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Nonlinear tuning curve vibration response of a buried landmine
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Paper Abstract

Measurements of the acoustic impedance of a VS 2.2 anti-tank plastic landmine reveal significant resonances in the frequency range between 80 and 650 Hz. The top surface resonances are due to its complicated mechanical structure vibrating in air. The lowest mode of the landmine results in a high Q simple harmonic oscillator resonance of the top surface, which behaves like a rigid mass. At higher frequencies the top surface behaves like thin circular plat acoustic modes. When these landmines are buried in soils, the modes are mass loaded. Resonances from measurements of the normal component of the acoustically induced soil surface particle velocity (due to sufficient acoustic-to-seismic coupling) are used for detection schemes. Since the interface between the top plate and the soil responds to pressure fluctuations nonlinearly, characteristics of landmines, the soil, and the interface are rich in nonlinear physics and allow for new methods of buried landmine detection not previously exploited. Here, the structure of a family of resonant tuning curves for relatively low amplitude, but nonlinear drive levels, reveals the “nonclassical” nonlinear resonant behavior of the soil-landmine oscillator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5089, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII, (11 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.486996
Show Author Affiliations
James M. Sabatier, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Univ. of Mississippi (United States)
Murray S. Korman, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
U.S. Naval Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5089:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. T. Broach, Editor(s)

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