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A flexible towed sonar for ocean acoustic measurements

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3 Author(s)
W. Barry ; University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA ; D. Jackson ; J. Schultz

A portable, towed sonar system has been developed which is suited for a variety of tasks, such as the study of fish schools, bottom features, and reverberation. The towed platform consists of an active transducer mounted on an underwater wing. The depressing action of the wing permits towing at depths greater than 60 m at speeds up to 15 kn. The sonar beam can be pointed in a variety of directions by rotating the spherical transducer housing with respect to a conical fairing. A four-channel receiver permits signals from separate transducer quadrants to be recorded independently. Normally channel-to-channel phase information would be lost because of tape skew, but special signal-conditioning electronics are included to overcome this. A sensor package on the towed platform monitors the pitch, roll, turning rate, depth, speed, and water temperature. The attitude information is used to determine the exact orientation of the beam.

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Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, IEEE International Conference on ICASSP '78.  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

Apr 1978