advanced technology research areas
SRD maintains capabilities in all areas related to SONAR systems design. The disciplines represented by SRD personnel are Mechanical (static and dynamic), Electrical (analog, digital, power, and signal processing), Materials Science, and Computer Science engineering, as well as, Physics, Acoustics, and Electro-Acoustic Transduction. In addition to the design engineering staff, the Division employs an extremely skilled engineering aide and support staff able to fabricate components and sub-assemblies, provide process control and documentation, perform in-process, component, sub-system, and final system testing.
Generally, the SRD makes one-of-a-kind systems. The documentation trail is important from a scientific aspect as well when guiding the technology to transition. All components and systems are thoroughly tested prior to delivery. Typically, SRD personnel will accompany the unit to the field to support customer trials and provide system and tools training. This ability to follow the systems full circle from design and fabrication to field monitoring and data analysis provides SRD with unique feedback into the design process that is then leveraged for future system designs or upgrades. The systems are designed to be used by platform users, scientists, and fleet personnel with little SRD intervention, which has enabled a number of SRD systems to make the transition to acquisition.