Accession Number : AD0448907


Title :   WORLD-WIDE FEASIBILITY OF A PASSIVE MAGNETIC METHOD OF DETECTING BURIED NONMETALLIC LAND MINES


Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA


Personal Author(s) : Carts, Jr , Stanley L ; Webb, Philip K


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/448907.pdf


Report Date : 31 Jul 1961


Pagination or Media Count : 77


Abstract : The investigation was made to determine the world-wide feasibility of a passive magnetic method for detection of nonmetallic land mines. The investigation included a determination of the natural restrictions imposed upon a passive magnetic detection system by the magnetic properties of soil containing buried mines. The report concludes that: (a) Use of a passive magnetic mine detection system as a sole means of detection is not feasible because of the detection principle is not practicable in 74 percent of the world's land surface: In 12 percent because of insufficient mine-soil susceptibility contrast alone; in 40 percent because of excessive magnetic anomalous (false) signal effects alone; and in 22 percent because of both insufficient contrast and excessive anomalies. (b) More sensitive instrumentation will not improve the world-wide feasibility of passive magnetic mine detection systems because severe restrictions are imposed on the use of passive magnetic phenomenon by natural magnetic soil properties and not by inadequate instrument sensitivity.


Descriptors :   *LAND MINES , DETECTION , NONMETALS , MAGNETOMETERS , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , MAGNETIC PROPERTIES , SOILS


Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE