Doctoral Dissertations


Xiang Gao


"Chemical source localization is a challenge for most of researchers. It has extensive applications, such as anti-terrorist military, Gas and oil industry, and environment engineering. This dissertation used wireless sensor and sensor networks to get chemical particle propagation mapping and chemical source localization. First, the chemical particle propagation mapping is built using interpolation and extrapolation methods. The interpolation method get the chemical particle path through the sensors, and the extrapolation method get the chemical particle beyond the sensors. Both of them compose of the mapping in the whole considered area. Second, the algorithm of sensor fusion is proposed. It smooths the chemical particle paths through integration of more sensors' value and updating the parameters. The updated parameters are associated with including sensor fusion among chemical sensors and wind sensors at same positions and sensor fusion among sensors at different positions. This algorithm improves the accuracy and efficiency of chemical particle mapping. Last, the reasoning system is implemented aiming to detect the chemical source in the considered region where the chemical particle propagation mapping has been finished. This control scheme dynamically analyzes the data from the sensors and guide us to find the goal. In this dissertation, the novel algorithm of modelling chemical propagation is programmed using Matlab. Comparing the results from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software COMSOL, this algorithm have the same level of accuracy. However, it saves more computational times and memories. The simulation and experiment of detecting chemical source in an indoor environment and outdoor environment are finished in this dissertation"--Abstract, page iii.


Acar, Levent
Sarangapani, Jagannathan, 1965-

Committee Member(s)

Zawodniok, Maciej Jan, 1975-
Yin, Zhaozheng
Huang, Jie


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2016


x, 132 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 129-131).


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Chemical detectors
Wireless sensor networks
Sensor networks

Thesis Number

T 11024

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