Standard-target calibration of an acoustic backscatter system

Oceans Conference Record
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The standard-target method used to calibrate scientific echo sounders and other scientific sonars by a single, solid elastic sphere is being adapted to acoustic backscatter (ABS) systems. Its first application, to the AQUAscat 1000, is described. The on-axis sensitivity and directional properties of transducer beams at three operating frequencies, nominally 1, 2.5, and 4 MHz, have been determined using a 10-mm-diameter sphere of tungsten carbide with 6% cobalt binder. Preliminary results are reported for the 1-MHz transducer. Their application to measurements of suspended sediment made in situ with the same device is described. This will enable the data to be expressed directly in physical units of volume backscattering.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Standard-target calibration of an acoustic backscatter system
Series title Oceans Conference Record
ISBN 978-1-4244-4332-1
DOI 10.1109/OCEANS.2010.5664362
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher IEEE
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title MTS/IEEE Seattle OCEANS 2010
Conference Title MTS/IEEE Seattle OCEANS 2010
Conference Location Seattle, WA
Conference Date September 20-23, 2010
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