Volume 126, Issue 5, November 2009
Index of content:
- STRUCTURAL ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATION 
Vibration absorption using non-dissipative complex attachments with impacts and parametric stiffness126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3212942View Description Hide Description
Studies on prototypical systems that consist of a set of complex attachments, coupled to a primary structure characterized by a single degree of freedom system, have shown that vibratory energy can be transported away from the primary through use of complex undamped resonators. Properties and use of these subsystems as by energy absorbers have also been proposed, particularly using attachments that consist of a large set of resonators. These ideas have been originally developed for linear systems and they provided insight into energy sharing phenomenon in large structures like ships, airplanes, and cars, where interior substructures interact with a master structure, e.g., the hull, the fuselage, or the car body. This paper examines the effects of nonlinearities that develop in the attachments, making them even more complex. Specifically, two different nonlinearities are considered: (1) Those generated by impacts that develop among the attached resonators, and (2) parametric effects produced by time-varying stiffness of the resonators. Both the impacts and the parametric effects improve the results obtained using linear oscillators in terms of inhibiting transported energy from returning to the primary structure. The results are indeed comparable with those obtained using linear oscillators but with special frequency distributions, as in the findings of some recent papers by the same authors. Numerically obtained results show how energy is confined among the attached oscillators.
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The broadband bistatic target strengths (TSs) of two submerged unexploded ordnance (UXO) targets have been measured in the NRL sediment pool facility. The targets—a 5 in. rocket and a 155 mm projectile—were among the targets whose monostatic TSs were measured and reported previously by the authors. Bistatic TS measurements were made for 0° (target front) and 90° (target side) incident source directions, and include both backscattered and forward scattered echo angles over a complete 360° with the targets placed proud of the sediment surface. For the two source angles used, each target exhibits two strong highlights: a backscattered specular-like echo and a forward scattered response. The TS levels of the former are shown to agree reasonably well with predictions, based on scattering from rigid disks and cylinders, while the levels of the latter with predictions from radar cross section models, based on simple geometric optics appropriately modified. The bistatic TS levels observed for the proud case provide comparable or higher levels of broadband TS relative to free-field monostatic measurements. It is concluded that access to bistatic echo information in operations aimed at detecting submerged UXO targets could provide an important capability.
Acoustic emission source location in composite structure by Voronoi construction using geodesic curve evolution126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3224736View Description Hide Description
Conventional analytical/numerical methods employing triangulation technique are suitable for locating acoustic emission(AE) source in a planar structure without structural discontinuities. But these methods cannot be extended to structures with complicated geometry, and, also, the problem gets compounded if the material of the structure is anisotropic warranting complex analytical velocity models. A geodesic approach using Voronoi construction is proposed in this work to locate the AE source in a compositestructure. The approach is based on the fact that the wave takes minimum energy path to travel from the source to any other point in the connected domain. The geodesics are computed on the meshed surface of the structure using graph theory based on Dijkstra’s algorithm. By propagating the waves in reverse virtually from these sensors along the geodesic path and by locating the first intersection point of these waves, one can get the AE source location. In this work, the geodesic approach is shown more suitable for a practicable source location solution in a compositestructure with arbitrary surface containing finite discontinuities. Experiments have been conducted on composite plate specimens of simple and complex geometry to validate this method.
Ultrasonic field modeling by distributed point source method for different transducer boundary conditions126(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3203307View Description Hide Description
Several investigators have modeled ultrasonic fields in front of transducers by Huygens–Fresnel superposition principle that integrates the contributions of a number of point sources distributed on the transducer face. This integral solution, also known as the Rayleigh integral or Rayleigh–Sommerfeld Integral solution, assumes the strengths of the point sources distributed over the transducer face. A newly developed technique called distributed point source method (DPSM) offers an alternative approach for modeling ultrasonic fields. DPSM is capable of modeling the field for prescribed source strength distribution as well as for prescribed interface conditions with unknown source strengths. It is investigated how the ultrasonic field in front of the transducer varies in different situations: (1) when the point source strengths are known, (2) when the point source strengths are unknown but obtained from the interface condition that only the normal component of the transducervelocity is continuous across the fluid-solid interface, (3) when all three components of velocity are assumed to be continuous across the interface for the no-slip condition, and (4) when the pressure instead of the velocity is prescribed on the transducer face. Results for these different interface conditions are compared with the analytical solutions along the central axis.