Nonlinear acoustic applications for material characterization: A review

Yongping Zheng, Roman Gr Maev, Igor Yu Solodov

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The nonlinear acoustic applications for material characterization are reviewed. The general theoretical analysis of the effects of nonlinearity, dissipation, dispersion, and diffraction on intense acoustic-wave propagation is given. Acoustic nonlinear parameters and their determination methods are introduced. The investigations of nonlinear acoustic applications for solid material evaluation are discussed for different levels of disruption, from asymmetry of lattice structure and dislocation in crystals to disbonds and cracks in engineering materials. The experimental methods involved in these investigations are also considered. The techniques used for nonlinear acoustic imaging are divided into two categories, concerned with resolution improvement by using higher harmonics, and nonlinear parametric imaging. The nonlinear acoustic applications in biomedical imaging, acoustic microscopy, and nonlinear nondestructive evaluation are presented. Finally, the issues that need further investigations in this area are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-967
Number of pages41
JournalCanadian Journal of Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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