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Frequency dependence of acoustic waves in marine sediments

Robb, G.; Best, A.I.; Dix, J.K.; Leighton, T.G.; Harris, A.; Riggs, J.S.; Bull, J.M.; White, P.R.. 2002 Frequency dependence of acoustic waves in marine sediments. In: Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, Gdansk, Poland, 24-27 Jun 2002. Gdansk, Poland, Gdansk University of Technology, 43-49.

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Abstract/Summary

In situ techniques provide the most reliable method of examining the geoacoustical properties of marine sediments. In the past, individual in situ surveys have only been able to examine compressional waves over a maximum frequency range of 100 Hz to 50 kHz. A new in situ acoustic device, the Sediment Probing Acoustic Detection Equipment, or SPADE, has been developed, which can emit a variety of pulses, e.g. tonal and swept-frequency, over a continuous frequency range of 10 - 100 kHz. Data from a recent field trial are analysed to obtain the in situ velocity and attenuation over frequency increments of 5 kHz between 10 - 75 kHz. Results imply that scattering is a dominant attenuation mechanism from 10-75 kHz and the media is dispersive for frequencies between 60 and 70 kHz and below 20 kHz. Biot theory cannot accurately model the observed velocity and attenuation.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Paper)
Date made live: 01 Jul 2005 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/110287

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