Effects of random deviations in interface properties on the propagation of ultrasound in thick composites

Yichi Lu, Jan D. Achenbach

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Abstract

Propagation of ultrasound across a solid layer with equally spaced parallel interfaces is studied by using a transfer matrix method. For a layer with identical interfaces the propagation of ultrasound is governed by a dispersion relation, which displays passing and stopping bands in the frequency domain. For a layer with interfaces that have random deviations from mean interface properties, the Fiirstenberg theorem and Monte Carlo simulation have been used to study propagation of ultrasound across the layer. It has been shown that at all frequencies there is an exponential decay in the amplitude of the transmitted wave. This decay, which increases with increasing frequency, defines a localization phenomenon, since wave motion will be confined to the insonified side of the layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2576-2585
Number of pages10
Journaljournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume90
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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