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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2014, Article ID 739161, 9 pages
Review Article

Contactless Inductive Flow Tomography: Brief History and Recent Developments in Its Application to Continuous Casting

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, P.O. Box 510119, 01314 Dresden, Germany

Received 13 June 2014; Accepted 7 August 2014; Published 17 September 2014

Academic Editor: Mohd Hafiz Fazalul Rahiman

Copyright © 2014 Matthias Ratajczak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The contactless inductive flow tomography (CIFT) aims at reconstructing the velocity field of electrically conducting fluids, with special focus on applications in metallurgy and crystal growth technologies. The method relies on the induction of secondary magnetic fields if the moving fluid is exposed to a primary magnetic field. The theoretical foundation of the method is delineated, and some early experiments on the reconstruction of the three-dimensional flow in a cylinder are sketched. Then, the recent efforts to apply CIFT to various model problems in connection with the continuous casting of steel are summarized.