Iterative solution to bulk wave propagation in polycrystalline materials

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This article reevaluates two foundational models for bulk ultrasonic wave propagation in polycrystals. A decoupling of real and imaginary parts of the effective wave number permits a simple iterative method to obtain longitudinal and shear wave attenuation constants and phase velocity relations. The zeroth-order solution is that of Weaver [J. Mech. Phys. Solids 38, 55-86 (1990)]. Continued iteration converges to the unified theory solution of Stanke and Kino [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 75, 665-681 (1984)]. The converged solution is valid for all frequencies. The iterative method mitigates the need to solve a nonlinear, complex-valued system of equations, which makes the models more robust and accessible to researchers. An analysis of the variation between the solutions is conducted and is shown to be proportional to the degree of inhomogeneity in the polycrystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1804-1811
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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