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Performance Evaluation of T-transform based OFDM in Underwater Acoustic Communications

Lookup NU author(s): Hengda Ding, Professor Jeffrey Neasham, Professor Said Boussakta, Professor Harris Tsimenidis


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This paper dresses the implementation of an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) based multicarrier UWA communication system adopting a novel transform called T-transform. It combines the Walsh-Hadamard transform (WHT) and the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) into a single fast orthogonal unitary transform which increases channel diversity order without sacrificing any throughput. The proposed system uses pilot subcarriers for channel estimation and bit-interleaved coded modulation with iterative decoding (BICM-ID) as forward error correction (FEC) code for better bust error correction. Performance of the T-transform is compared to discrete cosine transform (DCT) based OFDM systems and conventional OFDM systems. Both tank test results and sea trial results reveal that the proposed T-OFDM system achieves significant performance improvement over DCT based OFDM and conventional OFDM in a frequency selective fading channel.

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Author(s): Ding HD, Neasham JA, Boussakta S, Tsimenidis CC

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: OCEANS 2015 - Genova

Year of Conference: 2015

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 21/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/OCEANS-Genova.2015.7271510

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ISBN: 9781479987368