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Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 523164, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/523164
Research Article

The Compensation Method of Vehicle Magnetic Interference for the Magnetic Gradiometer

1Department of Control Engineering, Naval Aeronautical and Astronautical University, Yantai 264001, China
2Naval Unit 92474, Sanya 572098, China

Received 10 October 2013; Accepted 22 December 2013

Academic Editor: Shao-Ming Fei

Copyright © 2013 Junwei Lv et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The magnetic interference of vehicle imposes a strong influence on the magnetic gradiometer. Based on the mechanism of the vehicle magnetic interference, we firstly use the difference algorithm of the magnetic gradient tensor to fuse the magnetic interference of each vector magnetometer and establish a mathematical model of vehicle magnetic interference for the magnetic gradiometer. Next, we propose a compensation method for the vehicle magnetic interference and a recognition method for the estimation of compensation coefficients based on this mathematical model. The simulation results show that the proposed method can compensate as much as 96.2% of the vehicle magnetic interference efficiently.

1. Introduction

The magnetic gradiometer onboard Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for underwater object detection is attracting particular interest in recent years for its advantages in remote control and autonomous operation. The magnetic gradiometer is constructed by three spatial derivatives along orthogonal directions and a magnetic gradient is measured as the difference between two magnetic readings at different locations. The magnetic gradiometer formed by fluxgate magnetometers has several advantages such as small size and low power with relatively high sensitivity. Gradiometer has also the advantage of rejecting unwanted long-range environmental noise sources. Various critical techniques have been developed and demonstrated [13].

It is inevitable that the magnetic gradiometer is influenced by the magnetic interference of vehicle, which mainly includes the induced magnetic field and the permanent magnetic field of vehicle [47]. So it is necessary to compensate this interference. Bono et al. studied on magnetic interference of the magnetic gradiometer onboard the UUV and proposed a scheme for the compensation of vehicle magnetic interference [8]. Keene et al. developed a Superconductivity Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) gradiometer system that used active shielding and an adaptive signal processing algorithm to eliminate magnetic interference [9], but he did not expound the compensation algorithm of vehicle magnetic interference. Pei and Yeo developed a prototype magnetic gradiometer onboard UUV for magnetic detection of underwater objects, which was housed in a plastic nose cone consisting of four fluxgate magnetometers, and one of the magnetometers served as the reference reading to the earth magnetic fields and was used to compensate the platform magnetic interference of other magnetometers [10, 11]. However this method did not consider the platform interference of the reference magnetometer.

The objective of this paper is to compensate vehicle magnetic interference for the magnetic gradiometer; we firstly propose a mathematical model of vehicle magnetic interference by using the difference algorithm of the magnetic gradient tensor to fuse the magnetic interference of each vector magnetometer and then we propose a compensation method for the vehicle magnetic interference and a recognition method for the estimation of the compensation coefficients. This method uses one of the magnetometers to serve as the reference and take into consideration the vehicle magnetic interference, so it can compensate the vehicle magnetic interference of the magnetic gradiometer theoretically. Finally, numerical simulations are carried out to show the effectiveness of the proposed compensation method.

2. Preliminaries of Magnetic Gradient Tensor

The magnetic gradient tensor is space variation rate in the , , directions of total magnetic field , which is defined as

In general, the curl and the divergence of the magnetic field vanish outside the magnetic sources. So the relations of the nine gradients are expressed as

The magnetic gradiometer is composed of four vector magnetometers and their observations are , which is described by where is the difference between the components of the th and the first magnetometer and is the distance between the th and the first magnetometer [12].

Suppose , . From (3), we derive where the matrix is the distance matrix of (3). The magnetic gradient tensor is expressed as

Equation (5) is the difference algorithm of the magnetic gradient tensor.

3. Mathematical Model of Vehicle Magnetic Interference

In the process of vehicle movement, the material of vehicle can generate much magnetic interference, such as permanent field and induced field, which can impose influence on the measurement accuracy of magnetometer. The permanent field of vehicle is generated by the magnetization of the hard magnetic material. Because the hard magnetic material has high coercivity, the permanent field can be kept for a long time. Since the magnetometer and the hard magnetic material are fixedly connected on the vehicle, no matter how the vehicle posture changes, the vector magnetometer measurement of the permanent magnetic field is a constant. The induced magnetic field is generated by the magnetization of the soft magnetic material of the vehicle. The soft magnetic material has low coercivity, so the induced magnetic field changes with the external magnetic field [13, 14]. The magnitude and direction of the induced magnetic field are associated with the posture and position of the vehicle. Three axes of the vector magnetometer are denoted as -, -, and -axes of the coordinate system of vehicle. The permanent magnetic field of vehicle can be shown as . Based on the Poisson equation, the induced magnetic field of vehicle is expressed as where is the background field, is the induced coefficient matrix of the vehicle, and .

By analyzing the permanent and induced magnetic field, the observation of the vector magnetometer is expressed as where is the actual magnetic field. The observation of the th vector magnetometer of the magnetic gradiometer can be obtained from (7): where is the induced coefficient matrix of the th vector magnetometer and is the permanent magnetic field of the th vector magnetometer. So the difference between the observation of the th and the first magnetometer is expressed as where

Based on the difference algorithm of the magnetic gradient tensor (5), the observation of the magnetic gradiometer is expressed as where is the actual data of the magnetic gradient tensor. And the vehicle magnetic interference is expressed as

Equation (12) is the mathematical model of the vehicle magnetic interference.

4. Compensation Method of Vehicle Magnetic Interference

One of the magnetometers with the maximum distance from the UUV magnetic interference can serve as the reference reading to the background field [10, 11]. But the reference magnetometer is also influenced by vehicle magnetic interference. We take into consideration the interference of the reference magnetometer, and the background field can be expressed by the actual magnetic field of the reference:

The first magnetometer serves as the reference in (13). Substituting (13) into (9), can be expressed as where and are constant matrices. The observation of the magnetic gradient tensor can be expressed as where , , and can be expressed as

The vehicle magnetic interference is the measurement error, and it can be expressed by

The actual data of the magnetic gradient tensor can be written as

Equation (18) is the compensation algorithm of the vehicle magnetic interference. and are compensation coefficient matrices, and , are the output of the magnetic gradiometer. In theory, (18) can be used to compensate the vehicle magnetic interference after the estimation of compensation coefficient matrices and .

5. Estimation of Compensation Coefficient Matrices

The magnetic gradient tensor after the compensation of magnetic interference should satisfy (2). The relation of the components of and can be obtained from the following:

We denote

The estimate of the compensation coefficient matrices and can be taken as the function optimization, and it can be expressed as

The value range of the components of compensation coefficient matrices and of ordinary vehicles is , . This paper proposed Genetic Algorithms (GA) method to calculate the function optimization, and the parameters of GA are chosen as follows: group size , the gene length of the variate , the coping probability , the crossover probability , and the mutation probability .

6. Numerical Simulations

6.1. Coefficients of Vehicle Magnetic Interference

Suppose that the vehicle carries a trirectangular tetrahedron magnetic gradiometer and the induced coefficient matrix and the permanent magnetic field of the vector magnetometers of magnetic gradiometer are chosen as [13]

6.2. Simulations Results

The magnetic gradiometer is used to measure the field of magnetic target which can be considered as magnetic dipole. The process of simulations is as follows.(1)The origin values of magnetic gradient tensor are simulated by the mathematics model of magnetic dipole.

(2)Based on the mathematics model of vehicle magnetic interference, 150 groups of and are simulated.

(3)Based on the estimation method of compensation coefficients, the compensation coefficient matrices and are estimated by 50 groups of and :(4)The proposed compensation algorithm and the compensation coefficient matrices and are used to compensate the error of the other 100 groups and obtain the estimations . The partial results of simulations are shown in Table 1.

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Table 1: The results of magnetic interference compensation simulations.

The statistics of the simulation results show that the proposed method can compensate 96.2% vehicle magnetic interference, so the compensation method is efficient for the magnetic gradiometer.

7. Conclusion

Based on the study of the mechanism of the vehicle magnetic interference, we proposed a mathematical model of vehicle magnetic interference by using the difference algorithm of the magnetic gradient tensor to fuse the magnetic interference of each vector magnetometer and proposed the compensation method of the vehicle magnetic interference and the recognition method of the compensation coefficients. This method can compensate the vehicle magnetic interference of the magnetic gradiometer theoretically. The results of simulation show that the proposed method can compensate the 96.2% vehicle magnetic interference efficiently. However, it is hard to gain high precision due to the existence of so many unknown parameters in the compensation coefficients. In future works we plan to seek for other optimization algorithms to estimate the compensation coefficients and to improve the compensation of the vehicle magnetic interference.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank J. Yuan, for technical assistance, and B. L. Geng and J. F. Gai, for discussions and help with the ocean remote sensing center.

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