Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2021

Thesis Advisor(s)

Georgios Matheou; Bryan Weber

Honors Major

Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


Modern sonar systems rely on fast and accurate measurements of the speed of sound in water. Plenty of measurement devices currently exist which are used to gather sound speed measurements in water. They specifically require accurate temperature measurements, as temperature is the most influential factor which affects sound wave speed. Previous research on sound speed properties, a few different examples of sound speed measurement devices, and examples of different types of temperature measurement devices was used along with new research on salinity equations and properties of sound, ocean water, and various existing measurement devices to suggest possible improvements for sound speed measurement systems.