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Smart sensor systems for underwater acoustic applications
Author(s): Vijay K. Varadan; Vasundara V. Varadan; Zhen Wu
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Paper Abstract

A smart sensor, that can distinguish between different directional components in a superimposed acoustic pressure field, was developed as a part of the active acoustic coating system for absorbing sound energy incident on an underwater object. The smart sensor system includes a dual sensor pair encapsulated inside the coating and a multichannel digital delay-line network so that both the incident and the reflected wave signals can be extracted simultaneously. Furthermore, the delay-line network was interfaced with a personal computer to adaptively adjust the system parameters so that the performances of the smart sensor as well as the overall active system were optimized. The sensors were made of a piezoelectric polymer material known as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). This flexible material offers significant advantages for underwater acoustic applications such as high and uniform sensitivity, impedance matching with water, etc. Theoretical model and experimental implementation and testing results are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1916, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Materials, (23 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148471
Show Author Affiliations
Vijay K. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Vasundara V. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Zhen Wu, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1916:
Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Materials
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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