Determination of soil moisture based on an improved sensor design using time domain transmission measurements

Bianca Will, Michael Gerding, Thomas Musch, Ilona Rolfes

41st European Microwave Conference (EuMC), pp. 218 - 221, Manchester, United Kingdom, Oct 10-13, 2011


Delay time measurements, e.g. time domain reflec-tometry (TDR), are a well-established method for the measurement of permittivity in various materials, especially soils [1]. However, common measurement systems only provide an average value of the dielectric constant along the length of the TDR sensor. Furthermore the accuracy offered by common TDR measurements is limited due to multiple reflections caused by the material under test. This contribution deals with a new sensor design for the characterization of soil moisture using time domain transmission (TDT) measurements. The basis of the advanced TDT technique is a new waveguide concept, which offers the possibility to perform transmission measurements in soils. Thus multiple reflections along the waveguide do not influence the measurement accuracy. By using a so-called ”concentric reversion coupler” TDT measurements can be performed without a measuring port at the end of the sensor.

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Tags: Permittivity, TDR, various materials