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I need to be able to measure distance underwater between two points. So I'm thinking something as simple as a sonar should work. One sends a ping the other one receives it and replies back. Is this approach feasible? Can anybody recommend sonars I can use?



This is going to depend a lot on what range you need. We're looking at these modules for our ROV: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-Ultrasonic-Sensor-Distance-Measuring-Module-/280721354139?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415c4bed9b, but they only have a range of 30cm to 3.5m.
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Darn, I thought I actually put that in my original post. I need this to work high range. 100-150ft.
Everything I've seen so far in terms of ultrasonic sensors are limited to a few meters at best.


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Posts have been sugesting single ended range finding equipment.
The original question was about measuring the distance between two intelligent co-operating devices.

Sound travels well in water so 150ft should not be an issue.
What you need is a device that transmits a sound and another device that detects it.
The sounds should probably be at frequencies that travel well but don't occur in the background, and both devices should use different frequencies (to avoid a sender receiving a reflection or echo of its own signal).

Device A transmits a sound and starts a timer. Device B detects the signal from A and transmits a sound in reply. Device A detects the reply from B and stops the timer. Device A then subtracts a figure from the time to allow for processing, divides by two and, using the speed of sound in water calculates, the distance.

Most of the time I think this would work quite accurately. In special circumstances where A and B are at different depths the sound might be blocked by a boundry in the water. Boundries between hot and cold water (thermoclines) and salty and fresh water (haloclines) can be sharp and visible so I would be surprised if they do not affect sound and perhaps trap it within a layer.

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