Point load wave excitation in multi-layered solids: Experiments and model verification

Chunnan Zhou, John S. Popovics

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Studies of transient wave propagation in a single plate, a two-layer plate structure, and a two-layer-on-a-half-space structure are reported. Experimental results are used to verify the accuracy of a new model for wave propagation in layered solids. The experiments are performed using point load excitation and point detection at the surface of the layered structure. The basis of the new wave propagation model is first introduced. Then, experiments performed on a single plate are described. Results from different wave sources, plate materials, and wave sensors are compared with each other and with computed results from the model. The transient source function for a pencil-lead-break wave source is obtained. Next, the results of experiments performed on a two-layer plate structure (aluminum bonded to stainless steel) are reported. The cases of stainless steel atop aluminum and aluminum atop stainless steel are considered. The effects of the second layer on the transient displacement at the top surface are discussed. Finally, a two-layer-on-a-half-space structure consisting of a stainless steel plate as the top layer, an aluminum plate as the second layer and a thick acrylic resin block as the half-space is studied. The obtained experimental transient measurements agree with the computed results for all cases, thus verifying the accuracy of the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1833-1840
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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