EM: TDEM: Permeable Target, Inductive Source

In this example, we demonstrate 2 approaches for simulating TDEM data when a permeable target is present in the simulation domain. In the first, we use a step-on waveform (QuarterSineRampOnWaveform) and look at the magnetic flux at a late on-time. In the second, we solve the magnetostatic problem to compute the initial magnetic flux so that a step-off waveform may be used.

A cylindrically symmetric mesh is employed and a circular loop source is used

import discretize
from discretize import utils
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.colors import LogNorm
from scipy.constants import mu_0
from pymatsolver import Pardiso
import time

from SimPEG.EM import TDEM
from SimPEG import Utils, Maps, Versions

Model Parameters

Here, we define our simulation parameters. The target has a relative permeability of 100 \(\mu_0\)

target_mur = 100  # permeability of the target
target_l = 500  # length of target
target_r = 50  # radius of the target

sigma_back = 1e-5  # conductivity of the background

radius_loop = 100  # radius of the transmitter loop


Next, we create a cylindrically symmteric tensor mesh

csx = 5.  # core cell size in the x-direction
csz = 5.  # core cell size in the z-direction
domainx = 100  # use a uniform cell size out to a radius of 100m

# padding parameters
npadx, npadz = 15, 15  # number of padding cells
pfx = 1.4  # expansion factor for the padding to infinity in the x-direction
pfz = 1.4  # expansion factor for the padding to infinity in the z-direction

ncz = int(target_l/csz)  # number of z cells in the core region

# create the cyl mesh
mesh = discretize.CylMesh([
    [(csx, int(domainx/csx)), (csx, npadx, pfx)],
    [(csz, npadz, -pfz), (csz, ncz), (csz, npadz, pfz)]

# put the origin at the top of the target
mesh.x0 = [0, 0, -mesh.hz[:npadz + ncz].sum()]

# plot the mesh


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Assign physical properties on the mesh

mur_model = np.ones(mesh.nC)

# find the indices of the target
x_inds = mesh.gridCC[:, 0] < target_r
z_inds = (mesh.gridCC[:, 2] <= 0) & (mesh.gridCC[:, 2] >= -target_l)

mur_model[x_inds & z_inds] = target_mur
mu_model = mu_0 * mur_model

sigma = np.ones(mesh.nC) * sigma_back

Plot the models

xlim = np.r_[-200, 200]  # x-limits in meters
zlim = np.r_[-1.5*target_l, 10.]  # z-limits in meters. (z-positive up)

fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(6, 5))

# plot the permeability
    mur_model, ax=ax,
    pcolorOpts={'norm': LogNorm()},  # plot on a log-scale
)[0], ax=ax)
ax.plot(np.r_[radius_loop], np.r_[0.], 'wo', markersize=8)
ax.plot(np.r_[-radius_loop], np.r_[0.], 'wx', markersize=8)

ax.set_title("Relative permeability", fontsize=13)


(-750.0, 10.0)

Waveform for the Long On-Time Simulation

Here, we define our time-steps for the simulation where we will use a waveform with a long on-time to reach a steady-state magnetic field and define a quarter-sine ramp-on waveform as our transmitter waveform

ramp = [
    (1e-5, 20), (1e-4, 20), (3e-4, 20), (1e-3, 20), (3e-3, 20), (1e-2, 20),
    (3e-2, 20), (1e-1, 20), (3e-1, 20), (1,  50)
time_mesh = discretize.TensorMesh([ramp])

# define an off time past when we will simulate to keep the transmitter on
offTime = 100
quarter_sine = TDEM.Src.QuarterSineRampOnWaveform(
    ramp_on=np.r_[0., 3], ramp_off= offTime - np.r_[1., 0]

# evaluate the waveform at each time in the simulation
quarter_sine_plt = [quarter_sine.eval(t) for t in time_mesh.gridN]

fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(6, 4))
ax.plot(time_mesh.gridN, quarter_sine_plt)
ax.plot(time_mesh.gridN, np.zeros(time_mesh.nN), 'k|', markersize=2)
ax.set_title('quarter sine waveform')


Text(0.5, 1.0, 'quarter sine waveform')

Sources for the 2 simulations

We use two sources, one for the magnetostatic simulation and one for the ramp on simulation.

# For the magnetostatic simulation. The default waveform is a step-off
src_magnetostatic = TDEM.Src.CircularLoop(
    [], loc=np.r_[0., 0., 0.], orientation="z", radius=100,

# For the long on-time simulation. We use the ramp-on waveform
src_ramp_on = TDEM.Src.CircularLoop(
    [], loc=np.r_[0., 0., 0.], orientation="z", radius=100,

src_list_magnetostatic = [src_magnetostatic]
src_list_ramp_on = [src_ramp_on]

Create the simulations

To simulate magnetic flux data, we use the b-formulation of Maxwell’s equations

prob_magnetostatic = TDEM.Problem3D_b(
    mesh=mesh, sigmaMap=Maps.IdentityMap(mesh), timeSteps=ramp,
prob_ramp_on = TDEM.Problem3D_b(
    mesh=mesh, sigmaMap=Maps.IdentityMap(mesh), timeSteps=ramp,

survey_magnetostatic = TDEM.Survey(srcList=src_list_magnetostatic)
survey_ramp_on = TDEM.Survey(src_list_ramp_on)


Run the long on-time simulation

t = time.time()
print('--- Running Long On-Time Simulation ---')

prob_ramp_on.mu = mu_model
fields = prob_ramp_on.fields(sigma)

print(" ... done. Elapsed time {}".format(time.time() - t))

# grab the last time-step in the simulation
b_ramp_on = utils.mkvc(fields[:, 'b', -1])


--- Running Long On-Time Simulation ---
 ... done. Elapsed time 2.276693105697632

Compute Magnetostatic Fields from the step-off source

prob_magnetostatic.mu = mu_model
prob_magnetostatic.model = sigma
b_magnetostatic = src_magnetostatic.bInitial(prob_magnetostatic)

Plot the results

def plotBFieldResults(
    ax=None, clim_min=None, clim_max=None,
    max_depth=1.5*target_l, max_r=100,
    top=10., view="magnetostatic"
    if ax is None:
        plt.subplots(1, 1, figsize=(6, 7))

    assert view.lower() in ["magnetostatic", "late_ontime", 'diff']

    xlim = max_r*np.r_[-1, 1]  # x-limits in meters
    zlim = np.r_[-max_depth, top]  # z-limits in meters. (z-positive up)

    clim = None

    if clim_max is not None and clim_max != 0.:
        clim = clim_max * np.r_[-1, 1]

        if clim_min is not None and clim_min != 0.:
            clim[0] = clim_min

    if view == "magnetostatic":
        plotme = b_magnetostatic
    elif view == "late_ontime":
        plotme = b_ramp_on
    elif view == "diff":
        plotme = b_magnetostatic-b_ramp_on

    cb = plt.colorbar(mesh.plotImage(
        view='vec', vType='F',
        ax=ax, range_x=xlim, range_y=zlim,
        sample_grid=np.r_[np.diff(xlim)/100., np.diff(zlim)/100.],
        pcolorOpts={'norm': LogNorm()}
    )[0], ax=ax)
    ax.set_title('{}'.format(view), fontsize=13)

    return ax

fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 3, figsize=(12, 5))

for a, v in zip(ax, ["magnetostatic", "late_ontime", "diff"]):
    a = plotBFieldResults(


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