Year of Publication

2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Engineering

Department

Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Michael E. Kalinski

Abstract

Herein, conceptualization of a recently patented seismic borehole receiver and its components is developed for commercialization. The device is significantly cheaper, lighter, and smaller than existing technologies on the market. Additionally, it has the potential to achieve better seismic readings than its competitors via patented sensor-to-borehole coupling mechanism. It is the hope that the commercialization of this device will not only provide a more affordable alternative to engineers and geophysicists in the existing market, but the significant cost difference may open new seismic measurement opportunities in the developing world. Its compact size and light weight will increase mobility, allowing investigators to conduct surveys where previously deemed infeasible. Many impoverished states in regions of high seismicity lack the seismic data this and other such devices can provide. This data has been crucial to infrastructure advancements and public safety in seismic hazard areas of the developed world, yet the technology used to ascertain it is inaccessible in the developing world due to cost and availability. This thesis will outline the potential impact of the device, review governing seismic wave behavior and the current state of the seismic measurement field, as well as outline the components, development, and future development of the instrument.

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