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Vol. 158, Issue 11, November 2013, pp. 27-32




Mechanism Analysis and Simulation of Coplanar Multi-Electrode Capacitive Ice Thickness Measuring Sensor
1 Dou YINKE, 2 Chang XIAOMIN

1 College Electric and Power Engineering of Taiyuan University of Technology, 030024, Tai Yuan, China

2 Key Laboratory of Advanced Transducers and Intelligent Control System, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, 030024, China
E-mail: douyinke@yeah.net


Received: 10 September 2013   /Accepted: 25 October 2013   /Published: 30 November 2013

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: In this paper, we use the coplanar multi-electrode for designing a rod-shaped sensor for measuring the ice thickness. In order to analyze and study mechanism and feasibility of ice thickness measurements using this technique, we use modes of mathematical model derivation and software simulation to study coplanar multi-electrode capacitance sensors. It uses MAXWELL software to simulate the coplanar multi-electrode capacitance sensor under the models which are being approached by three different media, namely ice, air and water. Both mathematical model derivation and simulation results show that the sensor designed with coplanar multi-electrode capacitance can be used to level the automated measurement of sea ice or river ice thickness. The accuracy is 1 cm.


Keywords: Coplanar multi-electrode capacitive, Simulation, Ice thickness, Simulation, Sensor.


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