By Jacqueline A. MacDonald, J. R. Lockwood
Analyzes the advantages and downsides of recent applied sciences in landmine detection and provides suggestions for bettering and rushing up the method.
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Strengths. Because both metallic and nonmetallic mines create conductivity anomalies, the technology is appropriate for detecting all types of mines. Moreover, it is especially well suited for mine detection in wet environments, such as beaches or marshes, because of the enhanced conductivity of the moist substrate. The equipment is relatively simple and inexpensive. Limitations. The primary limitations are that the technology requires physical contact with the ground, which might detonate a mine, and that it cannot be used in such excessively dry, nonconductive environments as desert or rocky surfaces.
The optimal design for maximizing image quality while ensuring sufficient penetration depth changes with environmental conditions, soil type, mine size, and mine position. Various alternative GPR designs are being explored to optimize the tradeoff between penetration depth and image quality under a wide range of conditions. Also criti- Innovative Mine Detection Systems 19 SOURCE: Ackenhusen et al. (2001). NOTE: The bottom target is a metallic mine; the top two targets are low-metal mines. 1—Images of Landmines Produced by GPR System cal in the design of a GPR system are signal-processing algorithms, which filter out clutter signals and select objects to be declared as mines.
Various alternative GPR designs are being explored to optimize the tradeoff between penetration depth and image quality under a wide range of conditions. Also criti- Innovative Mine Detection Systems 19 SOURCE: Ackenhusen et al. (2001). NOTE: The bottom target is a metallic mine; the top two targets are low-metal mines. 1—Images of Landmines Produced by GPR System cal in the design of a GPR system are signal-processing algorithms, which filter out clutter signals and select objects to be declared as mines.
Alternatives for Landmine Detection by Jacqueline A. MacDonald, J. R. Lockwood