Modelling of microwave interaction with porous media

The way in which microwave signals transit and interact with porous media with differing internal and boundary conditions is of great interest to energy sector asset integrity inspection.
Examples are:
• Concrete degradation for critical infrastructure
• Delamination and fluid ingress within wind turbine blade structures
Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Radar has been shown to penetrate low dielectric structures and return distinct signal contrasts for differing defects. Matching acquired data with models of microwave interaction with internal assets structures is the goal.

The student will produce;
1. A position paper or literature review on the state of the art in microwave sensing for energy sector asset integrity
2. A presentation on modelling performed and the code generated to align the model with the real-world data
3. A report on the correlation between the theory/model and observed data analysis

Other Comments: 

Essential skills and knowledge: Knowledge of Programming and Modelling Software (COMSOL), and Proficiency in Electrical Engineering
Desirable skills and knowledge: Understanding of EM physics and FMCW systems

Supervisor name: 
Professor David Flynn
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses:
Deputy name: 
Dr Jamie Blanche