Design and Implementation of an Arduino-Based Plug-and-Play Acquisition System for Seismic Noise Measurements

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Title: Design and Implementation of an Arduino-Based Plug-and-Play Acquisition System for Seismic Noise Measurements
Authors: Soler Llorens, Juan Luis | Galiana-Merino, Juan José | Benabdeloued, Nassim Youcef Boualem | Rosa Cintas, Sergio | Ortiz Zamora, Javier | Giner Caturla, José Juan
Research Group/s: Grupo de Ingeniería y Riesgo Sísmico (GIRS) | Didáctica de las Ciencias y la Tecnología
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra y del Medio Ambiente | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Física Aplicada a las Ciencias y las Tecnologías
Keywords: Seismic noise | Data acquisition | H/V method | Array measurements | Arduino Due | Open-source system
Knowledge Area: Física de la Tierra | Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones | Didáctica de las Ciencias Experimentales | Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Soler-Llorens JL, Galiana-Merino JJ, Nassim-Benabdeloued BY, Rosa-Cintas S, Ortiz Zamora J, Giner-Caturla JJ. Design and Implementation of an Arduino-Based Plug-and-Play Acquisition System for Seismic Noise Measurements. Electronics. 2019; 8(9):1035. doi:10.3390/electronics8091035
Abstract: The analysis of seismic noise provides a reliable estimation of the soil properties, which supposes the starting point for the assessment of the seismic hazard. The horizontal-to-vertical spectral ratio technique calculates the resonant frequency of the soil just by using a single three-component sensor. Array measurements require at least several vertical sensors registering simultaneously and their analysis provides an estimation of the surface waves dispersion curve. Although these methods are relatively cheaper than other geotechnical techniques, the cost of the sensors and the multi-channel data acquisition system means that small research groups cannot afford this kind of equipment. In this work, two prototypes for registering seismic noise have been developed and implemented: a three-channel acquisition system, optimized for working with three-component sensors; and a twelve-channel acquisition system, prepared for working simultaneously with twelve vertical geophones. Both prototypes are characterized by being open-hardware, open-software, easy to implement, and low-cost. The main aim is to provide a data acquisition system that can be reproduced and applied by any research group. Both developed prototypes have been tested and compared with other commercial equipment, showing their suitability to register seismic noise and to estimate the soil characteristics.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad (grant number CGL2016-77688-R AEI/FEDER, UE); Spanish MINECO and European funds under project EPILATES (grant number CGL2015.65602-R); and Regional Government of Comunidad Valenciana (Spain) (grant number AICO/2016/098).
ISSN: 2079-9292
DOI: 10.3390/electronics8091035
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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