimodal asymmetric are used. Numerical simulations are carried out to evaluate the performance of the technique. It has been observed that the reconstruction accuracy decreases with the increasing of signal-to-noise ratios. However, compared with the single plenoptic and conventional multi-camera techniques, the proposed method has the advantages of lower relative error and better reconstruction quality and stability even with the higher SNRs for both temperature distributions. Therefore, the proposed multi-plenoptic camera imaging technique is capable of reconstructing the complex 3-D temperature fields more accurately.
Farias Moguel, O. et al. (2016). Large eddy simulation of a coal flame: estimation of the flicker frequency under air and oxy-fuel conditions. in: 11th European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications.. Available at: http://www.coalresearchforum.org/conference.html.Fossil fuel combustion, such as coal combustion, currently meets the majority of the global energy demand; however, the process also produces a significant proportion of the worldwide CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. Further improvement in the efficiency and control of the combustion process is needed, as well as the implementation of novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS). Oxy-fuel combustion is a very promising CCS technology, where the air in the combustion process is replaced with a mixture of recycled flue gas and oxygen producing a high CO2 outflow that can effectively be processed or stored. The adjustment of the combustion environment within the boiler resulting from the high CO2 concentration will modify the flame characteristics. It is therefore important to evaluate properly the changes of the flame that occur with different flue gas recycle schemes.
A coal flame is often characterised by its physical parameters, such as the flame size, shape, brightness and temperature, and it can be considered as a stable flame by the presence of ignition and the propagation of the flame. The oscillatory behaviour of a flame can be quantified by the flicker frequency obtained after the instantaneous variations of the flame parameters, and is used as a reference for flame stability.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is widely used to model coal combustion. This work compares the estimated flicker frequency taken from CFD calculations against measurements undertaken at the experimental facilities of the UKCCSRC Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology (PACT) located in South Yorkshire, UK. The 250 kW combustion test facility consists of a down-fired, refractory lined cylindrical furnace, which is 4 m in height with a 0.9 m internal diameter. The furnace is fitted with a scaled version of a commercially available Doosan Babcock low-NOx burner.
The flame physical parameters are approximated from performing a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) using the CFD code ANSYS FLUENT v15. The flicker frequency obtained from the CFD approach is compared against the experimentally measured value from a 2D flame imaging system. A series of oxy-fuel cases are then examined in the same fashion in order to assess their flame stability and the boiler operational limit. The flicker frequency trend obtained from the computations and measurements helps to determine the dynamic response of the flame for different combustion environments, and the results will be applicable in determining the optimal recycle ratio applied in future oxy-fuel systems.