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

5pUW12. Extraction of target characteristics from the response of a ribbed cylindrical shell in a shallow water environment.

Angie Sarkissian

David H. Hughes

Louis R. Dragonette

Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC 20375-5350

Bistatic and monostatic target strength values of a ribbed cylindrical shell contain various scattering phenomena such as Bloch waves, rib resonances, specular reflections and other effects due to waves traveling on the surface of the shell. When the target is placed in a shallow water environment, the response is further cluttered by the presence of the various multipaths that a signal travels in a bounded medium. By using a vertical line array of sources and receivers, the target response may be extracted. A vertical array of sources is used to suppress certain shallow water modes in the incident field. A receiver array is used to remove certain shallow water modes from the scattered field. Time-frequency analysis is a final filter for selecting the modes of interest for which the target response is extracted. The extracted target response is correlated against the free field target characteristics previously determined by time-frequency synthesis techniques.