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Detecting changes in sediment overburden using distributed temperature sensing – an experimental and numerical study

Rui, Y and Hird, R and Yin, M and Soga, K Detecting changes in sediment overburden using distributed temperature sensing – an experimental and numerical study. Marine Geophysical Research. ISSN 1573-0581 (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Fibre optic cables can be used as sensors to monitor temperature changes through the analysis of back scattered light. This can be linked to changes in the ambient conditions surrounding the fibre optic cable. Active distributed temperature sensing relies on an external heat source relative to the fibre optic cable to measure the properties of, and changes in, the surrounding medium. An experiment was conducted using distributed temperature sensing technology to monitor changes in sediment overburden for the purpose of determining whether scour could be measured above buried power cables containing fibre optic cables. Fibre optic cables were buried in a channel containing saturated sand and water with an external heat source. The depth of overburden sediment above the fibre optic cables was reduced, whilst the associated temperature response along the fibre optic cable was monitored. The data was matched to a finite element model so that the heat transfer taking place could be simulated and then the thermal conductivity of the soil modified to observe the potential changes in heat detected by the fibre optic cables. This paper explains the characteristics of heat transfer from an active heat source to the surrounding soil medium providing a means to translate the temperature measurement to the associated overburden thickness and to model the same response in different materials.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 20:06
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 11:51
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