This classic is the most authoritative book on the fundamentals of underwater noise radiated by ships, submarines and torpedoes. The approach stresses physical explanations of basic mechanisms by which noise is generated transmitted by structures and radiated into the sea. Despite the complexity of these phenomena, they are explained in a straightforward manner which emphasizes the dominant mechanisms. The general headings of the chapters are: Introduction (definition and types of noise); Sound waves in liquids; Acoustic radiation fundamentals; Radiation by fluctuating-volume (monopole) sources; Structural vibrations; Radiation by plate flexural vibrations; Cavitation; Propeller cavitation; Radiation by fluctuating force (dipole) sources; and Mechanical noise sources. Within these general categories are included: hull radiation, transmission through structures, gas bubbles, flow noise, splash, explosions, piston slap, bearing noise, fan and blower noise, and wake cavitation and turbulence.
This book was written by Donald Ross, brilliant scientist and engineer, and authority in field of the underwater sound and underwater noise. He was a leader and innovator in a stellar career at the labs at Penn State, Bell Labs, BBN, David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center at Carderock, Tetra Tech, and the NATO ASW Center at La Spezia. This book is his distillate of the fundamentals and insights in the Mechanics of Underwater Noise. It provides a foundation of vital knowledge on the subject. There is no other text so packed and well written with theory, explanations and data of substance as this book.