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The results of an evaluation of the detection performance for 29 commercial off the shelf (COTS) metal detectors, against a range of low-metal-content anti-personnel mines and some simulant targets, are described in this report. This work was undertaken by organizations from four nations together with the European Commission, in the International Pilot Project for Technology Co-operation (IPPTC) in the Humanitarian Demining R&D environment.
This report gives a summary of the methodologies and results. Detectors were assessed for performance in air; in a range of soils; and in realistic demining scenarios in Cambodia and Croatia. In addition, the human factors aspect relating to the use of each detector was assessed.
The in-air tests included measurement of sensitivity, drift with time, effect of moisture on the detector head, the assessment of the possibility to set-up the detector consistently and measurement of the sensitivity volume relative to the sensor head. In-soil tests provide comparison of performance in four different soil types under care- fully controlled conditions. The measurements in Cambodia and Croatia allow comparison of performance measured under laboratory conditions with that achieved by deminers in field conditions.
A two-page summary of performance is provided for each detector. A strong correlation was observed between the values for the magnetic susceptibility of the soil and the performance achieved by operational metal detectors. This suggests that such measurements should be a part of Level Two Surveys of suspected mined areas.
References are given to the reports of the full assessments made by the participants and to relevant test protocol documents. ts.

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Authors: DAS Y, Defense Research Establishment (CA);DEAN J.T, Defense Research Establishment (CA);LEWIS D, Defense Research Establishment (CA);ROOSENBOOM J.H.J, Defense Research Establishment (CA);ZAHACZEWSKY G (EDITORS), Defense Research Establishment (CA)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19719 EN (2001), pp.125. Euro: Free of charge
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