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Volume 115, Issue 2, February 2004
- NONLINEAR ACOUSTICS 
A new method to predict the evolution of the power spectral density for a finite-amplitude sound wave115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1639902View Description Hide Description
A method to predict the effect of nonlinearity on the power spectral density of a plane wave traveling in a thermoviscous fluid is presented. As opposed to time-domain methods, the method presented here is based directly on the power spectral density of the signal, not the signal itself. The Burgers equation is employed for the mathematical description of the combined effects of nonlinearity and dissipation. The Burgers equation is transformed into an infinite set of linear equations that describe the evolution of the joint moments of the signal. A method for solving this system of equations is presented. Only a finite number of equations is appropriately selected and solved by numerical means. For the method to be applied all appropriate joint moments must be known at the source. If the source condition has Gaussian characteristics (it is a Gaussian noise signal or a Gaussian stationary and ergodic stochastic process), then all the joint moments can be computed from the power spectral density of the signal at the source. Numerical results from the presented method are shown to be in good agreement with known analytical solutions in the preshock region for two benchmark cases: (i) sinusoidal source signal and (ii) a Gaussian stochastic process as the source condition.
115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1621858View Description Hide Description
A nonlinear model in the form of the Rayleigh–Plesset equation is developed for a gas bubble in an essentially incompressible elastic medium such as a tissue or rubberlike medium. Two constitutive laws for the elastic medium are considered: the Mooney potential, and Landau’s expansion of the strain energy density. These two constitutive laws are compared at quadratic order to obtain a relation between their respective elastic constants. Attention is devoted to the relative importance of shear stress on the bubble dynamics, allowing for the equilibrium gas pressure in the bubble to differ substantially from the pressure at infinity. The model for the bubble motion is approximated to quadratic order to assess the importance of shear stress in the surrounding medium relative to that of the gas pressure in the bubble. Relations are derived for the value of the shear wave speed at which the two contributions are comparable, which provide an assessment of when shear stress in the surrounding medium must be taken into account when modeling bubble dynamics.