ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

5aPA3. Acoustic microscopy and dispersion of leaky Rayleigh waves on randomly rough surfaces: A theoretical study.

Claudio Pecorari

G. A. D. Briggs

Dept. of Mater., Oxford Univ., Oxford OX1 3PH, UK

A theoretical investigation of the dispersion of leaky Rayleigh waves propagating along one-dimensional, rough, fluid--solid interfaces was carried out by simulating the measurement process of a line-focus acoustic microscope. The interface profiles were described in terms of their rms, also known as the roughness of the profile, autocorrelation length, and autocorrelation function. Theoretical V(z) curves were obtained and analyzed to yield values of the phase velocity of the Rayleigh waves. The reflectivity of the interfaces was calculated by using a second-order perturbation approach in the profile roughness. The dependence of the Rayleigh wave velocity on the profile and material parameters was examined. Significant variations of the phase velocity were found for values of the roughness which are small compared to the shortest of the wavelengths involved in the scattering. Similarly, the dispersion relations showed considerable sensitivity to changes in mechanical properties typical of materials of engineering interest. In the low-frequency range, on the other hand, simulations illustrated the dispersion of Rayleigh waves to be rather insensitive to the spectral content of the profile. [Work performed within the LINK Project on Characterization of Surface and Sub-Surface Damage.]