A boundary element solution for a mode conversion study on the edge reflection of Lamb waves

Younho Cho, Joseph L. Rose

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The boundary element method, well known for bulk wave scattering, is extended to study the mode conversion phenomena of Lamb waves from a free edge. The elastodynamic interior boundary value problem is formulated as a hybrid boundary integral equation in conjunction with the normal mode expansion technique based on the Lamb wave dispersion equation. The present approach has the potential of easily handling the geometrical complexity of general guided wave scattering with improved computational efficiency due to the advantage of the boundary-type integral method. To check the accuracy of the boundary element program, vertical shear wave diffraction, due to a circular hole, is solved and compared with previous analytical solutions. Edge reflection factors for the multibackscattered modes in a steel plate are satisfied quite well with the principle of energy conservation. In the cases of A0, A1, and S0 incidence, the variations of the multireflection factors show similar tendencies to the existing results for glass. It is observed that the reflection of an incident wave becomes close to zero over a certain frequency range seen through energy interaction with other reflected modes, and increases again beyond this minimum point due to reverse mode conversion. The reflections of the higher symmetric incident modes, S1 and S2, are also investigated. It turns out that S1 mode is an unusual mode which is nearly unaffected by the mode conversion in the Lamb wave edge reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2097-2109
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - Apr 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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