ASA 128th Meeting - Austin, Texas - 1994 Nov 28 .. Dec 02

2pPAb4. Sound propagation in capillary-tube-type porous media: Effects due to the presence of absorbed water in the capillary walls.

Miguel Bernard

James M. Sabatier

Natl. Ctr. for Phys. Acoust., Univ. of Mississippi, University, MS 38677

The effects on sound propagation is investigated in air-filled capillary-tube-type ceramic porous media that result from the presence of small quantities of absorbed water in the tube walls. Specific acoustic impedance measurements are performed for a rigid-backed sample for the cases of both porous and nonporous tube walls. For the nonporous tube walls measurements are performed on dry and water wetted walls. Preliminary results suggest a contribution to the increased attenuation of sound in the air-filled porous samples due to the presence of a thin water film. [Work supported in part by ONR.]