Investigation of Near.Transducer Errors in Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Measurements Using Experimental and Numerical Method

ADCP 계기 부근에서 발생하는 관측 오차의 실험 및 수치모의에 의한 고찰

  • Kim, Dong-Su (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Dankook University) ;
  • Kang, Boo-Sik (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Dankook University)
  • 김동수 (단국대학교 토목환경공학과) ;
  • 강부식 (단국대학교 토목환경공학과)
  • Received : 2010.12.13
  • Accepted : 2011.02.10
  • Published : 2011.02.28


This paper reports results of a joint experimental and numerical investigation of the causes of near-transducer errors due to the combined effect of acoustic and ADCP-induced flow disturbance near the ADCP transducer. The laboratory study focused on an isolated ADCP (deployment without boat). Measurements of the flow disturbance produced by the ADCP in vertical and horizontal planes were obtained acquiring measurements with an Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV). Concurrent measurements with ADCP and ADV were made to infer additional near-transducer effects in the ADCP measurements. The numerical investigation was designed to extend the inquiry on the near-transducer potential errors when the ADCP is deployed from a boat. Large Eddy Simulation (LES) was conducted to obtain the extent and magnitude of the disturbances induced by the drag acting on a boat-mounted ADCP and by the blockage effect of the instrument and boat. It is found the velocities measured by the ADCP are biased low and differ substantially from the undisturbed channel flow solution within a limited layer beneath the instrument.


ADCP;Near-Transducer Errors;LES;ADV


Supported by : Dankook University


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