The self-consistent method of averaging elastic moduli to define the effective medium of a polycrystal is used to investigate the dynamic problem of wave propagation. An alternative covariance tensor describing the elastic moduli fluctuations of the polycrystal containing self-consistent elastic properties is derived and found to be significantly smaller than the covariance tensor formed through traditional Voigt averaging. Attenuation curves are generated using the self-consistent elastic moduli and covariance tensors and these results are compared with previous Voigt-averaged estimates. The second-order polycrystalline dispersion relation for the self-consistent scheme is found for cases of low and high crystallite anisotropy. The attenuation coefficients and dispersion relations derived through the self-consistent scheme are considerably different than previous estimates. Experimentally measured longitudinal attenuation coefficients support the use of the self-consistent scheme for estimation of attenuation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Modeling and Simulation
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Computational Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics