Technical Guides - Speed of Sound in Pure Water
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This guide provides current information and equations for calculating the speed of sound in pure water as a function of temperature and pressure.
Speed of sound as a function of temperature only
|Bilaniuk and Wong's equations|
|Del Grosso and Mader's (1972) data re-calculated following adoption of the International Temperature Scale of 1990|
|A fifth order polynomial derived from the combined data of Del Grosso and Mader (1972), Kroebel and Mahrt (1976) and Fujii and Masui (1993)|
|Lubbers and Graaff's simplified equation|
|A simple equation valid for a limited temperature range|
Differences between the Bilaniuk and Wong 148 point equation and Marczak's equation are of the order of 0.02 ms-1 or better at most temperatures, and either equation is suitable for the most accurate work. The Marczak equation has the advantage that all coefficients are expressed to 6 decimal places rather than the 8 decimal places of Bilaniuk and Wong.
Speed of sound as a function of temperature and pressure
|The equation of Belogol'skii, Sekoyan et al|
|The pressure dependence of sound speed in distilled water|
- Equations of state of water: some guidance.
- Lakes: pure water or sea water?
- Speed of sound in sea water
For further information, contact Justin Ablitt.