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Ground Penetrating Radar System

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As the name indicates ground penetrating radar referred as GPR is a type of radar developed to analyze the internals of the ground. It employs radio waves in the frequency range from 1 to about 1000MHz. It helps to map ground structures and ground features.

ground penetrating radar system

Figure depicts typical components used in the ground penetrating radar system. Similar to other wireless system this radar will be composed of transmitter and receiver part. The transmitter part consists of source signal generation, modulation and RF upconversion before feeding the signal to the antenna for transmission into the solid ground. This is opposite to wireless systems where in signals are transmitted into the air.

The receiver part consists of signal sampling, signal digitization, data storage, signal processing to display and radar scope for displaying relevant information as needed.

Ground penetrating radar system works as follows:

•  Transmitter emits the RF (Radio Frequency) signal into the solid ground

•  Detects and records the different time instance of the echoes and utilizes these information to construct the image.

•  Provide this image information on the scope in terms of signal time delay and signal strength for the user.


Following are applications of this radar:
•  to measure snow and ice sheet thickness in arctic region and other places
•  to locate utilities buried within the ground
•  to evaluate mine site
•  for forensic investigation
•  Digging archeological sites
•  to search buried land mine
•  to predict avalanche

Following table provides ground penetrating radar depth. This data is specific to the site. It may vary depending upon many factors. One can refer this for basic comparison between different materials as well as to have rough estimate of the values.

Material description Depth
sea water between 0.01 to 0.1 meter
Concrete About 1 meter
Asphalt About 3 meter
Clay,shale About 6 meter
Silt,mudstone About 7 meter
wood About 8 meter
Fresh water About 40 meter
Sand, Gravel About 60
Limestone About 70
Salt (Dry) About 80
Granite About 100
Ice, Air About 1000



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