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Advanced data communication techniques for sub-sea applications

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posted on 22.11.2018 by Brian R.S. Darby
This thesis details research carried out in the through-water data communication field. An overview of the phenomena that prohibit acoustic communication in long-range shallow-water channels is constructed. Background research found that robust communications has not been achieved using single receiver reception in this environment. This work investigates the modulation technique itself and aims to improve on existing schemes (that have been applied to this environment). This is achieved with innovative techniques, based on multiple-frequency-shift-keying (MFSK) and space-frequency-shift-keying (SFSK). A number of industrial specified restrictions are placed on this work, including bandwidth restriction. Novel ways of intrinsically transmitting synchronisation information are therefore implemented. The development of appropriate systems is covered with general and platform specific implementation strategies being covered. A single modulation scheme (the three-chip four-frequency-shift-keying, 3C4FSK, scheme) has been put forward for consideration in any future research. Practical lab-based tests and the mathematical analysis is detailed. Conclusions recommend further funding of long-range shallow sea-water trails of the 3C4FSK scheme and for the industrial scope of this work to allow investigation into multiple receiver systems that allow spatial processing of the signal as these schemes have been shown lately to have potential in long-range channels.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.




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