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Experimental measurements for a seismic landmine detection system
Author(s): Gregg D. Larson; James S. Martin; Waymond R. Scott Jr.; George S. McCall II
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Paper Abstract

Experimental and numerical models have been utilized at Georgia Tech in the research and development of a seismic landmine detection technique which generates seismic waves in the soil using a surface-coupled electrodynamic transducer and detects normal surface displacements with a non-contact radar sensor. As the numerical models have shown a strong dependence upon material properties of the soil as a function of depth, experiments have been conducted at six field sites and in the experimental model to quantify the effect of different soil conditions upon the operation of the seismic landmine detection system and to measure depth-dependent material properties. Measurements have been made with and without buried anti-personnel and anti-tank mines to determine the effects that landmines have upon the propagation of seismic waves. Surface waves have been measured using the non-contact radar sensor as well as triaxial accelerometers and geophones. Post-processing has included the examination of particle motion in three dimensions, the identification of individual wave types through polarity tracking and dispersion curves, and the extraction of individual propagating waves. The field sites include wet and dry sand at a beach, a roadbed at a U. S. Government facility in a temperate climate, frozen ground, clayey soil with and without rocks, and a silt-sand mixture in a coastal region.

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: 10.1117/12.542099
Show Author Affiliations
Gregg D. Larson, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
James S. Martin, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Waymond R. Scott Jr., Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
George S. McCall II, Georgia Institute of Technology (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 Jr., Editor(s)

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