Modeling of Vibration-Enhanced Underground Sensing (VENUS)
Michael B. Steer
Mohammed A. Zikry
Project runs from 09/08/2017 to 09/07/2019
Humanitarian demining will be advanced by exploiting a new sensing modality based on magnetically induced vibrations of small metallic parts. An alternating or pulsed magnetic field induces vibrations of structures containing diamagnetic and paramagnetic materials. If these materials are conductive then the primary mechanism driving vibrations is the induction of eddy currents and subsequent Lorentz forces. While the physics is known, the analytic modeling is intractable which affects the ability to optimize a vibration-enhanced underground sensing system (VENUS). The main problem addressed in this proposal is researching a working mathematical model of a complex interacting system involving multiple physics, multiple scales, and multiple analysis domains. This project will explore the abstraction levels necessary to achieve usable multi-physics simulations of magnetically induced mechanical vibrations accounting for different material types, ageing effects, construction variability, and the effect of different soil types.