Lightning: Seismic Vibrator from Seismic Mechatronics
The Lightning is an electric seismic vibrating source ideal for shallow (200m) geological exploration and engineering projects. The electric actuator is positioned within the source plate and can be rotated through 90º in order to generate shear (S) and primary compression (P) waves. Powered from a 48VDC battery bank or 230V power supply the Lightning can be deployed to suit the constraints of the survey area.
For larger area coverage the lightning can be fitted to an electric lift mounted to the front or rear of a vehicle, via a standard tow hitch. When mounted on an ATV the lightning can access even the most remote locations. The lift will also apply addition load to the source plate enhancing ground coupling.
In urban areas where, vehicle access is restricted, the system can be deployed on an electric trolley. With an electric drive motor and mount for the electronics and battery module the trolley can be manoeuvred by a single operator. The concept has been further developed into a full remote control vehicle deployment for use in mines and tunnels.
For sites constrained by surface furniture (railings, dust bins, lamp posts etc.…) the source plate can be positioned use a hand trolley and loaded with blast.
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