Modelling Arbitrary Complex Dielectric Properties – an automated implementation for gprMax

Majchrowska, Sylwia, Giannakis, Iraklis, Warren, Craig and Giannopoulos, Antonios (2021) Modelling Arbitrary Complex Dielectric Properties – an automated implementation for gprMax. In: 2021 11th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar (IWAGPR). IEEE, Piscataway, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781665446624, 9781665422536

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There is a need to accurately simulate materials with complex electromagnetic properties when modelling Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), as many objects encountered with GPR contain water, e.g. soils, curing concrete, and water-filled pipes. One of widely-used open-source software that simulates electromagnetic wave propagation is gprMax. It uses Yee’s algorithm to solve Maxwell’s equations with the Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) method. A significant drawback of the FDTD method is the limited ability to model materials with dispersive properties, currently narrowed to specific set of relaxation mechanisms, namely multi-Debye, Drude and Lorentz media. Consequently, modelling any arbitrary complex material should be done by approximating it as a combination of these functions. This paper describes work carried out as part of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) programme 2021 to develop a new module within gprMax that can be used to simulate complex dispersive materials using multi-Debye expansions in an automatic manner. The module is capable of modelling Havriliak-Negami, Cole-Cole, Cole-Davidson, Jonscher, Complex-Refractive Index Models, and indeed any arbitrary dispersive material with real and imaginary permittivity specified by the user.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Funding information: The project was funded via Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2021 programme. GSoC initiative is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Havriliak-Negami, Cole-Cole, FDTD, Jonsher, multi-Debye, Electrodynamics, GPR
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
G600 Software Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 16:11
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 16:15

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