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An acoustic signal propagation experiment beneath sea ice


Lewis, RS and Drogou, M and King, P and Mann, G and Bose, N and Worby, A, An acoustic signal propagation experiment beneath sea ice, Ocean Engineering, 43 pp. 56-63. ISSN 0029-8018 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2012.01.018


A polar environment presents unique operational challenges for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Each ice environment whether it be sea, fast or shelf poses risks with significant consequences for AUV missions. Deployments can be coordinated via vessels or on-ice camps. The science and operational specifications on missions preclude shepherding of the AUV and result in a reliance on longer range acoustic signal transfer for communications and localization due to the typically lateral nature of the mission.

In November 2009, a 10 kHz acoustic beacon system was tested for ranging capability and suitability of use for an emergency AUV location and monitoring system in the Antarctic sea ice environment. The system was deployed from the RV Aurora Australis north of the Australian Camp Davis. This work includes discussion on test plan formulation, prediction using simulation and field performance results of the acoustic system. Actual noise data and acoustic signal detection measurements are presented and compared with the simulation. Conclusions were drawn on deployment configuration and the testing setup. Proposed modifications will be evaluated in future experimentation planned for late 2010.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autonomous underwater vehicle, polar missions, sea ice, acoustic performance, range estimation
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Bose, N (Professor Neil Bose)
ID Code:78282
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2012-06-20
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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