Elastic Waves in Composite Media and Structures: With Applications to Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Elastic Waves in Composite Media and Structures

With Applications to Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation, 1st Edition

By Subhendu K. Datta, Arvind H. Shah

CRC Press

336 pages | 142 B/W Illus.

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New applications for composite materials are being developed at a rapid pace. However, their complex microstructures present considerable challenges for nondestructive testing and characterization. Ultrasonic waves provide quantitative means of nondestructive evaluation of these materials and structures. For this purpose, it is necessary to obtain a clear understanding of the characteristic features of guided elastic wave propagation in such materials and structures and their dynamic response..

Elastic Waves in Composite Media and Structures presents effective analytical and numerical techniques to study the characteristic features of elastic guided waves in fiber reinforced laminated media. The book closely examines the salient features of dispersive guided modes and how they are modified by defects, inhomogeneities, and boundaries. An accompanying CD-ROM contains executable computer programs, which can be used to simulate different scenarios for designing and interpreting ultrasonic experiments.

Using the extensive numerical results provided by this cutting-edge resource, researchers and practitioners will gain valuable insight into how to develop effective methods for nondestructive testing of composite materials.


The authors present fundamental equations and their solutions for plane wave propagation in an infinite homogeneous anisotropic elastic material. … A systematic investigation of the effect of different fiber layups and increasing number of laminae on the dispersion characteristics reveals features that are useful for experimental determination of lamina properties. … Comparison with some available experimental results shows good agreement between the model results and observations.

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Table of Contents


Historical Background

Scope of the Book

Fundamentals of Elastic Waves in Anisotropic Media

Waves in Homogeneous Elastic Media: Formulation of Field Equations

Plane Waves in a Homogeneous Anisotropic Medium

Numerical Results and Discussion

Periodic Layered Media


Description of the Problem

Numerical Results


Guided Waves in Fiber-Reinforced Composite Plates


Governing Equations

Numerical Results

Application to Materials Characterization

Thin Layers

Guided Waves in Plates with Thin Coating and Interface Layers

Transient Response due to a Concentrated Source of Excitation

Laminated Plate with Interface Layers


Laser-Generated Thermoelastic Waves

Results for Thermoelastic Dispersion and Laser-Generated Waves

Wave Propagation in Composite Cylinders


Governing Equations

Analytical Solution for Transversely Isotropic Composite Cylinder

Stiffness Method I

Stiffness Method II

Numerical Results—Circular CylinderGuided Waves in a Cylinder of Arbitrary Cross Section

Numerical Results—Cylinder with Rectangular and Trapezoidal Cross Sections

Harmonic Response of a Composite Circular Cylinder due to a Point Force

Forced Motion of Finite-Width Plate

Scattering of Guided Waves in Plates and Cylinders


Scattering in a Plate

Scattering in a Pipe

Appendix A: Computer Programs


Executing Programs


About the Series

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series

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SCIENCE / Mechanics / General