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dc.contributor.advisorZheng, Rong
dc.creatorKailaswar, Sai Shiva 1989-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-21T18:13:41Z
dc.date.available2014-11-21T18:13:41Z
dc.date.createdAugust 2012
dc.date.issued2012-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/768
dc.description.abstractStructural Health Monitoring plays a vital role in improving the safety and maintainability of critical engineering structures. A network comprised of Piezo-electric sensors and actuators has been devised to monitor the condition of concrete structures. A feasible data communication mechanism for sensor networks is needed to ensure effective transmission of information regarding the structural health conditions from sensor nodes to the central processing unit. This thesis work lays the foundation toward designing a communication system using stress waves modulated with information inside concrete structure. The following tasks are essential in designing an effective communication system, namely, i) measurements of concrete channel response, ii) measurements of different modulation schemes, and iii) the design of receiver amplifier based on Automatic gain control technique. The proposed solution utilizes GNU Radio, a software development toolkit to implement different modulation schemes and Universal Software Radio Peripheral to connect the hardware (concrete channel) with software-defined radios.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectstructural health monitoring
dc.subjectautomatic gain control
dc.subjectcommunication system design
dc.subjectUSRP2
dc.subjectBER
dc.subjectSNR
dc.subjectLFRX and LFTX daughterboard
dc.subjectRF amplifier
dc.subjectGNU Radio
dc.subjectPython
dc.subject.lcshElectrical engineering
dc.titleAn Empirical characterization of concrete channel and modulation schemes with piezoelectric transducers based transceivers
dc.date.updated2014-11-21T18:13:41Z
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Electrical Engineering
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.departmentElectrical and Computer Engineering
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHan, Zhu
dc.contributor.committeeMemberChen, Yuhua
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.description.departmentElectrical and Computer Engineering
thesis.degree.collegeCullen College of Engineering


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