Ultrasonic measurement of the thickness, phase velocity, density or attenuation of a thin-viscoelastic plate. Part I: the forward problem Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this two-part paper is to present a new technique for ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of any one of the four acoustical properties of a 'thin plate' (thickness, wave-speed, density or attenuation) assuming the other three are known. The technique utilizes plane longitudinal waves that are normally incident upon a viscoelastic plate immersed in an elastic fluid (water). By a 'thin plate' we mean a situation where two successive echoes from the specimen cannot be separated in the time domain. Part I is concerned with the forward problem. The through-transmission transfer function of a plate is examined in detail for a variety of engineering materials. The comparison between theory and experiment is found to be excellent except at a few frequencies; here, the discrepancy may be attributed to the (conjectured) excitation of the spurious leaky-Lamb waves. © 1995.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kinra, V. K., & Iyer, V. R.

complete list of authors

  • Kinra, Vikram K||Iyer, Vasudevan R

publication date

  • January 1, 1995 11:11 AM