Acronym: PERUN 
Name: Enabling Inductive Metal Characterisation in Non Cooperative Soils 
Project status: From: 2015-07-01 To: 2018-06-30 (Completed)
Contract number: 102697-2015 
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Type (Programme): Ostali 
Instrument: Ostalo 
Project cost: 183.435,00 EUR
Project funding: 183.435,00 EUR
Project coordinator
Organisation Name: Fakultete elektrotehnike i računarstva 
Organisation adress: Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb 
Organisation country: Croatia 
Contact person name: prof. dr. sc. Vedran Bilas 
Contact person email: Email 
Croatian partner
Organisation name: Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva 
Organisation address: Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia 
Contact person name: prof. dr. sc. Vedran Bilas
Contact person tel:
+38516129974  Contact person fax:  
Contact person e-mail: Email 
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Short description of project
The research team at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) is headed by Prof. Vedran Bilas of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The project enjoys the expert support of the Croatian Mine Action Center – Center for testing, development and training (HCR-CTRO). In order to face the challenge of huge false alarm rate of metal detectors for humanitarian demining, the next generation of electromagnetic induction detectors based on advanced inductive metal characterisation is being investigated. The experience and trials with the commercial metal detectors, as well as the research on the advanced induction characterisation techniques for unexploded ordnance (UXO) strongly indicate that probability of detection and correct classification of mines and clutter deteriorates sharply in the presence of non-cooperative soils (magnetically susceptible or electrically conductive soils). The non-cooperative soils are present globally in many heavily mined countries and recently there have been initiatives to develop an information database and distribution maps of electromagnetic properties of soils worldwide in order to help with the landmine detection problem. Since the advanced metal detectors will require a higher object-to-soil signal ratio than the existing ones, and since the landmines are much smaller objects than UXO with generally lower object-to-soil signal ratio, there can be no advanced landmine detector based on the inductive metal characterisation without a better model-based soil compensation method. The objective of this research is to devise a model-based soil compensation method to enable advanced characterization of landmines in humanitarian demining. The project will take the next step in reliable operation of existing and next-generation metal detectors over non-cooperative soils, optimized with respect to practical and regulatory requirements of humanitarian demining. Integration of the inductive metal characterisation methods and the soil effect compensation techniques will be tested on the HCR-CTRO outdoor test facility indented for test and evaluation of hand-held mine detection systems in Benkovac (Croatia) with three different soil types and 1000 mine targets. Special attention will be paid to the requirement that the experimental setup can be in a later stage developed to ergonomic, easy-to-interpret, low power handheld prototype. The project is a continuation of cooperation between Manchester and Zagreb group on electromagnetic induction methods.  
Short description of the task performed by Croatian partner
Cilj projekta je istražiti metode kompenzacije utjecaja tla na karakterizaciju metalnih objekata primjenom elektromagnetske indukcije. Kompenziranim naprednim detektorom metala smanjili bi se lažno pozitivni nalazi detektora metala u humanitarnom razminiranju čime bi se postupak razminiranja učinio bržim, jeftinijim i manje napornim za operatera. Projekt se nastavlja na istraživanja grupe sa Sveučilišta u Manchesteru s kojom se planira i zajednička eksperimentalna evaluacija rješenja u suradnji s Hrvatskim centrom za razminiranje – Centrom za testiranje, istraživanje i obuku.  



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