Utilizing wave polarization in microwave characterization of heterogeneous anisotropic materials with application to the wood industry


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International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems

Professor Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay

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VOLUME 7 , ISSUE 5 (December 2014) > List of articles

Special issue ICST 2014

Utilizing wave polarization in microwave characterization of heterogeneous anisotropic materials with application to the wood industry

Mirjana Bogosanović / Grant Emms

Keywords : Non-destructive testing, free-space microwave transmission measurement, polarization, heterogeneous media, wood, moisture content, density

Citation Information : International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. Volume 7, Issue 5, Pages 1-6, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/ijssis-2019-040

License : (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Published Online: 15-February-2020



This paper presents a novel approach to microwave non-contact, non-destructive testing of wood, investigating additional indicators of wood structure, in particular the significance of wave polarization in transmission measurements. Contribution of wave polarization to wood characterization is studied, considering detection of rapid and gradual variations in wood structure, determination of moisture content and density distribution along the sample, as well as bulk properties detection. A set of microwave sensors in a collinear arrangement was used in two orthogonal linear polarizations. Significant findings are reported, in particular polarization dependence of moisture related attenuation, as well as improved defect detection accuracy when measurements in two orthogonal linear polarizations are considered. In addition, sorting wood samples into categories is considered and the advantages of this approach are presented.

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