Volume 135, Issue 2, February 2014
Index of content:
- UNDERWATER SOUND 
Acoustic mode coupling induced by nonlinear internal waves: Evaluation of the mode coupling matrices and applications135(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4861253View Description Hide Description
This paper applies the mode coupling equation to calculate the mode-coupling matrix for nonlinear internal waves appearing as a train of solitons. The calculation is applied to an individual soliton up to second order expansion in sound speed perturbation in the Dyson series. The expansion is valid so long as the fractional sound speed change due to a single soliton, integrated over range and depth, times the wavenumber is smaller than unity. Scattering between the solitons are included by coupling the mode coupling matrices between the solitons. Acoustic fields calculated using this mode-coupling matrix formulation are compared with that obtained using a parabolic equation (PE) code. The results agree very well in terms of the depth integrated acoustic energy at the receivers for moving solitary internal waves. The advantages of using the proposed approach are: (1) The effects of mode coupling can be studied as a function of range and time as the solitons travel along the propagation path, and (2) it allows speedy calculations of sound propagation through a packet or packets of solitons saving orders of magnitude computations compared with the PE code. The mode coupling theory is applied to at-sea data to illustrate the underlying physics.
135(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4861922View Description Hide Description
Active sonar systems are used to detect underwater man-made objects of interest (targets) that are too quiet to be reliably detected with passive sonar. Performance of active sonar can be degraded by false alarms caused by echoes returned from geological seabed structures (clutter) in shallow regions. To reduce false alarms, a method of distinguishing target echoes from clutter echoes is required. Research has demonstrated that perceptual-based signal features similar to those employed in the human auditory system can be used to automatically discriminate between target and clutter echoes, thereby reducing the number of false alarms and improving sonar performance. An active sonar experiment on the Malta Plateau in the Mediterranean Sea was conducted during the Clutter07 sea trial and repeated during the Clutter09 sea trial. The dataset consists of more than 95 000 pulse-compressed echoes returned from two targets and many geological clutter objects. These echoes were processed using an automatic classifier that quantifies the timbre of each echo using a number of perceptual signal features. Using echoes from 2007, the aural classifier was trained to establish a boundary between targets and clutter in the feature space. Temporal robustness was then investigated by testing the classifier on echoes from the 2009 experiment.
135(2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4861238View Description Hide Description
Results from an underwater experiment under sea conditions on flow noise beneath a flat-plate turbulent boundary layer are presented. The measurements were performed with a towed body at towing speeds m/s and depths m. Flow noise is measured with a linear array of equally spaced hydrophones ( mm) that is orientated in streamwise direction and embedded within a laterally attached flat plate. In order to separate flow noise from ocean ambient noise and other acoustical noise sources wavenumber-frequency filtering is applied. The (nondimensionalized) spectral power density of flow noise is found to scale like in a wide frequency range at higher towing speeds. Here, , , and denote frequency, boundary layer displacement thickness, and potential flow velocity in the array region, respectively. Potential flow velocity is estimated from numerical simulations around a symmetrical, two-dimensional body with a semi-elliptical nose. Evidence is given that a -(Tsallis) superstatistics provides a reasonable representation of the probability distribution function of flow noise at higher towing speeds.