Optimization of array configuration
Penner, A. Raymond
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The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal configuration of 2-, 3-, and 4- element hydrophone arrays. The noise field was taken to be isotropic and the arrays were constrained to lie in a horizontal plane. It was determined that the optimal configuration is a linear array though, as is the case of the 4-element array, not necessarily uniformly spaced. In addition, near-optimal configurations, which are nonlinear, were found whose beam patterns and frequency dependence may be preferable in specific situations.