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Acoustic Qualities of Ship Wakes

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The major influence on sound propagation and attenuation in surface ship wakes arises from the presence of bubbles. The aim of the research behind this paper is to obtain a better understanding of the propagation conditions for sound in surface ship wakes in order to be able to produce realistic sound propagation models for predicting acoustic qualities of wakes. A high resolution, multi-beam sonar, looking upward at a wake produced by a passing surface ship, has provided data characterizing the wake structure in the along-wake, the cross-wake and the depth directions. A simple wake model has been developed from historical data, and this model has been used with a 2D PE code to calculate the loss of acoustic energy in the wake. Understanding the complexity of the wake bubble structure, and its effect on acoustic propagation, remains a challenging research goal.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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