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A controlled outdoor test site for evaluation of soil effects on landmine detection sensors
Author(s): Remke L. van Dam; Jan M.H. Hendrickx; Brian Borchers; Sung Hong; Timothy W. Miller; Russell S. Harmon
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Paper Abstract

Previous modeling studies and experimental work have demonstrated that soil physical properties have a significant effect on most sensors for the detection of buried land mines. While a modeling approach allows for testing of the effects of a wide range of soil variables, most experimental work is limited to (field) soils with poorly known or controlled properties. With this in mind, we constructed a new outdoor test site with full control of soil water content and continuous monitoring of important soil properties and environmental conditions. In three wooden frames of 2 x 2 x 1 meter, filled with different soil types (sand, loam, and clay), we buried low-metal anti-tank and anti-personnel land mine simulants. We installed time domain reflectometry (for measurement of soil water content) and temperature probes at different depths above and below the land mines as well as in homogeneous soil away from the land mines. In this paper we document the features of this new test site and present results from the monitoring equipment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5415, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX, (21 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.540723
Show Author Affiliations
Remke L. van Dam, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Jan M.H. Hendrickx, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Brian Borchers, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Sung Hong, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Timothy W. Miller, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Russell S. Harmon, Army Research Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5415:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX
Russell S. Harmon; J. Thomas Broach; John H. Holloway, Editor(s)

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