Frequency-domain acoustic NDE of three-layered media: The inverse problem Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a frequency-domain ultrasonic technique for a simultaneous determination of the thickness (h) and wavespeed (c) of the individual layers comprising a multilayered medium using the entire complex spectrum. Each of the layers may be `thin'; by thin we mean that the successive reflections of an ultrasonic pulse from the two faces of a layer are non-separable in the time domain. Plane longitudinal waves which are normally incident upon the medium are considered. A systematic analysis of the sensitivity of the complex-valued transfer function to the acoustical parameters of each of the layers has been carried out. Successful inversion results are presented for several three-layer specimens: aluminum/water/aluminum, aluminum/water/titanium, and titanium/water/titanium.

published proceedings

  • Journal De Physique

author list (cited authors)

  • Kinra, V. K., & Zhu, C.

complete list of authors

  • Kinra, VK||Zhu, C

publication date

  • May 1994