Effects of front width on acoustic ducting by a continuous curved front over a sloping bottom

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DeCourcy, Brendan
Lin, Ying-Tsong
Siegmann, William L.
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The behavior of sound near an ocean front in a region with wedge bathymetry is examined. The front is parameterized as a zone of variation with inshore and offshore boundaries parallel to a straight coastline. The importance of frontal width and frontal sound speed on the ducting of acoustic energy is examined. Previous analytical studies of sound propagation and parameter sensitivity in an idealized wedge environment use an unphysical but convenient single interface front representation, which is here replaced by a continuous sound speed profile. The continuous profile selected is convenient for analytical investigation, but encourages the use of asymptotic approximation methods which are also described. The analytical solution method is outlined, and numerical results are produced with an emphasis on comparing to the single interface front. These comparisons are made to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the idealized model for capturing the horizontal ducting effects.
Author Posting. © Acoustical Society of America, 2019. This article is posted here by permission of Acoustical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 146(3), (2019): 1923-1933, doi:10.1121/1.5125426.
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DeCourcy, B. J., Lin, Y., & Siegmann, W. L. (2019). Effects of front width on acoustic ducting by a continuous curved front over a sloping bottom. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 146(3), 1923-1933.
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