Physics-based Modeling of Acoustic Reverberation in the Littoral Environment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-C-0398
Agency Tracking Number: N033-0206
Amount: $499,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
809 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, RI, 02842
DUNS: 193499043
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Ellison
 Chief Scientist
 (860) 567-5491
Business Contact
 Bernard Patterson
Title: Vice President
Phone: (401) 847-7508
Email: bernard.patterson@marineacoustics.c
Research Institution
 Ruth E Nimmo
 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD, 20723
 (240) 228-5974
 Nonprofit college or university
Underwater acoustic modeling plays an essential role in the design, development, test, and operation of sonar systems. Active acoustic clutter can increase the sonar false alert rate or equivalently decrease the probability of detection/classification, and is a key issue in the development and utility of active sonar systems. The ability to predict reverberation and clutter is inseparably tied to other modeling tasks, including propagation modeling as well as boundary and volume characterization. The system sonar equation method supports development of a virtual acoustic environment and can be used to produce time series data for examination of the reverberation and clutter influence in the sonar system’s operating parameters. A multi-tiered approach will be used, including: 1) physics-based clutter research (bottom clutter and volume clutter; 2) development of algorithms to generate stochastic realizations of bathymetry and volume scattering features; 3) development of a semi-deterministic reverberation model; 4) development of a module to incorporate stochastic clutter into a deterministic reverberation output; and 5) development of a Parabolic-Equation/Normal-Mode module. The overall objective is to develop and incorporate physics-based reverberation and clutter modeling approaches into current system sonar equation and propagation models used by the sonar designer, planner, and operator.

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