Detection of Landmine Signature using SAW-based Polymer-coated Chemical Sensor
Keywords: Chemical vapour signature, landmine detection, chemical sensor, polymer-coated sensor, polymer-based sensor, carbowax 1000, explosive material
AbstractThe explosive charge within a landmine is the source for a mixture of chemical vapours that form a distinctive chemical signature indicative of a landmine. The concentrations of these compounds in the air over landmines is extremely low (parts-per-trillion or lower), well below the minimum detection limits of most field-portable chemical sensors. This paper describes a portable surface acoustic wave-based polymer-coated sensor for the detection of hidden explosives. The sensitivity and selectivity of polymer-based sensors depend on several factors including the chemo-selective coating used, the physical properties of the vapour(s) of interest, the selected transducers, and the operating conditions. The polymer-based sensor was calibrated in the laboratory using the explosive vapour generator. The preliminary results indicated that the carbowax 1000 could be a very good chemical interface to sense low levels of chemical signature of explosive material. Response for 50 ppb of TNT vapours was observed to be 400 Hz for an exposure of 2 min.
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Kannan, O., Bhalla, R., Kapoor, J., Nimal, A., Mittal, U., & Yadava, R. (2004). Detection of Landmine Signature using SAW-based Polymer-coated Chemical Sensor. Defence Science Journal, 54(3), 309-315. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.54.2044
Applied Physics & Fluid Dynamics
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