Development and Testing of a Dual Accelerometer Vector Sensor for AUV Acoustic Surveys†
AbstractThis paper presents the design, manufacturing and testing of a Dual Accelerometer Vector Sensor (DAVS). The device was built within the activities of the WiMUST project, supported under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, which aims to improve the efficiency of the methodologies used to perform geophysical acoustic surveys at sea by the use of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). The DAVS has the potential to contribute to this aim in various ways, for example, owing to its spatial filtering capability, it may reduce the amount of post processing by discriminating the bottom from the surface reflections. Additionally, its compact size allows easier integration with AUVs and hence facilitates the vehicle manoeuvrability compared to the classical towed arrays. The present paper is focused on results related to acoustic wave azimuth estimation as an example of its spatial filtering capabilities. The DAVS device consists of two tri-axial accelerometers and one hydrophone moulded in one unit. Sensitivity and directionality of these three sensors were measured in a tank, whilst the direction estimation capabilities of the accelerometers paired with the hydrophone, forming a vector sensor, were evaluated on a Medusa Class AUV, which was sailing around a deployed sound source. Results of these measurements are presented in this paper. View Full-Text
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Mantouka, A.; Felisberto, P.; Santos, P.; Zabel, F.; Saleiro, M.; Jesus, S.M.; Sebastião, L. Development and Testing of a Dual Accelerometer Vector Sensor for AUV Acoustic Surveys. Sensors 2017, 17, 1328.
Mantouka A, Felisberto P, Santos P, Zabel F, Saleiro M, Jesus SM, Sebastião L. Development and Testing of a Dual Accelerometer Vector Sensor for AUV Acoustic Surveys. Sensors. 2017; 17(6):1328.Chicago/Turabian Style
Mantouka, Agni; Felisberto, Paulo; Santos, Paulo; Zabel, Friedrich; Saleiro, Mário; Jesus, Sérgio M.; Sebastião, Luís. 2017. "Development and Testing of a Dual Accelerometer Vector Sensor for AUV Acoustic Surveys." Sensors 17, no. 6: 1328.
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