ASA 130th Meeting - St. Louis, MO - 1995 Nov 27 .. Dec 01

3aSA5. On the scattering of sound from a submerged thin walled cylinder coated with a compliant layer.

Jacek Jarzynski

John R. Bogle

George S. McCall

George W. Woodruff School of Mech. Eng., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA 30332-0405

Michael D. Gray

Gary W. Caille

Georgia Tech Res. Inst., Atlanta, GA 30332-0810

There is currently an abundance of both mathematical and finite-element models of the scattering of underwater sound from cylindrical bodies treated with compliant coatings. However, there is a significant lack of corresponding scattering measurements. This paper presents the results of a set of simple measurements of the monostatic backscatter from a coated, thin, ribbed cylindrical shell with flat endcaps for ka of 2--8. The coating layer had an input impedance approximately one-fifth that of water, providing a near pressure-release boundary condition. Of particular interest is a minimum in the measured target strength which results from the resonant interaction of the coating and the shell. Results from finite-element and modal expansion models of the coated shell are also presented with the aim of providing a physical understanding of the resonance. [Work supported by ONR.]