DEMICHAIN is a new concept for mechanical demining, in which a horizontal web of heavy chains hung several metres above a surface to be cleared is dropped in a free fall and delivers a mechanical impulse over the whole surface hit by the chains. A pressure wave expands in the soil and is expected to trigger the active landmines. A description of the device is given, as well as comparisons to other demining devices. The author offers that DEMICHAIN provides numerous advantages to current mechanical-demining techniques, though it requires further testing before it can be used in real-life situations.
"DEMICHAIN: A New Concept of Mechanical Demining,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 11
, Article 40.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol11/iss2/40