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On the use of autonomous unmanned vehicles in response to hazardous atmospheric release incidents

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posted on 2019-03-20, 16:08 authored by Michael Hutchinson
Recent events have induced a surge of interest in the methods of response to releases of hazardous materials or gases into the atmosphere. In the last decade there has been particular interest in mapping and quantifying emissions for regulatory purposes, emergency response, and environmental monitoring. Examples include: responding to events such as gas leaks, nuclear accidents or chemical, biological or radiological (CBR) accidents or attacks, and even exploring sources of methane emissions on the planet Mars. This thesis presents a review of the potential responses to hazardous releases, which includes source localisation, boundary tracking, mapping and source term estimation. [Continues.]


Loughborough University, Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Great Britain, Ministry of Defence (Defence and Security Accelerator, project nos.: ACC101517 and ACC500113)



  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering


  • Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Loughborough University

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© Michael Hutchinson

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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.


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Cunjia Liu ; Hyondong Oh

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  • PhD

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  • Doctoral