Fluid-coupled waveguide for leaky guided waves

Michal Bezděk, Bernhard R. Tittmann, Kathy L. Joseph

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This paper is inspired by an earlier work [1], [2], which introduced a fluid-coupled waveguide for guided waves in the frequency range from 1.25 MHz to 5 MHz. It consists of two parallel solid plates separated by a liquid layer. Experiments indicate that this type of waveguide is capable of sustaining waves over large distances without significant losses. Possible applications include non-destructive testing and position measurement. In this paper, the wave modes propagating in the waveguide are studied by means of finite element simulations and experiments. First, the simulation model is described and validated for the case of pure plate waves. The obtained dispersion diagrams are in good agreement with the well-known theory for Lamb waves. Furthermore, the first simulation and experimental results for the complete waveguide setup are presented. Sample dispersion diagrams are provided, and it is demonstrated that the waveguide sustains slowly propagating waves. Finally, the effect of the incidence angle of the wedge transducer on activation of various wave modes is briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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