Testing acoustic equipment before sea experiments is a necessary step, which usually requires large and expensive facilities. In this paper, we present the design guidelines, structure and details of a small-scale, low-cost acoustic chamber for in-lab testing of underwater acoustic networks. The chamber has been assembled with the objective to be of low cost and limited size: therefore, its installation fits small university laboratories that cannot afford large testing pools. The chamber was designed to mitigate the extreme multipath which, in a small chamber, makes communications unreliable. Considering this challenge, our chamber includes a phono-absorbing coating on the walls and floor, to be optionally complemented by a panel of the same coating material, to be installed at the water surface level. After providing the details of several phono-absorbing materials to motivate our specific choice, we carry out a number of transmission experiment with EvoLogics modems, proving that our design substantially reduces the severe multipath and thereby improves the communications quality.

Design and evaluation of a low-cost acoustic chamber for underwater networking experiments

Meneghello F.;Campagnaro F.;Diamant R.;Casari P.;Zorzi M.
2016

Abstract

Testing acoustic equipment before sea experiments is a necessary step, which usually requires large and expensive facilities. In this paper, we present the design guidelines, structure and details of a small-scale, low-cost acoustic chamber for in-lab testing of underwater acoustic networks. The chamber has been assembled with the objective to be of low cost and limited size: therefore, its installation fits small university laboratories that cannot afford large testing pools. The chamber was designed to mitigate the extreme multipath which, in a small chamber, makes communications unreliable. Considering this challenge, our chamber includes a phono-absorbing coating on the walls and floor, to be optionally complemented by a panel of the same coating material, to be installed at the water surface level. After providing the details of several phono-absorbing materials to motivate our specific choice, we carry out a number of transmission experiment with EvoLogics modems, proving that our design substantially reduces the severe multipath and thereby improves the communications quality.
2016
WUWNet 2016 - 11th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems
9781450346375
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