J. Phys. IV France
Volume 04, Numéro C5, Mai 1994
3ème Congrés français d'acoustique
3rd French conference on acoustics
Page(s) C5-1151 - C5-1160
3ème Congrés français d'acoustique
3rd French conference on acoustics

J. Phys. IV France 04 (1994) C5-1151-C5-1160

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:19945254

Frequency-domain ultrasonic NDE of three-layered media : the inverse problem


Center for Mechanics of Composites, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, U.S.A.

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.

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