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  • 1.
    Abbasi, Jasim Aftab
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Test of Rapid Control System Development using TargetLink2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to employ and evaluate an evaluation board with the standard microprocessor freescale MPC5554EVB board for implementation of control algorithms which are created in Matlab/Simulink instead of using dSPACE prototyping hardware. The Simulink real-time model shall be compiled to the MPC5554EVB board. TargetLink is a powerful software tool which allows an automatic generation of efficient C code from Simulink and facilitates model-based control design. The goal of this thesis is to learn how to use TargetLink in a control design workflow from model to real code and what are the limitations of a microprocessor platform and to evaluate the capabilities of TargetLink to generate a working code for a generic microprocessor.

  • 2.
    Abd Alrahman, Chadi
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Khodabakhsh, Amir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Schmidt, Florian M.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Qu, Zhechao
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Foltynowicz, Aleksandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy of high-temperature H2O in a flame2014In: Optics Express, ISSN 1094-4087, Vol. 22, no 11, 13889-13895 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We demonstrate near-infrared cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy of water in a premixed methane/air flat flame. The detection system is based on an Er:fiber femtosecond laser, a high finesse optical cavity containing the flame, and a fast-scanning Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS). High absorption sensitivity is obtained by the combination of a high-bandwidth two-point comb-cavity lock and auto-balanced detection in the FTS. The system allows recording high-temperature water absorption spectra with a resolution of 1 GHz and a bandwidth of 50 nm in an acquisition time of 0.4 s, with absorption sensitivity of 4.2 x 10 (9) cm(-1) Hz(-1/2) per spectral element.

  • 3.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Bring Your Body into Action: Body Gesture Detection, Tracking, and Analysis for Natural Interaction2014Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the large influx of computers in our daily lives, human-computer interaction has become crucially important. For a long time, focusing on what users need has been critical for designing interaction methods. However, new perspective tends to extend this attitude to encompass how human desires, interests, and ambitions can be met and supported. This implies that the way we interact with computers should be revisited. Centralizing human values rather than user needs is of the utmost importance for providing new interaction techniques. These values drive our decisions and actions, and are essential to what makes us human. This motivated us to introduce new interaction methods that will support human values, particularly human well-being.

    The aim of this thesis is to design new interaction methods that will empower human to have a healthy, intuitive, and pleasurable interaction with tomorrow’s digital world. In order to achieve this aim, this research is concerned with developing theories and techniques for exploring interaction methods beyond keyboard and mouse, utilizing human body. Therefore, this thesis addresses a very fundamental problem, human motion analysis.

    Technical contributions of this thesis introduce computer vision-based, marker-less systems to estimate and analyze body motion. The main focus of this research work is on head and hand motion analysis due to the fact that they are the most frequently used body parts for interacting with computers. This thesis gives an insight into the technical challenges and provides new perspectives and robust techniques for solving the problem.

  • 4.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Human Motion Analysis for Creating Immersive Experiences2012Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    From an early age, people display the ability to quickly and effortlessly interpret the orientation and movement of human body parts, thereby allowing one to infer the intentions of others who are nearby and to comprehend an important nonverbal form of communication. The ease with which one accomplishes this task belies the difficulty of a problem that has challenged computational systems for decades, human motion analysis.

    Technological developments over years have resulted into many systems for measuring body segment positions and angles between segments. In these systems human body is typically considered as a system of rigid links connected by joints. The motion is estimated by the use of measurements from mechanical, optical, magnetic, or inertial trackers. Among all kinds of sensors, optical sensing encompasses a large and varying collection of technologies.

    In a computer vision context, human motion analysis is a topic that studies methods and applications in which two or more consecutive images from an image sequences, e.g. captured by a video camera, are processed to produce information based on the apparent human body motion in the images.

    Many different disciplines employ motion analysis systems to capture movement and posture of human body for applications such as medical diagnostics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction etc.

    This thesis gives an insight into the state of the art human motion analysissystems, and provides new methods for capturing human motion.

  • 5.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    3D Active Human Motion Estimation for Biomedical Applications2012In: World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering May 26-31, 2012, Beijing, China / [ed] Mian Long, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012, , 4 p.1014-1017 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Movement disorders forbid many people from enjoying their daily lives. As with other diseases, diagnosis and analysis are key issues in treating such disorders. Computer vision-based motion capture systems are helpful tools for accomplishing this task. However Classical motion tracking systems suffer from several limitations. First they are not cost effective. Second these systems cannot detect minute motions accurately. Finally they are spatially limited to the lab environment where the system is installed. In this project, we propose an innovative solution to solve the above-mentioned issues. Mounting the camera on human body, we build a convenient, low cost motion capture system that can be used by the patient while practicing daily-life activities. We refer to this system as active motion capture, which is not confined to the lab environment. Real-time experiments in our lab revealed the robustness and accuracy of the system.

  • 6.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    KTH Royal Institue of Technology, Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design, School of Computer Science and Communication.
    Telelife: An Immersive Media Experience for Rehabilitation2014Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Smart Baggage in Aviation2011In: 2011 IEEE International Conferences on Internet of Things, and Cyber, Physical and Social Computing / [ed] Feng Xia, Zhikui Chen, Gang Pan, Laurence T. Yang, and Jianhua Ma, Los Alamitos: IEEE Computer Society, 2011, 620-623 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, the Internet has dramatically changed the way people take the normal course of actions. By the recent growth of the Internet, connecting different objects to users through mobile phones and computers is no longer a dream. Aviation industry is one of the areas which have a strong potential to benefit from the Internet of Things. Among many problems related to air travel, delayed and lost luggage are the most common and irritating. Therefore, this paper suggests anew baggage control system, where users can simply track their baggage at the airport to avoid losing them. Attaching a particular pattern on the bag, which can be detected and localized from long distance by an ordinary camera, users are able to track their baggage. The proposed system is much cheaper than previous implementations and does not require sophisticated equipment.

  • 8.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design.
    Kouma, Jean-Paul
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design.
    Direct hand pose estimation for immersive gestural interaction2015In: Pattern Recognition Letters, ISSN 0167-8655, E-ISSN 1872-7344, Vol. 66, 91-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a novel approach for performing intuitive gesture based interaction using depth data acquired by Kinect. The main challenge to enable immersive gestural interaction is dynamic gesture recognition. This problem can be formulated as a combination of two tasks; gesture recognition and gesture pose estimation. Incorporation of fast and robust pose estimation method would lessen the burden to a great extent. In this paper we propose a direct method for real-time hand pose estimation. Based on the range images, a new version of optical flow constraint equation is derived, which can be utilized to directly estimate 3D hand motion without any need of imposing other constraints. Extensive experiments illustrate that the proposed approach performs properly in real-time with high accuracy. As a proof of concept, we demonstrate the system performance in 3D object manipulation On two different setups; desktop computing, and mobile platform. This reveals the system capability to accommodate different interaction procedures. In addition, a user study is conducted to evaluate learnability, user experience and interaction quality in 3D gestural interaction in comparison to 2D touchscreen interaction.

  • 9.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Direct three-dimensional head pose estimation from Kinect-type sensors2014In: Electronics Letters, ISSN 0013-5194, E-ISSN 1350-911X, Vol. 50, no 4, 268-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A direct method for recovering three-dimensional (3D) head motion parameters from a sequence of range images acquired by Kinect sensors is presented. Based on the range images, a new version of the optical flow constraint equation is derived, which can be used to directly estimate 3D motion parameters without any need of imposing other constraints. Since all calculations with the new constraint equation are based on the range images, Z(xyt), the existing techniques and experiences developed and accumulated on the topic of motion from optical flow can be directly applied simply by treating the range images as normal intensity images I(xyt). In this reported work, it is demonstrated how to employ the new optical flow constraint equation to recover the 3D motion of a moving head from the sequences of range images, and furthermore, how to use an old trick to handle the case when the optical flow is large. It is shown, in the end, that the performance of the proposed approach is comparable with that of some of the state-of-the-art approaches that use range data to recover 3D motion parameters.

  • 10.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Real 3D Interaction Behind Mobile Phones for Augmented Environments2011In: 2011 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), IEEE conference proceedings, 2011, 1-6 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Number of mobile devices such as mobile phones or PDAs has been dramatically increased over the recent years. New mobile devices are equipped with integrated cameras and large displays which make the interaction with device easier and more efficient. Although most of the previous works on interaction between humans and mobile devices are based on 2D touch-screen displays, camera-based interaction opens a new way to manipulate in 3D space behind the device in the camera's field of view. This paper suggests the use of particular patterns from local orientation of the image called Rotational Symmetries to detect and localize human gesture. Relative rotation and translation of human gesture between consecutive frames are estimated by means of extracting stable features. Consequently, this information can be used to facilitate the 3D manipulation of virtual objects in various applications in mobile devices.

  • 11.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Gesture Tracking for 3D Interaction in Augmented Environments2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Sonning, Samuel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Sonning, Sabina
    3D Head Pose Estimation Using the Kinect2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Head pose estimation plays an essential role for bridging the information gap between humans and computers. Conventional head pose estimation methods are mostly done in images captured by cameras. However accurate and robust pose estimation is often problematic. In this paper we present an algorithm for recovering the six degrees of freedom (DOF) of motion of a head from a sequence of range images taken by the Microsoft Kinectfor Xbox 360. The proposed algorithm utilizes a least-squares minimization of the difference between themeasured rate of change of depth at a point and the rate predicted by the depth rate constraint equation. We segment the human head from its surroundings and background, and then we estimate the head motion. Our system has the capability to recover the six DOF of the head motion of multiple people in one image. Theproposed system is evaluated in our lab and presents superior results.

  • 13.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Active human gesture capture for diagnosing and treating movement disorders2013Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Movement disorders prevent many people fromenjoying their daily lives. As with other diseases, diagnosisand analysis are key issues in treating such disorders.Computer vision-based motion capture systems are helpfultools for accomplishing this task. However Classical motiontracking systems suffer from several limitations. First theyare not cost effective. Second these systems cannot detectminute motions accurately. Finally they are spatially limitedto the lab environment where the system is installed. In thisproject, we propose an innovative solution to solve the abovementionedissues. Mounting the camera on human body, webuild a convenient, low cost motion capture system that canbe used by the patient in daily-life activities. We refer tothis system as active motion capture, which is not confinedto the lab environment. Real-time experiments in our labrevealed the robustness and accuracy of the system.

  • 14.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design.
    Head operated electric wheelchair2014In: IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation (SSIAI 2014), IEEE , 2014, 53-56 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Currently, the most common way to control an electric wheelchair is to use joystick. However, there are some individuals unable to operate joystick-driven electric wheelchairs due to sever physical disabilities, like quadriplegia patients. This paper proposes a novel head pose estimation method to assist such patients. Head motion parameters are employed to control and drive an electric wheelchair. We introduce a direct method for estimating user head motion, based on a sequence of range images captured by Kinect. In this work, we derive new version of the optical flow constraint equation for range images. We show how the new equation can be used to estimate head motion directly. Experimental results reveal that the proposed system works with high accuracy in real-time. We also show simulation results for navigating the electric wheelchair by recovering user head motion.

  • 15.
    Abedan Kondori, Farid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Yousefi, Shahrouz
    Ostovar, Ahmad
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
    Liu, Li
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    A Direct Method for 3D Hand Pose Recovery2014In: 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, 2014, 345-350 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a novel approach for performing intuitive 3D gesture-based interaction using depth data acquired by Kinect. Unlike current depth-based systems that focus only on classical gesture recognition problem, we also consider 3D gesture pose estimation for creating immersive gestural interaction. In this paper, we formulate gesture-based interaction system as a combination of two separate problems, gesture recognition and gesture pose estimation. We focus on the second problem and propose a direct method for recovering hand motion parameters. Based on the range images, a new version of optical flow constraint equation is derived, which can be utilized to directly estimate 3D hand motion without any need of imposing other constraints. Our experiments illustrate that the proposed approach performs properly in real-time with high accuracy. As a proof of concept, we demonstrate the system performance in 3D object manipulation. This application is intended to explore the system capabilities in real-time biomedical applications. Eventually, system usability test is conducted to evaluate the learnability, user experience and interaction quality in 3D interaction in comparison to 2D touch-screen interaction.

  • 16.
    Abouhachem, Khalil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Implementering av Lean Production på Hedson Technologies AB2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report is the conclusion of my bachelor degree in mechanical engineering at Umeå University. The report is the result of the work that has been done at Hedson Technologies AB in Malmö. Hedson is the number one on the market for producing wheel washers, dry equipment and car lifts. They have two constructions in Sweden and one in Germany. This work is limited to the building in Malmö, Sweden.

    To continue being the market leading company Hedson have realized that they need to improve the production line. To obtain a more efficient flow companies usually use Lean Production. Lean is a philosophy that permeates the whole company, from supply delivery until the product has reached the customer. The purpose of this thesis is to begin a work within Lean at Hedson. The work is supposed to act as groundwork for a Lean initiative that the company later can build on to get the production as efficient as possible.

    I have through an analysis of the production line and interviews with the market and the product manager shaped an overall picture of how the company operates. I have then done a pilot study and manipulated the information I have gathered to find the optimal course of action for Hedson to begin their work within Lean.

    It was thanks to a great cooperation with the staff of the company that a successful result was possible. Since the production was much unorganized and disordered the implementation of the 5S method was a perfect start for a long and successful journey through Lean Production. At last an introduction to Lean and 5S was done through a presentation to create an understanding at the company.

  • 17.
    Abrahamsson, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Värmeöverföring från smälta till vattenkyld tapputrustning2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis work is done on behalf of Boliden Mineral AB at Rönnskärsverken.

    Kopparhyttan is an electric copper furnace for melting of copper concentrates and secondary materials in the form of ashes, metal scrap, crushed matte, slag and sludge.

    Depending on how the input material varies, the chemical composition of the melt will vary as well. Variations in the chemical composition of the melt also imply that the physical properties of the melt vary and the heat transfer between melt and tap block.

    A high heat load on the tap block during tapping of matte, results in increased wear and severe erosion of the tap channel and therefore the need of an understanding of the underlying causes to prevent and if possible avoid the high heat load.

    The completed analysis shows that a high heat load on the tap equipment mainly is associated with the copper content. A lower copper content leads to the melting point is lowered and also reduces the viscosity, leading to an increased mass flow. The increased heat load thus indicate an increased mass flow in combination with a reduced melting point, which means that the freezing of an erosion protective coating of matte on the inside of tapping channel walls becomes more difficult and thus increases the erosion on the tap equipment. Sulphur deficit, which is calculated from a chemical analysis of matte, showed no correlation to a high heat load and no connection between the sulfur deficit and the erosion of the tap equipment were successfully concluded.

    Measures proposed to reduce the wear on the tap equipment are increasing the flow of cooling water and a possible reduction of the tap channel diameter.

  • 18.
    Abrahamsson, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Elkvalitet på ett industrinät2016Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    En tung industri har oftast utrustning installerad som kan bidra till övertoner på ett elnät. Samtidigt är oftast elnäten starka inom dessa industrier vilket ska bidra till att reducera spänningsövertonerna som går att finna på respektive fas.Studien har arbetat med de villkor och föreskrifter som gäller både för en ansluten elanläggning till Vattenfalls elnät, men även hur en elkvalitetsmätning ska genomföras och vilka krav som behöver uppfyllas.Åkers Sweden AB, där studien har ägt rum, har induktionsugnar för smältning av metaller. Det förekommer olika tekniska lösningar samt 3 olika fabrikat. Mätningar har genomförts på samtliga dessa fabrikat för att kontrollera om någon av dessa urskiljer sig gentemot de övriga.Genomförda mätningar indikerar att spänningsövertoner förekommer men inte i sådan utsträckning att man inte uppfyller gällande regelverk. Det finns dock anledning till att fortsätta arbetet och utöka mätningarna till övriga objekt inom företaget som inte har ingått i denna studie.Företaget har ett effektabonnemang och en kontroll av detta med avseende på nu gällande effekt och förbrukning under 2015 har genomförts för att kunna ge förslag på eventuella förändringar. Eftersom företaget har ungefär samma produktionsvolym 2016 som 2015 finns anledning till att se över nu gällande avtal för att kunna erhålla en kostnadsreducering.En enkät har skickats ut till samtliga anställda inom företaget med syfte att både upplysa de anställda om vilka kvalitetsproblem som kan förekomma inom ett elnät, men även få en återkoppling på hur de anställda upplever nuvarande situation. Enkäten fick låg svarsfrekvens men svaren som inkom indikerade att de anställda upplever att företaget har en god elkvalitet.

  • 19.
    Abrahamsson, Simon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Ny lösning för uppvärmning av Nordanås provbana2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    BAE Systems Hägglunds testbana är belägen i Nordanås nordväst om Örnsköldsvik. Detta projekt hade till avsikt att på BAE Systems förfrågan inventera testanläggningens nuvarande oljebaserade värmesystem för att finna ett mer ekonomiskt och miljövänligt alternativ. Utifrån en omfattande litteraturstudie samt kontakt med flera olika leverantörer, undersöktes vilka eventuella värmesystem som skulle kunna vara intressanta utifrån de krav som fanns i Nordanås.

    De alternativa värmesystemen som ansågs vara tekniskt hållbara var följande; bergvärme med lätt biooljepanna, tung biooljepanna eller pelletspanna; pelletspanna, lätt biooljepanna och tung biooljepanna. Dessa alternativ är de som undersökts noggrant i studien och därefter jämförts med det nuvarande värmesystemet i form av ekonomi och miljöpåverkan.

    I en ekonomisk kalkyl jämfördes de olika alternativens kapitalvärde och återbetalningstid. För att jämföra deras miljöpåverkan skapades en kalkyl som utifrån framtagna värden på olika bränslens utsläpp beräknade varje alternativs förväntade årliga utsläpp i form av koldioxidekvivalenter.

    Slutligen konstaterades att om BAE Systems Hägglunds ska byta ut nuvarande systemet bör man antingen investera i ett bergvärmesystem med en lätt biooljepanna som spetspanna eller en konvertering till lätt biooljepanna. Med priser från den tid då rapporten skrevs skulle alternativet med bergvärme ha en beräknad återbetalningstid på ca 6,4 år och kapitalvärdet 1,0 Mkr. Motsvarande värden för alternativet med enbart en lätt biooljepanna uppgick till 1,0 års återbetalningstid samt 0,8 Mkr i kapitalvärde. Den stora skillnaden i återbetalningstid berodde på bergvärmesystemets höga investeringskostnad. Att investera i ett bergvärmesystem ansågs trots detta som ett bra alternativ på grund av den förväntade prisökningen av eldningsolja.

  • 20.
    Abu-Hamam, Anas
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Li, Haibo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Georgakis, Apostolos
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Understanding Web Users Behaviour From A Web Video Camera2003Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To develop a Real-Time system, which can capture and track the web user’s head motion. Based on the head motion information, the system should be able to identify whether the user is interested in the current homepage or not. A future system property would be to find out in which area of the homepage the user’s interest is moving.

  • 21.
    Adolfsson, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Expanding operation ranges using active flow control in Francis turbines2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report contains an investigation of fluid injection techniques used in the purpose of reducing deleterious flow effects occurring in the draft tube of Francis turbines when operating outside nominal load. There is a focus on implement ability at Jämtkrafts hydroelectric power plants and two power plants were investigated, located in series with each other named Lövhöjden and Ålviken. The only profitable scenario found with some degree of certainty was an increase in the operating range upwards to allow overload operation.

    Findings show that both air and water can be introduced in various locations to improve hydraulic efficiency around the turbine parts as well as reduce pressure pulsations in harmful operating regions. Investments in such systems have proven useful and profitable at several facilities with poorly adapted operating conditions. But due to losses in efficiency when operating injection systems, it turns out unprofitable in situations where it does not improve the operating range in a way that is resulting in increased annual or peak production.

  • 22.
    Agrell, Daniel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Optimerad design och tillverkningsmetod av koncentrerande solfångare2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 300 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The sun is our most important source of energy for us to be able to cope with the evermore pressuring climate threats. This has always been very clear for Absolicon Solar Collector AB in Härnösand, developers of concentrating solar collectors. The company has so far produced solar collectors which can produce both thermal and electrical power for mid-sized installations such as hotels and hospital. Now however, they are changing direction. Absolicon wants to address the many bigger industries with a demand for steam, in countries rich with solar radiation. Absolicon also wants to develop a production line for production of their solar collector, for deployment in the countries where the demand is the biggest.

     

    In a project partially financed by the Swedish energy department, a demonstrational production line will be built in Härnösand. The production line will be used to build a demonstrational field at HEMAB (Härnösands Energi och Miljö AB) with a new generation of solar collectors, optimized for steam production. The solar collectors built today has a problem with the reflector not getting an optimized shape throughout the whole collector. This has to be rectified since the demand on the shape of the reflector is higher on the new generation of solar collectors. This Is due to the use of a smaller receiver. Furthermore a mounting carriage using a new production method is to be developed for the production line. The mounting carriage should, by using vacuum, form and fixate the reflector of the collector while it also optimizes its shape.

     

    Tests was performed to examine how to optimize the shape of the reflector. A test rig was used to examine how a thin sheet of metal can be formed and fixated using vacuum while developing an optimized production method. A prototype carriage for production of 2 m long collectors using the new method was designed and constructed for evaluation.

     

    The results of the evaluation showed that the developed method is working well and that a receiver diameter of 19 mm can be used. The method is based on letting the edges of the reflector sheet hang free, which eliminates unwanted tensions in the reflector.

     

    The prototype which was built is ready for upscaling to a 6 m mounting carriage which will be able to produce the new generation of solar collectors for the demonstration field. A mounting process for production of solar collectors in a production line has been proposed which can shorten the mounting time and work load to less than 45 minutes and 1-2 persons per collector.

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  • 23.
    Agrell, Elias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Analys av massapumps- och mixerarbete vid Metsä Board Sverige AB, Husums Fabriker: Energibesparingsåtgärder vid blekeri 4 & 5 med jämförelse mot ny utrustning2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Husums plant has a selection of different pulp pumps at bleaching plant 4 and 5. The displacement- (HC-pump, Sund Defibrator PTD-60) and centrifugalpumps (MC-pump, MCA 42-200, MCP 30/20) are of interest in this report. The centrifugal pumps are controlled by throttle valves, which result in an energy loss. Chemical mixers are used to mix ClO2 into the pulp before proceeding into a holding tower where the bleaching process occurs.

    The energy demand of the different positions has been measured or calculated to be used in comparisons against new equipment. Quotations were requested and delivered from Valmet and Sulzer. The quotations were made with a production increase of 10 ADMt/h and plant compared to current equipment. Therefore energy need of the equipment in the quotation had to be recalculated to the same production output as when measurements were conducted to be comparable. Quotation of the pumps assumes the use of frequency inverters.

    A deeper investigation was made for 441PU255 which is located at bleaching plant 4. The drop leg level of the pump is controlled via a throttle valve. A frequency inverter is installed but not utilized to maintain constant pulp level in the drop leg. This was due to physical changes in the process not being compensated for in the control system. This caused the drop leg level to oscillate when automatic control was used. As a workaround the drive had been set at a constant speed. To investigate the potential savings, an attempt was made in which the speed was lowered from 1520 rpm to 1100 rpm, resulting in a power reduction of 82 kW or 342,081 Sek per year at a production of 36 ADMT/h. The experiment was done with slightly lower production output than desirable; because of this, savings will decrease slightly at higher outputs.

    Comparisons showed that considerable amounts of energy could be saved at all positions. However the investment cost is high and therefore favorable payback times can only be seen for some of the positions. The MC-pumps are oversized and in need of constant throttling therefore the majority of the energy savings is made through the installation of frequency inverters and not the pump upgrade.

  • 24.
    Aguilar, Luis T.
    et al.
    Instituto Politecnico Nacional.
    Boiko, Igor
    University of Calgary.
    Fridman, Leonid
    Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM),.
    Freidovich, Leonid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Inducing oscillations in an Inertia wheel pendulum via Two-relays controller: theory and experiments2009In: American control conference, 2009. ACC 09, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers , 2009, 65-70 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A tool for generating a self-excited oscillations for an inertia wheel pendulum by means of a variable structure controller is proposed. The original system is transformed into the normal form for exact linearization. The design procedure, based on Describing Function (DF) method, allows for finding the explicit expressions of the two-relays controller gain parameters in terms of the desired frequency and amplitude. Necessary condition for orbital asymptotic stability of the output of the exactly linearized system is derived. Performance issues of the system with self-excited oscillations are validated with experiments.

  • 25. Aguilar, Luis T.
    et al.
    Boiko, Igor M.
    Fridman, Leonid M.
    Freidovich, Leonid B.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Generating oscillations in inertia wheel pendulum via two-relay controller2012In: International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, ISSN 1049-8923, E-ISSN 1099-1239, Vol. 22, no 3, 318-330 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The problem of generating oscillations of the inertia wheel pendulum is considered. We combine exact feedback linearization with two-relay controller, tuned using frequency-domain tools, such as computing the locus of a perturbed relay system. Explicit expressions for the parameters of the controller in terms of the desired frequency and amplitude are derived. Sufficient conditions for orbital asymptotic stability of the closed-loop system are obtained with the help of the Poincare map. Performance is validated via experiments. The approach can be easily applied for a minimum phase system, provided the behavior of the states of the zero dynamics is of no concern. Copyright (C) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 26.
    Aguilar, Luis T.
    et al.
    CITEDI, National Polytechnic Institute, Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
    Freidovich, Leonid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Orlov, Yury
    CICESE Research Center, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
    Merida, Jovan
    CITEDI, National Polytechnic Institute, Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
    Performance Analysis of Relay Feedback Position Regulators for Manipulators with Coulomb Friction2013In: Proc. 12th European Control Conference, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA: IEEE , 2013, 3754-3759 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the paper is to analyze the performance of several global position regulators for robot manipulators with Coulomb friction. All the controllers include a proportional-differential part and a switched part whereas the difference between the controllers is in the way of compensation of the gravitational forces. Stability analysis is also revisited within the nonsmooth Lyapunov function framework for the controllers with and without gravity pre-compensation. Performance issues of the proposed controllers are evaluated in an experimental study of a five degrees-of-freedom robot manipulator. In the experiments, we choose two criteria for performance analysis. In the first set of experiments, we set the same gains to all the controllers. In the second set of experiments, the gains of the controller were chosen such that the work done by the manipulator is similar.

  • 27.
    Ajaikumar, Samikannu
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Ahlkvist, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Larsson, William
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Kordas, K
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Synthesis and characterization of Cu and Cu-M (M=Co, Ni, Au and Zn) bimetallic catalysts supported on TiO2 modified SBA-152010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Ajaikumar, Samikannu
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Ahlkvist, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Larsson, William
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry.
    Kordas, K
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Highly active and selective bimetallic catalysts supported on transition metal oxides for the oxidation of α-pinene using molecular oxygen2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Akkerman, Vyacheslav
    et al.
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States.
    Bilgili, Serdar
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States.
    Bychkov, Vitaly
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Valiev, Damir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Demir, Sinan
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States.
    Morella, Haley
    West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States.
    Impacts of the Lewis and Markstein numbers effects on the flame acceleration in channels2016In: 2016 Spring Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, ESSCI 2016, Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effects of flame stretch and thermal/molecular diffusion on the flame acceleration in channels are quantified by means of the analytical and computational endeavours. The internal transport flame properties are accounted in the theory by means of the Markstein number, Mk. Being a positive or negative function of the thermal-chemical combustion parameters, such as the thermal expansion ratio and the Lewis and Zeldovich numbers, the Markstein number either moderates or promotes the flame acceleration. While Mk may provide a substantial impact on the flame acceleration rate in narrow channels, this effects diminishes with the increase of the channel width. The analysis is accompanied by extensive computational simulations of the Navier-Stokes combustion equations, which clarify the impact of the Lewis number on the flame acceleration. It is obtained that, for Le below a certain critical value, at the initial stage of flame acceleration, a globally-convex flame front is splits into two or more "fingers", accompanied by a drastic increase in the flame surface area and associated enhancement of the flame acceleration. Overall, the thermal-diffusive effects substantially facilitate the flame acceleration scenario, thereby advancing a potential deflagration-to-detonation transition. 

  • 30.
    Akkerman, Vyacheslav
    et al.
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States .
    Valiev, Damir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Effect of gas compression on flame acceleration in obstructed cylindrical tubes2016In: 2016 Spring Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, ESSCI 2016, Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of gas compression on the process of extremely fast flame acceleration in obstructed cylindrical tubes is studied analytically and validated by computational simulations. The acceleration leading to a deflagration-to-detonation transition is associated with a powerful jet-flow produced by delayed combustion in spaces between the obstacles. This acceleration mechanism is Reynolds-independent and conceptually laminar, with turbulence playing only a supplementary role. In this particular work, the incompressible formulation [Combust. Flame 157 (2010) 1012], Ref. 15 is extended to account for small but finite initial Mach number up to the first-order terms. While flames accelerate exponentially during the initial stage of propagation, when the compressibility is negligible, with continuous increase in the flame velocity with respect to the tube wall, the flame-generated compression waves subsequently moderate the acceleration process by affecting the flame shape and velocity, as well as the flow driven by the flame. It is demonstrated that the moderation effect is substantial, and as soon as gas compression is relatively small, the present theory is in good quantitative agreement with the computational simulations. The limitations of the incompressible theory are thereby underlined, and a critical blockage ratio for with this acceleration mechanism can be evaluated.

  • 31.
    Al Khodor, Rami
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Rörelseanalyssystem2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Idag ses ett ökat intresse för användandet av rörelseanalys inom olika sammanhang t.ex. övervakning, dataspel och diagnostisk undersökning av personers rörelsemönster med mera. Optisk rörelseanalys är den teknik som finns mest idag, men de systemen är dyra och saknar lämplig mjukvara för klinisk användning.

    En forskargrupp vid centrum för medicinsk teknik och strålningsfysik (CMTS) forskning och utvecklings avdelning (MT-FoU) vid Norrlands universitetssjukhus har sedan 2007 jobbat med en produktidé som bygger på att skapa ett nytt mobilt system för rörelseanalys som kan användas i medicinska undersökningar. Ett Arduino pro mini kort samt ett 9-axligt prototypkort som består av MPU-6000 och en magnetometer HMC5883L är anskaffat för att tillverka ett system i detta syfte.

    Syftet med projektet har varit att skapa ett verktyg som kan samla in rörelsemönster för att sedan presentera resultatet i ett diagram. Systemet skulle kunna samla in data från en sensor som inkluderar en 3D-accelerometer ett 3D-gyroskop och en 3D magnetometer för att därefter skicka det vidare till en dator där mätdata presenteras visuellt och sparas undan i en textfil.

    En viktig detalj att ta hänsyn till vid konstruktionen av det nya systemet var att konstruktionen gjordes med hjälp av billiga standardkomponenter och kretskort. Projektet har genomförts och några testmätningar har gjorts. Ett resultat sparades undan i en textfil och ett diagram har tagits fram som beskriver ett lårs rörelsemönster vid normal gång.

  • 32.
    Alaa, Halawani
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Haibo, Li
    School of Computer Science & Communication, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
    Template-based Search: A Tool for Scene Analysis2016In: 12th IEEE International Colloquium on Signal Processing & its Applications (CSPA): Proceeding, IEEE, 2016, 7515772Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes a simple and yet effective technique for shape-based scene analysis, in which detection and/or tracking of specific objects or structures in the image is desirable. The idea is based on using predefined binary templates of the structures to be located in the image. The template is matched to contours in a given edge image to locate the designated entity. These templates are allowed to deform in order to deal with variations in the structure's shape and size. Deformation is achieved by dividing the template into segments. The dynamic programming search algorithm is used to accomplish the matching process, achieving very robust results in cluttered and noisy scenes in the applications presented.

  • 33.
    Al-Alosi, Muhammed
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Framtidsmöjligheter med 5G mobilnät2014Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report introduces various mobile network technologies, 1G to 5G. Focus is on the future 5G mobile networks, how it works and what opportunities will come with it. The report also covers the base stations that will be used in the future mobile network, with a brief description of the terminal in 5G network and the services that will be available with it. The protocol stack in 5G network is also covered. Moreover the report presents the Wi-Fi 802.11u standard that will be a part of the future mobile network. We can also read about how the 5G network will solve certain problems that are related to today's networks technologies. Finally, the report describes different access technologies that are used in the telecommunications systems.

  • 34.
    Al-Doori, Mustafa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Synergisystem inom NCC2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, a study has been carried out in conjunction with NCC Construction AB in Umeå. The study is about a working environment reporting system called Synergi. The purpose of this study is to make the system known and useful among staff who work with and for NCC, and to explore the problems and weaknesses that should be addressed. The goal of the study is to find improvement opportunities to facilitate system use. This helps the system to be useful, which in turn will reduce incidents by registering and systematizing all incidents, accidents and observations. The results of the interviews show, that in addition to the benefits, there are drawbacks and weaknesses in the system that should be addressed. Examples of these drawbacks and weaknesses are that the system is not known among NCC staff, and certain structural and functional problems. Once the case registration has been started, the cace can not be saved to be finished later. Some fields are unimportant or can be presented in a better way, and that access to cases that were reported are complicated. Suggestions for improvement recommendations are introductory lectures. They should be given until all staff begin to know and apply the system. In addition, structural and functional problems should be addressed, such as access to the cases that were reported will be easier to find by putting quick link to the home page. Status bar at the case registration is irrelevant. The field to the notification to the social insurance and AFA should be changed to a checklist choice, instead of the current form. It is also recommended that the case registration should be transfered to a person who will be responsible for Synergis case registreirng. It helps officials in the workplace to save time.

  • 35.
    Alekzandra, Granath
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Filmskapande för nybörjare - steg för steg2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report is about film making, wich parts that are included in film making and things that is good to think of when doing film for the first time. A short movie has been created and from this, this study has been done to figure out if the theory is like the reality. Also the report is based om the book ”How to get started in film making” by Tom Holden and interviews with people working with film.

  • 36.
    Alexander, Bodén
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Kommunikation och marknadsföring inom Sociala medier – Novamedia Svenska PostkodLotteriet AB2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    When I worked with the daily communication with the lottery’s customers on social media the Communications Department at Nova Media Swedish Postcode Lottery contacted me to write a document, plan and present an advertising campaign in their social media channels to Christmas 2014. The company had ideas on a campaign that they wanted develop where my job was to develop and present a plan for how to implement the campaign. The purpose is to explain what PostkodTomten is and to highlight its commercial advantages for marketing purposes. To have succeeded with this work, I needed a clear methodology and plan. I deepened my knowledge in marketing with a clear focus on social media, literary studies has been key and theoretical studies have been a good basis to implement my work practically. The conclusion I take with me in the future, the importance of how to dispose of your work, meetings booked weekly and milestones were set up giving the project good order and structure. This report will first and foremost focus and process these documents but also contains a theoretical part of marketing and communications in social media in general. The document and the report were presented to the company as an appendix. The theoretical parts of the report focuses on the marketing and communications in social media, how it is going to and how to do it appropriately. It is also up to what a company can do to strategically "stick out" and promote themselves on social media and its various channels. The terms "Buzz marketing" and "viral marketing" will also be explained.

  • 37.
    Alexandro, Kröger Degerfeldt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hur stor räckvidd kan Mitt i Naturen nå genom en satsning i sociala medier och på webben?: Exemensarbete på Sveriges Television - Våren 20152015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sveriges Radio började sända radio i Sverige år 1925. 1957 genomfördes de första TV-sändningarna i Sverige av samma företag. Med åren kom företaget att delas i flera mindre delar och en av dessa var det nya företaget Sveriges Television som snabbt etablerade sig som Sveriges primära Tv-station.

    Genom åren har både radio och TV förändrats men även själva tittandet. Idag tittar väldigt många människor på TV via sina datorer eller mobiltelefoner. Detta gör att satsningarna på TV-program och deras hemsidor samt sociala medier blir allt viktigare.

    Efter att ha funnits sedan år 1980 skulle TV-programmet "Mitt i Naturen" inte sända någon vårsäsong år 2015. Det fanns en önskan om att fylla detta tomrum med en satsning på webben för att programmet skulle leva kvar på något sätt under vårmånaderna. Strategier lades fram och efter detta valdes några av dessa ut. Artiklar och små miniavsnitt skulle produceras varje vecka under vårmånaderna fram till sommaren. Publiceringar på Instagram och Facebook kom även att ingå i arbetet.

    Programmets huvudmålgrupp är barnfamiljer och här vill man få så stor räckvidd som möjligt genom satsningen. Efter arbetet kunde man summera att det i några fall gått väldigt bra för vissa artiklar som publicerats på hemsidan. Det som gett bäst genomslag var videoklippen på Facebook.

  • 38.
    Alhajaj, Riyam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    En enkätundersökning om effekten av olika kylningsmetoder på sovrumsmiljö i flervåningshus i Singapore2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sleep is important for the body and the brain, it gives them a chance to recover and rest. Sleeping well at night in a good sleeping environment helps people to handle stress more easily. How to create comfortable and healthy sleeping environment with less energy is worth exploring. The study was done in the form of a questionnaire survey with questions aimed to study individuals' response to thermal environment and air quality created by different cooling methods (air conditioning, natural mechanical ventilation, natural ventilation) in bedroom environment.

    229 responses gathered within a one-year period and analyzed using a statistical program. The responses were devided to different groups depending on individuals' age, gender, residence floor level and working environment. Results showed that most participants prefer to use the air conditioning for a certain number of hours at low temperature settings. For those living on high floors have an increased use of mechanical or natural ventilation. Those who work outdoors choose to use air conditioning in less hours and relatively high temperatures. Elderly respondants rarely use the air conditioning. 

  • 39. Alhalaweh, Amjad
    et al.
    George, Sumod
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry.
    Velaga, Sitaram P.
    1:1 and 2:1 urea-Succinic acid cocrystals: structural diversity, solution chemistry, and thermodynamic stability2010In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 10, no 11, 4847-4855 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this work was to study the crystal structures of 1:1 and 2:1 urea-succinic acid (U-SA) cocrystals and to investigate the role of solution chemistry in the formation and stability of different stoichiometric cocrystals. The structural diversity of other urea-dicarboxylic acid cocrystals is also discussed. The 1:1 U-SA cocrystal was stabilized by an acid-amide heterosynthon while acid-amide heterosynthons and amide amide homosynthons stabilized the 2:1 cocrystals. The hydrogen bonding motifs 1:1 and 2:1 U-SA cocrystals were consistent with other urea-dicarboxylic acid systems with similar stoichiometrics. The 1:1 cocrystals were transformed to 2:1 cocrystals upon slurrying in various solvents at 25 degrees C. The phase solubility diagram was used to define the stability regions of different solid phases in 2-propanol at 25 degrees C. While no phase stability region for 1:1 cocrystal could be found, the stable regions for the 2:1 cocrystals and their pure components were defined he eutectic points. The solubility of the 2:1 cocrystals was dependent on the concentration of the ligand in the solution and explained by the solubility product and 1:1 solution complexation. The mathematical models predicting the solubility of the 2:1 cocrystals were evaluated and found to fit the experimental data.

  • 40.
    Al-Hasnawi, Hassan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Solar Heat in Industrial Processes: Integration of Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors Dairy Plants and Pharmaceutical Plants2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The industry sector accounts for a high share of the final energy consumption, with industries in EU-28accounting for a quarter of the final energy demand. Studies also show that 45 % of the industrial heatdemand in EU-27 is in a temperature range that can be supplied with present day solar collectors. Despitethis large potential, solar heat faces obstacles hindering its growth in the industrial sector. The mostsignificant obstacle is the low insight of the industrial system designs and energy demands. Those arecrucial factors for the feasibility and dimensioning of solar heating systems. Three case studies aretherefore conducted in dairy and pharmaceutical plants in order to review the most promising integrationpoints for parabolic trough solar collectors in terms of annual heat demand, temperature level andintegration effort. Two case studies are performed in dairy plants and one in a pharmaceutical plant, alllocated in Sweden. The analyses comprised reviewing energy mappings, process and instrumentationdiagrams of processes and boiler systems, and hourly energy demand data. Simulations have beencarried out with Polysun for the processes with hourly energy data available.Four integration points have been determined to be high priority solar heat integration points in dairyplants, when considering annual thermal energy demand, temperature levels and integration effort.Those are the low pressure steam line, heating of feedwater, clean in place systems and pasteurizers.Solar heat integration concepts have been presented for all the aforementioned heat sinks andsimulations have been conducted for the low pressure steam line and heating of feedwater. A significantamount of excess heat is produced as a result of fluctuating heat demands and peak solar heat productionhours. Further investigation should be carried out, in order to review the potential of supplying excessheat to other heat sinks. Despite the reviewed potential of the clean in place systems and pasteurizers,lack of the hourly energy demand has hindered further analyses of those systems. It is thereforerecommended to conduct energy measurements before taking further measures.Two integration points have been identified in the pharmaceutical plant, namely autoclaves andmultiple-effect distillers. Solar steam generation concepts have been presented for both processes. Theautoclaves are provided with 4,5 bar steam intermittently, as they work with batches and can have ondutyand off-duty intervals ranging from 3-30 minutes. The multiple-effect distillers are providedwith 7 bar steam, which is of rather high pressure for the solar collectors model on which thesimulations are based. The heat demand of the distillers is more or less constant.It was generally easier to acquire data for the integration points at the supply level. For instance, all heatsinks at the supply level had energy demand data available, contrary to the process level. This inclinesadditional focus on integration to the supply level, if the extent of the feasibility study is to be kept to aminimum.

  • 41.
    Allard, Ingrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Nära-nollenergibyggnader2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The new EU directive EPBD2, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (recast), adopted 2010, specifies that all new buildings must be so-called nearly-zero-energy-buildings by year 2021. A nearly-zero-energy-building is a building with very high energy performance, which is provided with renewable energy to a large extent. How this should be interpreted and where the requirement is to be placed on energy usage is up to each country to decide. There is currently a debate about this going on in Sweden, and the Swedish Energy Agency has been asked to design a strategy to meet the goals for nearly-zero-energy-buildings. The environmental goal for reducing the carbon footprint by 2020 and 2050 is also closely linked to this question. In order to set a reasonable level of requirement for energy use, both economic-, technical- and environmental aspects must be taken into account. This report studies a new building area in Västra Sörhaga, Alingsås, to find out how to build it in order to achieve the standard for nearly-zero-energy-buildings. A wider study is also made to find out where it is reasonable to set the level of requirements for energy use for nearly-zero-energybuildings throughout the country. The energy calculation software VIP-energy is used for simulating four buildings, off different sizes, and studying their energy consumption.

    Where the system boundary is placed has a big impact on the outcome of the measurement of a building's energy use. EPBD2 determines that the building's energy performance should be a priority, before the supply of renewable energy sources. In order to attain a building with a high energy performance, an optimized construction performance is first required, with an airtight and highly insulated building envelope and a ventilation system with heat recovery, and then an efficient energy system and an efficient energy supply should be ensured. When this is reached, the focus can then be put on making sure that the energy supplied is renewable to as large extent as possible. It is therefore important to optimize the building performance first and then take the energy supply system and energy sources into account, whereby the building also has a low primary energy use and is supplied with as much renewable and environmentally friendly energy as possible.

    The Swedish Energy Agency’s proposes an energy requirement of half the current energy requirements as a goal for nearly-zero-energy-buildings. One example of energy reducing measures that would result in achieving this standard for a cottage in Kiruna is: elimination of thermal bridges, heat exchange of the ventilation air with 90 % efficiency, windows with a heat transfer coefficient of 0.7 W/m2K and doors with 0.6 W/m2K, airtightness of 0.2 l/s,m2 and a window proportion of 10 %. This is a stretch of what is possible to achieve with today’s technology. Heat exchangers with an efficiency of 90 % exist today, but since they require defrosting in cold climate, which decreases the real efficiency, it could be difficult to achieve in Kiruna. However, with future technological developments and experiences of building low energy buildings, this would be a reasonable standard for nearly-zero-energy-buildings throughout the country. It would also be advantageous to divide the country into more climate zones, or at least divide them more equally. The variation in energy use for a building is today much larger in the most northern climate zone than in the southernmost.

    thermal bridges, heat exchange of the ventilation air with 90 % efficiency, windows with a heat transfer coefficient of 0.7 W/m2K and doors with 0.6 W/m2K, airtightness of 0.2 l/s,m2 and a window proportion of 10 %. This is a stretch of what is possible to achieve with today’s technology. Heat exchangers with an efficiency of 90 % exist today, but since they require defrosting in cold climate, which decreases the real efficiency, it could be difficult to achieve in Kiruna. However, with future technological developments and experiences of building low energy buildings, this would be a reasonable standard for nearly-zero-energy-buildings throughout the country. It would also be advantageous to divide the country into more climate zones, or at least divide them more equally. The variation in energy use for a building is today much larger in the most northern climate zone than in the southernmost.

    It would be possible to use the passive house standard requirements for nearly-zero-energybuildings in the southern parts of Sweden, but it is not recommended in the north. Especially small buildings are very difficult to build in the passive house standard in cold climates today. To reach passive house standard for a small building in the northern most part of Sweden could require an indoor temperature no higher than 20°C and an airtightness of 0.1 l/s,m2. This is not reasonable, mostly because it is common to have a higher indoor temperature in Sweden and because this very high air tightness cannot be guaranteed today. The area in Västra Sörhaga, Alingsås, is realistic to build with requirements of passive house standard because it is in climate zone III, and that would almost certainly also satisfy the standard for nearly-zero-energy-buildings. If the area was built in the passive house standard it would result in a total specific energy consumption of around 50 kWh/m2 per year, which is 45 % of the energy use for the same area built to meet today’s energy requirements.

    The national board of housing’s proposed energy requirements for the revision of the construction rules for 2011 are deemed not to be ambitious enough and makes it very difficult to achieve environmental objectives by 2020. Further studies need to be made on the economic viability of buildings with low energy use, and in order to assess the amount of energy in a uniform manner, primary energy factors need to be developed. These should include both efficiency in manufacturing, energy form and energy sources. Energy sources, in turn, should be judged by the degree of renewability, access and storage capacity. Construction of low-energy buildings requires a large change in the existing construction market and energy structure. We have to start now to achieve this by 2021!

  • 42.
    Allard, Ingrid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Achieving building energy performance: requirements and evaluation methods for residential buildings in Sweden, Norway, and Finland2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Building energy performance has always been important in the cold climate of Sweden, Norway and Finland. To meet the goal that all new buildings should be nearly zero-energy buildings by 2020, set in the EU directive 2010/31/EU [1] on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD recast), the building sector in Europe now faces a transition towards buildings with improved energy performance. In such a transition, a discussion is needed about the objective of the improvement – why, or to what end, the building energy performance should be improved. The objective of improving building energy performance is often a political decision, but scientific research can contribute with knowledge on how the objectives can be achieved.

    This thesis addresses how the indicators used in the requirements used to achieve building energy performance in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and the methods used to evaluate these requirements, reflect building energy performance. It also addresses difficulties in achieving comparable and verifiable indicators in evaluations of building energy performance. The research objective has two parts: to review, compare, and discuss (i) requirements and (ii) evaluation methods used to achieve energy performance of residential buildings in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The work in this thesis includes reviews of the requirements used in national building codes and passive house criteria to achieve building energy performance, of methods used to evaluate compliance with such requirements, and of methods used specifically to evaluate the indicator Envelope Air Tightness.

    The results show that different sets of indicators are used to achieve building energy performance in the studied building codes and passive house criteria. The methods used to evaluate compliance with requirements used to achieve building energy performance are also different, but calculation methods are generally more often used than measurement methods. The calculation- and measurement methods used are often simple. A methodology to analyze the deviation between predictions- and measurements of building energy performance (the performance gap) was developed, to investigate the effects of different evaluation methods on different indicators used to achieve building energy performance. The methodology was tested in a case-study. This study indicated that the choice of method affects which parts of the performance gap reflected in the indicators Supplied Energy (see Terminology), Net Energy (see Terminology), and Overall U-value. Among the reviewed methods to evaluate air tightness, the Fan/Blower Door Pressurization is well known and preferred by professionals in the field. The results in this thesis may be useful when choosing indicators and evaluation methods to achieve different objectives of improving building energy performance and in the quest towards comparable and verifiable indicators used to achieve building energy performance.

  • 43.
    Allard, Ingrid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hassan, Osama
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Olofsson, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Energy evaluation methods for  residential buildings in Nordic countries2012In: Proceeding of the Technoport Conference, Elsevier, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To meet the goals of the directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, the building sector in Europe now faces a transition towards more energy efficient buildings. Research and development of new energy solutions and technology will be necessary for the transition and the importance of measuring and evaluating building energy performance increases. This paper attempts to review and evaluate different methods that are commonly used to analyze energy performance in residential buildings in Nordic countries, primarily in Sweden, Norway and Finland. A short international review of regulations is also included. Some advantages and disadvantages of each method are discussed, as well as commonly used methods in the three countries. Although the three Nordic countries have similar climate conditions and building traditions, the study shows that there exist relatively large variations in defining parameters related to energy performance in residential buildings, such as energy use, heated area, and climate zones. The outcome of the regulations could be investigated by adapting the codes on a selected set of buildings. Common analyzing methods, or parts of methods, are found to be used in several countries. These aspects may be considered in further work to develop more accurate and easily comparable methods to evaluate energy performance for residential buildings in cold climate.

  • 44.
    Allard, Ingrid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Olofsson, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hassan, Osama
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Methods for air tightness analysis for residential buildings in Nordic countries2012In: Methods for air tightness analysis forresidential buildings in Nordic countries, Southampton: WIT Press, 2012, 311-322 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Envelope air tightness is one factor that has impact on the energy performance ofbuildings. The goals of the directive 2010/31/EU, on energy performance ofbuildings, raise the importance of building energy performance analysis in theprocess. Measurements of air tightness can be useful both when evaluatingbuilding energy performance and developing new building techniques. The aimof this paper is to review and evaluate methods to measure air tightness in bothnew and existing residential buildings in Sweden, Norway and Finland, based onan international literature study and a survey. The methods are categorized basedon a number of criteria to determine their suitability in different situations.Advantages and disadvantages of the methods are discussed, as well ascommonly used methods in the three countries. The review shows that thestandard ISO 9972 is used for verification in all three countries, but alternativesexist that might be more suitable in certain situations. Simpler methods are usedin the building process to increase air tightness. To achieve a comparablemeasurement, both common methods and commonly defined units are needed.

  • 45.
    Allard, Ingrid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Olofsson, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hassan, Osama A. B.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Methods for energy analysis of residential buildings in Nordic countries2013In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 22, 306-318 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To meet the goals of the directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, the building sector in Europe now faces a transition towards more energy efficient buildings. Research and development of new energy solutions and technology will be necessary for the transition and the importance of analyzing building energy performance increases. This paper aims to review and evaluate different methods that are commonly used to analyze energy performance in residential buildings in Nordic countries, primarily in Sweden, Norway and Finland. A short international review of regulations is also included. The goal is to find commonly used methods and possibilities for the future. The introduced methods are summarized, categorized and compared based on their advantages and disadvantages. Although the three Nordic countries have similar climate conditions and building traditions, the review shows relatively large variations in the definitions of energy performance for residential buildings, as well as variations in how measurements and calculations are used in the methods for energy performance analysis. In the conducted review, methods, or parts of methods, are also found to be used. The methods used to analyze energy performance are found to be more similar than the concepts of energy performance itself in the three countries. These aspects may be considered in further work to develop an international policy practice for energy performance of residential buildings in cold climate.

  • 46.
    Allard, Ingrid
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Olofsson, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Östin, Ronny
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    A methodology to investigate the building energy performance gap2015In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In order to evaluate compliance with requirements on building energy performance, it is necessary to find strategies to process discrepancies from the results of forward simulations in the design stage and of measurements in the operated stage. The gap between designed performance and measured performance is referred to as the “performance gap”. It can be divided into a procurement gap (between intended design and verified performance) and an operational gap (between verified performance and non-normalized measurements).  

    In this work we introduced a methodology for performance gap analysis, based on separating the procurement- and operational gap. An important component to do this is calibrations of calculations using measured data. The suggested methodology allows for more detailed verifications of building energy performance and can be used to study how indicators reflect the performance gap. The proposed methodology is tested using data from a well-documented and measured operated single family building, in sub-arctic climate in Sweden.

    The indicators studied in the verification were carefully analyzed. The methodology was found reliable based on the obtained results and a sensitivity analysis. An overall observation is that the applicability of the methodology depends on the accuracy of the hybrid method. The accuracy of the performance gap analysis per definition depends on the available information of the operated building, and consequently to access to extensive measured data.

  • 47.
    Almgren, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Effekten av dagsljus- och närvarostyrd LED-belysning i en befintlig kontorsbyggnad ur energi-, ekonomi- och ljusmiljösynpunkt2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    An important measure to reduce buildings’ environmental impact is to make the artificial lighting more effective, which is the biggest electricity consumer of Swedish office buildings and accounts for more than 30 % of the total electricity consumption.A case study has been carried out in this master thesis as a part in an existing project with ÅF Lighting, where new strategic avenues has been explored in which to combine day- and electrical light in office landscapes in a smarter, more energy-efficient manner and at the same time improve the lighting environment.Two office spaces at the own head office of ÅF in Solna, Stockholm has been used in the case study, where two different LED lighting solutions got installed. One with pendant luminaries, desk lamps and downlights, and one with only recessed luminaires.Through several computer simulations, electricity and light measurements, questionnaires, interviews etc., it has been investigated how the heat and cooling load, electricity consumption, lighting quality and operating costs has been affected of the change of the lighting system. The lighting environment, daylight conditions, heat and cooling load, economical savings and electricity consumption for the two offices has been investigated in diaLUX, DIVA-for-Rhino, IDA ICE 4.7, ecoCALC and Mitec Monitor, respectively. The electricity measurements showed that the lighting solutions’ electricity consumption got reduced with 71,6 % on floor 5 and 68,1 % on floor 10 with the new LED lighting solutions and control systems during the investigated month.Through the IDA ICE energy simulations over a year it was shown that the total yearly cooling load to floor 5 and floor 10 got reduced with 19 % and 17 %, which can be explained by the lesser heat gain from the more energy efficient lighting and the controlling of this. Though a small increase in heating load, the total energy consumption got reduced with around 12-14 % on both floors. The simulations also showed that the total electricity consumption of the lighting got reduced with 70 % for floor 5 and 63 % for floor 10 after the change to the new LED lighting solutions and implementation of control systems.The LCC for the new lighting solutions showed that these have a higher investment cost than the total operation cost for the existing solution over the life cycle. However, the costs to run the LED solutions are less than a third of the operation costs for the existing solution, and after the exchange the carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced with close to 70 %.Through this case study it has been shown that the energy consumption from lighting can be highly reduced with the installation of energy efficient lighting in combination with smart control systems, and it can also have a positive effect on the lighting environment. However, the high investment costs of the LED solutions lead to the conclusion that installation of these solutions today is not economically justifiable.

  • 48.
    Almqvist, Jonna
    et al.
    SP Processum.
    Westin, Gunnar
    SP Processum.
    Öberg, Christian
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Energy Science.
    Samförbränning av bioslam från massaindustrin i bubblande fluidiserad bädd2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 49.
    Almstedt, Kalle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Energieffektiviseringsåtgärder på Gustavsvik resorts AB2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Badhus är den typ av svenska lokaler som använder mest energi, ofta med en energiprestanda som är långt högre än BBRs gränsvärden för ny- och ombyggnationer. Denna rapport är resultatet av ett examensarbete för Civilingenjörsprogrammet i energiteknik vid Umeå Universitet. Det har utförts på uppdrag av teknikkonsultföretaget KAMTechnology AB åt upplevelseanläggningen Gustavsvik resorts AB. Gustavsvik ligger i Örebro och består av bland annat äventyrsbad, motionsbad, gym, camping med mera. Detta examensarbete syftar till att utreda möjligheter och ta fram förslag till energieffektiviseringsåtgärder för Gustavsviks badanläggning. Studien har avgränsats till att behandla energisystemet för kyla och värme med fokus på kylkretsen och värmeåtervinning ur gråvatten.

    Potentialen för värmeåtervinningen ur Gustavsviks gråvatten har beräknats till cirka 130 000 kWh/år, vilket utgör ca 20 % av deras köpta energi för varmvattenberedning. Det finns en handfull produkter på marknaden för värmeåtervinning ur grå- och avloppsvatten, som hävdar god prestanda och lönsamma installationer. Det kan konstateras att det finns få utförda studier och genomförda projekt som presenterar mätvärden och prestanda för dessa typer av installationer. Intresset för dessa typer av anläggningar tycks ändå öka och branschorganisationer försöker skynda på utvecklingen genom bland annat tekniktävlingar vilket sammanfattas i, och styrks, av litteraturstudien som utgör en del av denna rapport.

    Platsbesök har utförts för att samla in data från anläggningens styr- och övervakningssystem. Insamlad data har loggats under 2013 och utgörs av temperaturer, flöden samt el- och fjärrvärmeanvändning. Kompletterande mätningar av kyl- och värmebärarens flöde utfördes även för att kunna uppskatta värmepumparnas kyl- och värmeproduktion En begränsad kartläggning av Gustavsviks kylkrets har utförts, där även anläggningens två värmepumpar har utvärderats. Värmepumparnas prestanda visade sig vara sämre än vad tillverkarna uppger och det finns därmed en möjlig besparingspotential i att förbättra och optimera deras drift. Datahanteringen och beräkningar har främst gjort i Microsoft Excel. Under examensarbetet har det identifierats flera fall där man kyler och värmer på samma ställe, vilket betraktas som möjligheter till energieffektiviseringsåtgärder. Slutsatserna av denna studie är att Gustavsvik har stora möjligheter till att sänka sin energiförbrukning. Detta genom att bland annat installera värmeåtervinning ur gråvatten, bygga bort konkurrerande värme och kyla samt att justera in sitt energisystem. Det som Gustavsvik rekommenderas att göra i första hand är en heltäckande energikartläggning av sitt energisystem. 

  • 50.
    Al-Naser, Mohammad
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Söderström, Ulrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Reconstruction of occluded facial images using asymmetrical Principal Component Analysis2012In: Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, ISSN 1069-2509, Vol. 19, no 3, 273-283 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    When only non-occluded image parts are available for facial images it is difficult or impossible to correctly recognize the person in the image. The problem addressed in this work is reconstruction of the occluded parts in facial images; e. g. eyes covered with sunglasses. Asymmetrical Principal Component Analysis (aPCA) allows estimation of occluded facial parts based on the content of the facial parts which are visible. aPCA is used to estimate full non-occluded faces from 3 kinds of occlusion with 2 different reconstruction methods in this work and we present the results with both objective and subjective evaluation. The subjective evaluation shows that clear and sharp image regions are preferred even if this results in visible edges in the images. The method also performs well when a different facial expression than the one in the database is used to calculate the reconstruction parameters.

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