Foote Kenneth G.

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  • Article
    Maintaining precision calibrations with optimal copper spheres
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1983-03) Foote, Kenneth G.
    Effects of variations in quantities influencing the backscattering cross sections of solid elastic spheres are studied through a particular case. This is that of the 60‐mm‐diam copper sphere, which is being used worldwide to calibrate the 38‐kHz echo sounders instrumental in fisheries surveying. Derived dependences of the backscattering cross section include those characterizing the sphere, immersion medium, and equipment. Some of the dependences are sufficiently weak to permit their neglect in assigning the calibration value of the backscattering cross section, while others must be considered. In every case the dependences are calculable; given measurement of the calibration conditions, necessary corrections to the backscattering cross section can be determined and applied with maintenance of 0.1‐dB accuracy. The wider use of copper spheres in acoustic calibrations, as in the radiation force method, is advocated. The practical use of optimal copper spheres in calibrating echo sounders and echo integrators is treated in detail in an appendix.
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    Measurement of fish target strength with a split‐beam echo sounder
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1986-08) Foote, Kenneth G. ; Aglen, Asgeir ; Nakken, Odd
    Data derived with a 38‐kHz split‐beam echo sounder have been analyzed to yield target strengths suitable for use with echo integrators. This has required compensation for both thresholding and saturation, since these operations can significantly bias data intended for use with systems, such as echo integrators, whose dynamic ranges are much larger. A nonparametric statistical method is introduced for this purpose. Pure‐species acoustic data are extracted in several two‐species cases by a method for separating superimposed frequency distributions. Mean i n s i t u target strengths are presented for cod, saithe, Norway pout, herring, redfish, and greater silver smelt. For com‐ parison with other data, these are expressed through the standard equation ∼(TS) =20 log l +b, where ∼(TS) is the mean target strength in decibels, and l is the fish length in centimeters. For gadoids of lengths from 10 to over 105 cm, b=−67.5 dB. For herring of lengths from 24 to 34 cm, b=−72.1 dB. The often‐ignored problem of obtaining unambiguous biological data by trawl sampling is discussed.
  • Article
    Averaging of fish target strength functions
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1980-02) Foote, Kenneth G.
    A general model for averaging the acoustic target strength functions of fish is stated in calculable form. It accounts for the influences of the distribution of generally coupled spatial and orientation states of fish, geometric perspective, and beam patterns on observations of target strength. The model is developed and applied to observation of fish by directional, downward‐looking sonars. A particular example is considered in which the sonar is represented by an ideal circular piston, the spatial distribution of fish is homogeneous, and the orientation distribution is spatially homogeneous and characterized by a uniformily distributed azimuthal variable and an independent, essentially normally distributed tilt angle variable. Averaged and averaged‐squared backscattering cross sections are computed from high quality gadoid target strength functions measured at two ultrasonic frequencies. Results for a sonar half‐beamwidth of 2.5 deg for three different realizations of the tilt angle distribution are expressed in the logarithmic domain and regressed linearly on fish length. The significance of species, frequency, and orientation distribution differences among the regressions is noted. Estimates of the mean ratio of averaged‐squared backscattering cross section and squared‐averaged backscattering cross section are presented.
  • Article
    Importance of the swimbladder in acoustic scattering by fish : a comparison of gadoid and mackerel target strengths
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1980-06) Foote, Kenneth G.
    Previous determinations of the swimbladder contribution to the fish backscattering cross section have been hindered by ignorance of the acoustic boundary conditions at the swimbladder wall. The present study circumvents this problem by direct comparison of target strengths of three gadoid species and mackerel — anatomically comparable fusiform fish which respectively possess and lack a swimbladder. The relative swimbladder contribution to both maximum and averaged dorsal aspect backscattering cross sections is shown to be approximately 90% to 95%, which is higher than most other estimates. The new results were established for fish of 29‐ to 42‐cm length and acoustic frequencies of 38 and 120 kHz.
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    Performance of the parametric receiving array : effects of misalignment
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1987-11) Foote, Kenneth G. ; Tjøtta, Jacqueline Naze ; Tjøtta, Sigve
    The difference frequency sound field from two concentric but misaligned, axisymmetric, planar transducers in a nondissipative and nondispersive medium is developed as a special case of the general theory [Garrett et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 75, 769–779 (1984)]. Effects of misalignment of pump, source, and hydrophone on the performance of the parametric receiving array are quantified in numerical examples. These include the effect of interaction in the nearfields of both pump and source transducers. The results show that the best performance is obtained for good alignment, high pump frequency, and placement of the hydrophone within or not far from the source nearfield.
  • Article
    Linearity of fisheries acoustics, with addition theorems
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1983-06) Foote, Kenneth G.
    An experiment to verify the basic linearity of fisheries acoustics is described. Herring (Clupea harengus L.) was the subject fish. Acoustic measurements consisted of the echo energy from aggregations of encaged but otherwise free‐swimming fish, and the target strength functions of similar, anesthetized specimens. Periodic photographic observation of the encaged fish allowed characterization of their behavior through associated spatial and orientation distributions. The fish biology and hydrography were also measured. Computations of the echo energy from encaged aggregations, derived by exercising the linear theory with the target strength functions of anesthetized fish and gross behavioral characteristics of encaged fish, agreed well with observation. This success was obtained for each of four independent echo sounders operating at frequencies from 38 to 120 kHz and at power levels from 35 W to nearly 1 kW. In addition to demonstrating the basic linearity of fisheries acoustics, the experiment verified both conventional acoustic measurements on anesthetized fish, at least for averaging purposes, and the echo integration method. Two simple theorems summarizing the meaning of linearity for use with the echo integration method are stated.
  • Article
    Optimizing copper spheres for precision calibration of hydroacoustic equipment
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1982-03) Foote, Kenneth G.
    An operational definition of backscattering cross section is developed for the wideband reception of finite echoes. This is supported by relative measurements on a set of copper spheres by each of four echo sounders operating at frequencies from 38 to 120 kHz. Experiential and theoretical arguments are advanced for the superiority of commercial, electrical–grade copper in the application. An optimization problem for determining the sphere size is then formulated, and solved for the case of calibration of a 38 kHz echo sounder by a sphere of the described material. The solution: that the copper sphere diameter be 60.00 mm, is tested through a variety of measurements. These demonstrate an accuracy of 0.1 dB. The further exercise of theory indicates the feasibility of precision calibration of diverse hydroacoustic equipment by copper spheres over most of the kilohertz frequency range.
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    Rather‐high‐frequency sound scattering by swimbladdered fish
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1985-08) Foote, Kenneth G.
    A new model describes acoustic scattering by swimbladdered fish of lengths from at least 8 to 36 wavelengths. It represents a fish by an ideal pressure‐release surface having the exact size and shape as the swimbladder. The backscattering cross section, or target strength, is computed by means of the Kirchhoff approximation. To test the model, predictions of target strengths based on swimbladder morphometries of 15 gadoids of lengths from 31.5 to 44.5 cm are compared with conventional target strength measurements on the same, surface‐adapted fish, anesthetized before acoustic measurement, and shock‐frozen immediately afterwards. Details are given of the swimbladder morphometry. In essence, this consists of slicing the frozen fish with a microtome, photographing the exposed swimbladder cross sections, digitizing the contours, and triangulating the surface between pairs of contours on adjacent, parallel planes. Theory and experiment are compared through the dorsal and ventral aspect target strength functions, their averages, and simulated probability density functions.
  • Article
    Comparison of copper and tungsten carbide calibration spheres
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1984-02) Foote, Kenneth G. ; MacLennan, David N.
    The properties of calibration spheres made from electrical‐grade copper, denoted Cu, and tungsten carbide with 6% cobalt binder, denoted WC, are examined theoretically. Effects of variations in material, medium, and equipment parameters are determined for spheres intended to calibrate 38‐kHz echo sounders when a target strength of order −41.5 dB is required. The derived 30.4‐mm‐diam Cu sphere and selected 38.1‐mm‐diam WC ball bearing show different dependences on the varied parameters. Changes in the material and equipment parameters within wide ranges will not upset a precision calibration with expected ±0.1‐dB accuracy. Adjustment of the calibration value of  backscattering cross section with changing temperature is generally necessary for elastic spheres. This is the case for the present WC sphere, but not for the Cu sphere by virtue of its optimization with respect to temperature. Greater hardness is found to be insufficient for choosing between the two; the particular application must be considered. Pragmatic criteria for sphere selection are discussed.
  • Article
    Fish target strengths for use in echo integrator surveys
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1987-09) Foote, Kenneth G.
    In situ measurements of fish target strength are selected for use in echo integrator surveys at 38 kHz. The results are expressed through equations in which the mean target strength TS is regressed on the mean fish length l in centimeters. For physoclists, TS=20 log l−67.4, and for clupeoids, TS=20 log l−71.9. These equations are supported by independent measurements on tethered, caged, and freely aggregating fish and by theoretical computations based on the swimbladder form. Causes of data variability are attributed to differences in species, behavior, and, possibly, swimbladder state.
  • Article
    Comparison of walleye pollock target strength estimates determined from in situ measurements and calculations based on swimbladder form
    (Acoustical Society of America, 1988-01) Foote, Kenneth G. ; Traynor, Jimmie J.
    The target strength of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) at 38 kHz has been determined in each of two ways: (1) in situ measurement with dual‐beam and split‐beam echo sounders, and (2) theoretical calculation based on the swimbladder form. Respective probability density functions of target strength are compared. The several estimates of mean target strength (T̄S̄) determine the relation T̄S̄=20 log l−66.0, where l is the fish fork length in centimeters.