Zhaoyan Fan

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The increasing complexity of manufacturing machines and the continued demand for high productivity have led to growing applications of sensor networks to enable more reliable, timely, and comprehensive information gathering from the machines being monitored. An effective and efficient utilization of sensor networks requires new sensor designs that enable(More)
On-line monitoring of polymer melt state is critical to ensuring part quality in injection molding. This paper presents the design of a dual-parameter acoustic wireless sensor for simultaneous measurement of pressure and temperature variations within the mold cavity. The sensor consists of three major functional components: a piezoceramic energy harvester,(More)
Electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) is a technique invented in the 1980’s to determine material distribution in the interior of an enclosed environment by means of external capacitance measurements (Huang et al., 1989a, 1992b). In a typical ECT system, 8 to 16 electrodes (Yang, 2010) are symmetrically mounted inside or outside a cylindrical container,(More)
One of the primary energy consumers in buildings are the Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, which usually operate on a fixed schedule, i.e., running from early morning until late evening during the weekdays. This fixed operation schedule does not take the dynamics of occupancy level in the building into consideration, therefore may(More)
This research concerns a type of configuration optimization problems frequently encountered in engineering design and manufacturing, where the envelope volume in space occupied by a number of components needs to be minimized along with other objectives such as minimizing connective lines between the components under various constraints. Since in practical(More)
In this research, we investigate the issue of compact design that involves finding the shortest connecting plumbing path between hydraulic components. An improved version of visibility graph called visibility graph of candidate is proposed followed by a new line-of-sight technique called visible-neighbors which is straightforward to expand to 3D(More)