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Title Driving of Underground SAW Temperature Sensor System Using Magnetic Energy and Its Wireless Measurement System Development
Authors 김시혁(SiHyeok Kim) ; 이기근(Keekeun Lee)
Page pp.1129-1136
ISSN 1975-8359
Keywords Underground wireless communication; Magnetic antenna; Magnetic field; Surface acoustic wave; Temperature sensor; Resonator
Abstract A wireless underground sensor system was developed based on magnetic antennas and surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator to monitor temperature variations around buried utilities. A~250 MHz magnetic antenna generates a SAW along the piezoelectric substrate, and the returned SAW energy owing to the reflection bars on the sensor is reconverted to magnetic flux by the sensor’s interdigital transducer (IDT) and subsequently transmitted to a reader via magnetic antenna. By observing changes in the center frequency of the SAW sensor with temperature, we were able to monitor the underground temperature variations in real time.
Temperature sensor was fabricated on a 128o YX LiNbO3. In soil testing, a long readout distance was observed. The temperature sensors provided stable performance in terms of underground temperature changes, soil type, and soil compactness. The sensitivity and linearity for the sensor was 0.3 MHz/℃ and 0.96, respectively.