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


  • Part II of this two-part paper is concerned with the inverse problem: given the measured transfer function, deduce any one of the four acoustical properties of a thin, linear-viscoelastic plate (thickness, wave-speed, density or attenuation) given the remaining three, through a comparison with the theoretically predicted transfer function. A systematic and detailed analysis of the sensitivity of the through-transmission transfer function to the four acoustical parameters is presented. An inverse algorithm, which utilizes the well-known secant method in conjunction with the method of least squares, is used to deduce the acoustical parameters. The technique is fully automated and computer controlled and can be easily adapted for in situ NDE applications. The technique is used to measure the acoustical properties of plates made up of aluminium (thickness = 100 μm to 2 mm), steel (25 μm-500 μm), brass (1.625 mm), glass (1 mm), Plexiglas (500 μm-2 mm) and bulk epoxy (1.54mm), using commercially available, low frequency transducers (0.5-10 MHz). The errors are frequency dependent and become progressively worse as frequency decreases. In the case of thickness, where the sensitivity is relatively large, excellent results were obtained down to ( h gl) = O(10-2), where h is the layer thickness and λ is the wavelength. © 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