Special Issue "Advanced Instrumentation for Power Converter Applications"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eduardo M. G. Rodrigues
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Management and Production Technologies of Northern Aveiro—ESAN, Estrada do Cercal, 449, Santiago de Riba-Ul, 3720-509 Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal
Interests: advanced industrial power electronics applications; instrumentation and signal acquisition; digital signal processing; maintenance engineering; advanced control techniques and implementation
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Dr. Edris Pouresmaeil
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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Interests: application of power electronics in power and energy sectors; stability analysis of power grids; analysis and control of power networks; microgrid modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Modern technology demands that an assessment of magnitude of part of physical phenomena should be made with ever-increasing precision and accuracy. Measurement and process control are fundamental to ultimately generating the best possible results when it comes to the use of resources, machinery, performance, profitability, environmental protection, and safety, among others. Therefore, instrumentation entails using the group of equipment and devices that serve engineers or technicians to accurately measure, record, and convert variables from process and then transmit, evaluate, and control them for different types of purposes.

As the power converter topologies involve satisfying a new paradigm of power grid operation where renewable sources are expected to become the majority of energy production, several improvements at instrumentation level are emerging with the aim of allowing the implementation of sophisticated functionalities in a distributed energy generation infrastructure. On the other hand, several industrial applications can be made by taking advantage of instrumentation through adopting (updating) modern power electronics design in which the instrumentation has a key role.

Improvements in instrumentation can be submitted but not limited to in the following areas:

  1. Instrumentation supporting new control techniques, which includes, for example, data acquisition and signal processing at analog/digital side;
  2. Instrumentation to support diagnosis services on power electronics devices;
  3. Instrumentation to support reconfiguration of power converter units in order to minimize downtime in case of failure and maximize power generation;
  4. Sensing based on digital signal processing techniques;
  5. Alternative sensing techniques that can improve switching trajectory in most recent power devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) Mosfet and gallium nitride (GaN) FET.

Prof. Dr. Eduardo M. G. Rodrigues
Prof. Dr. Edris Pouresmaeil
Dr. Radu Godina
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Keywords

  • Sensing techniques
  • Power grids stability analysis
  • Power networks analysis and control
  • Diagnosis techniques
  • Signal processing techniques
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Power quality assessment
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Smart gate driver

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Low-Cost IoT Remote Sensor Mesh for Large-Scale Orchard Monitorization
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2020, 9(3), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan9030044 - 21 Sep 2020
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Population growth and climate change lead agricultural cultures to face environmental degradation and rising of resistant diseases and pests. These conditions result in reduced product quality and increasing risk of harmful toxicity to human health. Thus, the prediction of the occurrence of diseases [...] Read more.
Population growth and climate change lead agricultural cultures to face environmental degradation and rising of resistant diseases and pests. These conditions result in reduced product quality and increasing risk of harmful toxicity to human health. Thus, the prediction of the occurrence of diseases and pests and the consequent avoidance of the erroneous use of phytosanitary products will contribute to improving food quality and safety and environmental land protection. This study presents the design and construction of a low-cost IoT sensor mesh that enables the remote measurement of parameters of large-scale orchards. The developed remote monitoring system transmits all monitored data to a central node via LoRaWAN technology. To make the system nodes fully autonomous, the individual nodes were designed to be solar-powered and to require low energy consumption. To improve the user experience, a web interface and a mobile application were developed, which allow the monitored information to be viewed in real-time. Several experimental tests were performed in an olive orchard under different environmental conditions. The results indicate an adequate precision and reliability of the system and show that the system is fully adequate to be placed in remote orchards located at a considerable distance from networks, being able to provide real-time parameters monitoring of both tree and the surrounding environment. Full article
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Wireless Networks for Traffic Light Control on Urban and Aerotropolis Roads
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2020, 9(2), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan9020026 - 28 May 2020
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This paper presents a traffic light system based on wireless communication that provides a support infrastructure for intelligent control in the context of smart cities and aerotropolis areas. An aerotropolis is a metropolitan subregion with an infrastructure centered an airport. Traffic intensity is [...] Read more.
This paper presents a traffic light system based on wireless communication that provides a support infrastructure for intelligent control in the context of smart cities and aerotropolis areas. An aerotropolis is a metropolitan subregion with an infrastructure centered an airport. Traffic intensity is increasing all over the world. Intelligent dynamic traffic light system control is being sought to replace classic conventional manual and time-based systems. In this work, a wireless sensor network is designed and implemented to feed real-time data into an intelligent traffic light system control. A physical prototype is implemented for experimental validation outside the laboratory environment. The physical prototype shows robustness against unexpected issues and local failures. The results are positive in terms of the scope of experience gained, and there is potential for these tests to be extended to larger areas. Full article
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Monitoring System of a Heat Pump Installation for Heating a Rural House Using Low-grade Heat from a Surface Watercourse
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2020, 9(1), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan9010011 - 09 Feb 2020
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Increasing the efficiency of heat pump systems primarily used for heat supply to buildings is an important topic. This is especially true for systems constructed according to non-standard schemes and which use low-grade heat from various sources that are rarely considered for these [...] Read more.
Increasing the efficiency of heat pump systems primarily used for heat supply to buildings is an important topic. This is especially true for systems constructed according to non-standard schemes and which use low-grade heat from various sources that are rarely considered for these purposes. Such studies require special, often expensive, data acquisition systems. In this paper, a low-cost computer-based monitoring system is presented. The monitoring system incorporates solutions which are new or seldom used. It is shown that modern semiconductor thermistors can replace commonly used platinum temperature sensors and thermocouples. A proposal for processing frequency output signals from sensors through an analog-to-digital converter and a way to reduce the number of required input channels are described. The monitoring system allows optimization of various types of heat-pump-based installations. The system has been used for quite a long time to monitor the operation of the heat pump installation using low-grade heat from a surface watercourse. With its help, the feasibility of using the previously proposed submersible floating heat exchanger is justified and the optimal scheme for its placement in the watercourse is determined. Full article
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