Comparative Evaluation of Three Wireless Sensor Network Transceivers in a High Radiation Environment
University of Western Ontario
Published online: 20 January 2020
This paper presents on the results of radiation studies for three commonly used wireless sensor nodes based on the following protocols: ZigBee, WirelessHART, ISA 100.11a, and network devices built with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The level of radiation considered is at par with that experienced at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the accident. An experimental setup is developed to monitor behaviors of each wireless device and network real-time under the 60Co gamma radiator at The Ohio State University Nuclear Reactor Lab (OSU-NRL). The experimental results have indicated that the performance of the communication channels and wireless signal parameters do not degrade significant under such radiation. However, all the tested devices and networks can only survive for several hours under the high dose rate condition (20 K Rad/h). The results of these experimental studies have provided useful references to those who design and manufacture COTS-based wireless monitoring systems for use in high level radiation environments.
Key words: Total dose test / industrial wireless sensor networks / rad-hardened / severe accident / nuclear power plant
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