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Development of universal software radio peripheral amplifier for underwater acoustic platform using software defined radio

Kalash, Haydar Sabeeh (2010) Development of universal software radio peripheral amplifier for underwater acoustic platform using software defined radio. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

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Abstract

First and foremost, the development of a modem using the USRP has applications in oceanographic monitoring and communication. Improved acoustic connecting would allow more efficient transfer of information between Underwater Acoustic (UWA) equipment such as autonomous vehicles, piloted vehicles, and underwater profilers. Therefore it can easily be modified in order to be employed for the testing of different UWA. This project describes the full system of an underwater acoustic modem with underwater wireless connection starting with the most critical component of the system which is the USRP amplifier for the receiver and the transceiver. In this project we focused on the development of the USRP amplifier. This amplifier is expected to enhance the signal of the transceiver to Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) modem and the GNU radio. The platform that we proposed uses the Software Defined Radio (SDR) as the main controller. This is due to its flexibility in modulation and able to support coding. Since this is an initial stage, in this work we only use Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying (GMSK) as the modulation techniques. The performance of the UWA platform had been tested and we found that as the frequency increases the attenuation increased as well but with the USRP amplifier we have managed to decrease it. UWA communication research will benefit greatly from the adaption of the USRP as an underwater acoustic modem. The USRP amplifier amplifies the signal that has send by the transceiver and detected by the receiver will effectively demodulate the signal and analyze the received data in the USRP modem. GNU radio and USRP SDR has been successfully implemented. The results demonstrate that the objectives of this research are archived. It is proved that by implementing GNU radio and USRP SDR in the new generation of underwater acoustic communication technology, and improves the utilization of the underwater communication. We conclude that the proper design of the USRP Amplifier is crucial to obtain high quality performance. This project has successfully developed a USRP amplifier and the underwater acoustic communication testbed with expected results.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Thesis (Sarjana Kejuruteraan (Elektrik – Perhubungan)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2010; Supervisor : Dr. Sharifah Hafizah Syed Ariffin
Uncontrolled Keywords:Amplifiers (Electronics), software, underwater acoustic platform
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Electrical Engineering
ID Code:26049
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:25 Jun 2012 02:42
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 03:47

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