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Volume 132, Issue 1, July 2012
- ULTRASONICS, QUANTUM ACOUSTICS, AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF SOUND 
Scattering characteristics of Lamb waves from debondings at structural features in composite laminates132(2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4728192View Description Hide Description
This article investigates the scatteringcharacteristics of Lamb waves from a debonding at a structural feature in a compositelaminate. This study specifically focuses on the use of the low frequency fundamental antisymmetric (A 0) Lamb wave as the incident wave for debonding detection. Three-dimensional finite element(FE) simulations and experimental measurements are used to investigate the scattering phenomena. Good agreement is obtained between the FE simulations and experimental results. Detailed parameter studies are carried out to further investigate the relationship between the scattering amplitudes and debonding sizes. The results show that the amplitude of the scatteredA 0Lamb wave is sensitive to the debonding size, which indicates the potential of using the low frequency A 0Lamb wave as the interrogating wave for debonding detection and monitoring. The findings of the study provide improved physical insights into the scattering phenomena, which are important to further advance damage detection techniques and optimize transducer networks.
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A model is presented for a pulsating spherical bubble positioned at a fixed location in a viscous, compressible liquid between parallel viscoelastic layers of finite thickness. The Green’s function for particle displacement is found and utilized to derive an expression for the radiation load imposed on the bubble by the layers. Although the radiation load is derived for linear harmonic motion it may be incorporated into an equation for the nonlinear radial dynamics of the bubble. This expression is valid if the strain magnitudes in the viscoelastic layer remain small. Dependence of bubble pulsation on the viscoelastic and geometric parameters of the layers is demonstrated through numerical simulations.
Radial and translational oscillations of an acoustically levitated bubble in aqueous ethanol solutions132(2012); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4726032View Description Hide Description
The radial and translational oscillations of a single cavitationbubble in a standing ultrasound wave were investigated experimentally at various driving acoustic pressures for aqueous ethanol solutions with different bulk molar fractions of ethanol range of 0–. The results show that both the lower and upper stability thresholds of the acoustic driving pressure decreased as the concentration of ethanol was increased. At a given driving pressure the ambient and maximum bubble sizes increased with increasing ethanol concentration. In addition, as the ethanol was increased, the sonoluminescence intensity decreased while the bubble dynamics remained largely unchanged. The translational oscillation of the levitated bubble, however, became increasingly violent with increasing ethanol concentration. The displacement of the bubble reached 0.7 mm at the highest concentration studied () and the maximum bubble size was found to change as the bubble jumped up and down. This bubble translation may be responsible for the decrease of the acoustic driving pressure threshold and suggests that repetitive injection of ethanol molecules into the bubble takes place. These results may account for the different sensitivities of single bubble and multi-bubble sonoluminescence to the presence of volatile additives.
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There is a great variety of beamforming techniques that can be used for localization of sound sources. The differences among them usually lie in the array layout or in the specific signal processing algorithm used to compute the beamforming output. Any beamforming system consists of a finite number of transducers, which makes beamforming methods vulnerable to spatial aliasing above a certain frequency. The present work uses the acousto-opticeffect, i.e., the interaction between sound and light, to localize sound sources in a plane. The use of a beam of light as the sensing element is equivalent to a continuous line aperture with an infinite number of microphones. This makes the proposed acousto-opticbeamformer immune to spatial aliasing. This unique feature is illustrated by means of simulations and experimental results within the entire audible frequency range. For ease of comparison, the study is supplemented with measurements carried out with a line array of microphones.
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Photoacousticimage reconstruction algorithms are usually slow due to the large sizes of data that are processed. This paper proposes a method for exact photoacousticreconstruction for the spherical geometry in the limiting case of a continuous aperture and infinite measurement bandwidth that is faster than existing methods namely (1) backprojection method and (2) the Norton-Linzer method [S. J. Norton and M. Linzer, “Ultrasonic reflectivity imaging in three dimensions: Exact inverse scattering solution for plane, cylindrical and spherical apertures,” Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Trans. BME 28, 202–220 (1981)]. The initial pressure distribution is expanded using a spherical Fourier Bessel series. The proposed method estimates the Fourier Bessel coefficients and subsequently recovers the pressure distribution. A concept of frequency-radial duality is introduced that separates the information from the different radial basis functions by using frequencies corresponding to the Bessel zeros. This approach provides a means to analyze the information obtained given a measurement bandwidth. Using order analysis and numerical experiments, the proposed method is shown to be faster than both the backprojection and the Norton-Linzer methods. Further, the reconstructed images using the proposed methodology were of similar quality to the Norton-Linzer method and were better than the approximate backprojection method.