I want to look into the possibility’s to measure the ice thickness without destroying the ice. And make it mobile and light, so it saves me and my colleges a wet suit ones in a while. It should also be able to measure realtime and transmit the ice thickness and location. It should give us as icemasters a better overview on the thickness of the ice on the whole route. Till now we only measure on spots were we think we get a average of the thickness on the whole route. And we measure on spots where we know the ice is thin.
So, the measured travel time in a few inches of ice will be a few microseconds. This will require some work to time with the Arduino board. Also, the transceiver will need to be a higher frequency than the normal hobby-style transceiver, around 5 MHz.
This looks like something i want to make. It’s not open, and there is hardly any documentation on how it work. But from what i got from their website it’s based on UWBS (ultra wide band signals).
Ice meter Picor-Ice is a device for contactless measurement of ice thickness, snow in real time at a point, in motion, control of the safety of movement over frozen reservoirs.
Henk Buursen has made this project