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Principles of Sonar Performance Modelling


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Geophysical Sciences book sub series (GEOPHYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 3-26
    3. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 27-52
    4. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 53-122
  3. The Four Pillars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 125-190
    3. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 191-249
    4. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 251-310
    5. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 311-358
  4. Towards Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 361-438
    3. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 439-512
    4. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 513-571
    5. Michael A. Ainslie
      Pages 573-633
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 635-707

About this book


Dr Ainslie’s book provides a long-awaited complete and modern treatment of sonar performance modelling (SPM). In this context, the word "sonar" is used in a broad sense, to mean any deliberate use of underwater sound, including by marine mammals. The acronym "SONAR" stands for "sound navigation and ranging", but this book demonstrates how sonar systems and methodology are used for a variety of sensing, communications and deterrence systems, and by a number of industries and end-users (military, offshore, fisheries, surveyors and oceanography).

The first three chapters provide background information and introduce the sonar equations. The author then lays the main foundations with separate chapters on acoustical oceanography, underwater acoustics, signal processing and statistical detection theory. These disparate disciplines are integrated expertly and authoritatively into a coherent whole, with as much detail as necessary added for more advanced applications of SPM. The book is illustrated with numerous worked examples, at both introductory and advanced levels, created using a variety of modern SPM tools.


Modelling Ocean Oceanography Sonar Sound navigation Underwater acoustics acoustics modeling sound

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TNO Defence, Security & Safetys-GravenhageNetherlands

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From the reviews:

“This book attempts to provide a combination of information and understanding of the physics and detection theory to enable the reader to address sonar performance issues. … this book is most useful for those who need to build models of aspects of sonar performance. It will also be useful for those who need to specify, test, or evaluate models. … a source of material for someone preparing a course on underwater acoustics or sonar performance modelling. … a good reference book for an acoustics library.” (Adrian Brown, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 17 (1), 2012)