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Research project: Thick-Film Underground Sensors

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Aims the design, manufacture, interface design, characterization through laboratory experiments and in-field deployment of the sensing system. Main sensing soil parameters are pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and humidity. Plans are also to sense nitrates and conductivity.

The project is a part of an interdisciplinary project called FUSE(Floodplain Underground SEnsors). The investigation aims to the modelling of the mechanisms involved in the Oxford Floodplain for the so unique flora. Satellite images and weather condition monitoring as well as soil parameters are investigated. This part of the project is to design, manufacture, interface design, characterization through laboratory experiments and in-field application of a multisensor array to monitor soil parameters. The sensor design and fabrication is using Screen Printing Thick-Film Technology due to the low cost and ruggedness. Lowering the cost will allow for a denser sensing network producing more reliable and complete results.

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