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Application of the TDR Soil Moisture Sensor for Terramechanical Research

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka 36, 20-618 Lublin, Poland
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This paper is an extended version of the conference paper presented at the 12th ISEMA Conference in Lublin, Poland, in June 2018. Pytka, J.; Śliczniak, T.; Gnapowski, E. Application of A Handheld TDR Meter for Terramechanical Research. In Proceedings of the 12th IEEE ISEMA Conference 2018, Lublin, Poland, 4–7 June 2018.
Sensors 2019, 19(9), 2116; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19092116
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 24 April 2019 / Accepted: 2 May 2019 / Published: 7 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from ISEMA 2018)
This paper presents examples of the application of the TDR (Time-Domain Reflectometry) sensor in terramechanical research. Examples include the determination of soil moisture content during off-road vehicle mobility tests, the determination of snow density before and after the wheeling of a snow grooming machine and an airplane, as well as the monitoring of turf moisture on a grassy airfield for the analysis and prediction of safe and efficient flight operations (takeoff and landing). A handheld TDR meter was used in these experiments. Soil moisture data were correlated with the vehicle mobility index and a simple model for this correlation was derived. Using grassy airfield research, soil moisture data were related to meteorological impacts (precipitation, sunlight, etc.). Generally, it was concluded that the TDR meter, in its handheld version, was a useful tool in the performed research, but a field sensor that operates autonomically would be an optimal solution for the subject applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: TDR sensor; soil moisture; terramechanics; wheel-soil interaction; vehicle mobility; snow density; grassy airfields. TDR sensor; soil moisture; terramechanics; wheel-soil interaction; vehicle mobility; snow density; grassy airfields.
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Pytka, J.; Budzyński, P.; Kamiński, M.; Łyszczyk, T.; Józwik, J. Application of the TDR Soil Moisture Sensor for Terramechanical Research. Sensors 2019, 19, 2116.

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Pytka J, Budzyński P, Kamiński M, Łyszczyk T, Józwik J. Application of the TDR Soil Moisture Sensor for Terramechanical Research. Sensors. 2019; 19(9):2116.

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Pytka, Jarosław; Budzyński, Piotr; Kamiński, Mariusz; Łyszczyk, Tomasz; Józwik, Jerzy. 2019. "Application of the TDR Soil Moisture Sensor for Terramechanical Research" Sensors 19, no. 9: 2116.

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