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Acoustics of the Seabed as a Poroelastic Medium


  • Provides an up-to-date physical description of sound and shear wave properties of the seabed

  • Covers a key component in shallow water sound field calculations

  • Represents an improvement over existing fluid and viscoelastic solid approximations

  • Includes worked examples to illustrate the key components


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Oceanography book series (BRIEFSOCEAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 1-2
  3. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 3-5
  4. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 7-24
  5. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 25-58
  6. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 59-76
  7. Nicholas P. Chotiros
    Pages 77-85
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 87-99

About this book


This book presents a concise description of the acoustics of ocean sediment acoustics, including the latest developments that address the discrepancies between theoretical models and experimental measurements. This work should be of interest to ocean acoustic engineers and physicists, as well as graduate students and course instructors. The seabed is neither a liquid nor a solid, but a fluid saturated porous material that obeys the wave equations of a poroelastic medium, which are significantly more complicated than the equations of either a liquid or a solid.

This volume presents a model of seabed acoustics with input parameters that allow the model to cover a wide range of sediment types.  The author includes example reflection and transmission curves which may be used as typical for a range of sediment types. The contents of this book will allow the reader to understand the physical processes involved in the reflection, propagation, and attenuation of sound and shear waves in ocean sediments and to model the acoustic properties for a wide range of applications.


Biot-Stoll Sediment Model Low Frequency Anomaly Seabed Acoustics Seabed Acoustics Modeling Seabed Porelastic Medium Sediment Acoustics Shallow Water Acoustics Squirt Flow Viscous Drag Yamamoto-Turgut Model frame Virtual Mass

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Research LaboratoriesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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