3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering & Seismology
We are pleased to announce that Geobit is exhibiting at 3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, 4-9 September. We welcome you to visit our booth, to meet our team and learn about our new upcoming instruments and technologies. We will also be available to answer your questions. You can watch our poster presentations on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th of September.
The European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology is being held 4–9 September 2022 in Bucharest, Romania.
We hope to see you there!
Geobit’s poster presentation schedule
Poster number: 9352
Turning a linear geometry force balance accelerometer to a broad-band seismometer: Design, modelling, and evaluation
- Presentation: Nikos Germenis
- Date: Mon, 5 Sep.
Geo-S120 Broadband Seismometer
Abstract: In this work we present a prototype broadband seismometer which is based on a previously designed force-balance accelerometer. The mechanical system has been redesigned to meet the required self-noise levels of the system and the electronic part has been modified in a way to produce velocity output providing the desired sensitivity. The mechanical part has been extensively simulated and adjusted for having the main oscillation mode frequency into the desired recording band and having all other oscillation modes frequencies far outside the used recording band. The electronic part has been carefully designed towards very low electronic noise, which in addition with the mechanical system noise, will result in a total sensor self-noise level, lower the New Low Noise Model (NLNM) in a wide band range. The sensor has been extensively tested and compared against a commercial seismometer, with similar specifications in terms of self-noise. The experiment proved that the new prototype sensor performed equally to the reference unit. The new design offers a simpler sensor at a lower cost.
Poster number: 1955
A new force balance accelerograph for earthquake and structural monitoring based on a linear geometry accelerometer.
- Presentation: Nikos Germenis
- Date: Wed, 7 Sep.
Abstract: In this work we present a new force balance accelerograph which uses three similar acceleration sensors, one per axis. The sensors are based on a linear geometry mechanical system, made mostly by common commercially used materials and typical FR4 printed circuit boards. The mechanical system uses a double force actuator to provide symmetrical axial feedback force to the seismic mass. The signal of the three sensors goes to a high resolution 32bits ADC digitizer with an open Linux operating system that makes it ideal for local and remote seismic monitoring applications. The mechanical system of the sensor has been extensively simulated for having its main oscillation mode frequency into its recording band and all other oscillation modes frequencies far outside the recording band. Extensive parametric analysis of the seismic mass supporting spring resulted that the optimal spring shape is the ellipsoidal. The feedback electronic circuit has been carefully designed towards very low electronic noise, which in addition with the mechanical system noise, will result in a total sensor self-noise level, lower the Accelerometer Low Noise Model (ALNM). The digitizer supports seedlink encoding real time data streaming and local storage through locally running open-source components ported on an ARM Linux board. The accelerograph tested and compared against a commercial accelerometer and provided a similar performance in terms of noise level and recording bandwidth. The new design offers a simpler sensor at a lower cost.
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