The Handbook on Underwater Acoustic Engineering presents the principles of underwater engineering in as simple and concise a form as possible. It constitutes a comprehensive collection of formulars and graphs without including research results. The publisher STN ATLAS Elektronik in Bremen, Germany encouraged the author to provide an English version which is based on the revised corerected and partly extended German version.


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Handbook of Underwater Acoustic Engineering

Heinz G. Urban
1st Edition - 296 Pages with 140 Figures and 35 Tables - ISBN 3-936799-04-0


Sound waves are mechanical vibrations and travel easily through the ocean. Therefore, compared to all other kinds of waveforms, they are the best suited means to measure water depth or detect objects in the ocean.

The first device designed to exploit underwater sound were echo sounders to measure water depth, and they continue to play an important role in hydroacoustic activities to this day. Acoustic ranging systems were created using the echo-sounder principle, but applying it in the horizontal plane.

Since then, many different applications have been dicovered and are presently in marine use. New systems are continually being developed to exploit ocean resources and improve military and commercial equimpment. These are commonly referred to as SONAR systems.

This book is intended to provide the design engineer with a work of reference. It is not meant to replace the student's textbook, but rather to summarize the state of art in sonar engineering. Therefore, phsysical principles are explained only briefly, while emphasis is laid on tables, graphs and diagrams.

The field of underwater engineering is presented in ten chapters, beginning with a brief presentation of the fundamentals of vibration and acoustics which are prerequisites for the later chapters on sound propagation and transducer operation. A collection of case studies concludes this book

Last revied March 2003