ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

2pAO5. A semianalytical method for the noise emission of finite size objects in shallow water.

Hasan N. Oguz

Dept. of Mech. Eng., Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD 21218

Point sources are commonly used in underwater ambient noise computations to model wave breaking noise. A semianalytical solution to sound emission by a finite size object in shallow water is developed. The coefficients of the normal modes obtained by this technique are compared with the coefficients given by the point source approximation for the case of a hemispherical bubble cloud. The comparison is only good when the size of the bubble cloud is much smaller than the acoustic wavelength. Substantial differences occur when the radiation pattern near the bubble cloud deviates from a circular shape associated with the point dipole emission. Accurate normal modes coefficients given by the current method could be coupled with shallow water propagation models used in ambient noise calculations. [Work supported by the Office of Naval Research.]