Accession Number:

ADA510094

Title:

Prototype Sparse Arrays for 3D Sonar Imaging System

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI

Report Date:

2009-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

A three dimensional sonar imaging system is under development for use by Navy divers for mine-field reconnaissance and mine-hunting systems. These divers require a small, low power, lightweight acoustic imaging system with high resolution for examining and disposing of underwater ordinance. Sparse array technology is being investigated to develop a sonar requiring the minimal number of signal processing channels while maintaining the beamwidth and sidelobe structure required for high resolution imaging. Beamwidth and sidelobe structure are examined as a function of transducer element count, channel bandwidth, and element location when optimized using various cost functions. Test results for a prototype line array evaluated in the NUWC Acoustic Test Facility are reported.

Subject Categories:

  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
  • Acoustic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE