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Sonar for Practising Engineers Paperback – November 12, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0471497509 ISBN-10: 0471497509 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (November 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471497509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471497509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The aims of the book - written by a practising engineer forpractising engineers - are to provide an understanding of the basicprinciples of sonar and, to develop formulae and "rules of thumb"for sonar design and performance analysis. Ashley Waite uses hislong experience in the design, trials and performance analysis ofsonar systems to provide practical guidance and solutions toproblems encountered by sonar engineers and technicians.

The books divides into the following parts:
* Equipment parameters: the motion of sound in an elastic medium;definitions of sound intensity and source level; the use ofprojector arrays to increase the source level; the use ofhydrophone arrays to improve the signal to noise ratio of a wantedsound.
* The propagation of sound in the sea and the backgrounds todetection: spreading and absorption losses; propagation modes andsimple modelling; noise and reverberation; the sonarequations
* Practical sonar systems: passive and active sonar systems;passive broadband, narrowband, intercept and communications (as aspecial case of intercept) sonars; active sonars for the detectionof submarines, mines and torpedoes.
Sonar for Practising Engineers, third edition, covers all aspectsof sonar systems and has extensive worked examples. No priorknowledge of sonar is assumed and the physical principles andmathematics will be readily understood by engineers, techniciansand students of underwater acoustics. New to this edition, areend-of-chapter exercises and solutions for self assessment andtraining.

About the Author

ASHLEY WAITE retired from the UK Ministry of Defence in 1990 after 40 years of Underwater Warfare Research at Portland. He then joined Thomson Marconi Sonar (now Thales Underwater Systems Limited) as a Consultant for a further 10 years. He still maintains an involvement with sonar in a freelance capacity.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are many myths regarding sonar, in both civilian and military applications. The perhaps best known ones are provided by Tom Clancy in his book/movie "The Hunt for Red October". While sonarman Jones and his $40 million computer make great additions to that story, they have little to do with reality.
This book, on the other hand, has everything to do with reality. It describes the working principles of sonar in as simple terms as possible. The explanations and mathematics are kept on a level where any electrical engineer can follow it, and the material is still general enough so that even renowned researchers on underwater acoustics can learn from it.
To me, one of the greatest assets with this book is that it so clearly shows
- what real-life sonars do
- how they do it
- why they do it like that
- what problems are encountered
This is information that is hard to come by elsewhere, and give rise to all sorts of speculations when lacking. The book is as relevant to navy sonars as civilian ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2009
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This might not be the premier book on Sonar, but it's the best I've found for beginners in the field. It's simple and to the point, and doesn't use long, drawn out mathematical explanations of the forces at work. That makes it perfect for people trying to understand the basic concepts. However, it's not the most useful desk reference, because sometimes the mathematical explanations and models in books like Urick are needed. This book provides the basis for even understanding what those models are trying to explain.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Cooke on August 29, 2013
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Excellent desk reference for needed formulas and acoustic principles review. This book is a great addition to the library of any engineer working in underwater acoustics.
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Just what the title implies...

This book goes into good detail, and even covers much of the math equations involved, but is geared very much towards practical applications...

Worth reading!
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