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Research project: Working with Network Rail to develop sensors to determine embankment stability

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The project aims to evaluate the use of thick film sensors for monitoring soil porosity and conductivity and investigate whether these measurements can then be used for the determination of rail embankment stability. A major aim of the project is to develop rugged low cost sensor arrays that are cheap enough to be used for deployment in large numbers along rail embankments and other soil structures to give early an indication of possible instability. This will also involve the development of low cost electronic instrumentation that is sufficiently robust to survive unattended for long periods of time in what can be a very harsh environment.


  • Evaluation of use of thick film (screen printed) sensor arrays for monitoring of soil porosity and determination of rail embankment stability
  • Project aim is to develop rugged low cost sensor arrays that can be used for deployment along rail embankments and other soil structures to give early indication of possible instability.
Laboratory Experimental Setup for Soil monitoring
Laboratory Experimental Setup
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