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Maxima and minima of the displacement components for the Lamb modes

Abstract : This paper revisits the vanishing of the transverse component of the particle displacement vector in free surfaces of an isotropic homogeneous plate, for both symmetric and antisymmetric Lamb waves. Drawing on well-known analytical expressions from Viktorov’s book [(1967) Rayleigh and Lamb Waves: Physical Theory Applications, Chap. II, pp. 67–121], two distinct frequency-thickness product expressions, in cases where this vanishing occurs, are derived: one for the symmetric modes and another for the antisymmetric modes. At these frequency-thickness products, phase and group velocities have appreciable values which are discussed herein. It appears that these velocities depend on the transverse bulk wave velocity only. This is the specific condition of the Lamé modes. Moreover, theoretical and experimental investigations of displacements in the surface of a plate in air have been carried out. The theoretical part shows that the normal and transverse displacements have, respectively, a local maximum and a local minimum in the vicinity of these frequency-thickness products. The experimental part corroborates the presence of the local maximum of the S0 Lamb mode for various materials.
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Farid Chati, Fernand Léon, Dominique Décultot, Gérard Maze. Maxima and minima of the displacement components for the Lamb modes. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, 2011, 129 (4), pp.1899--1904. ⟨10.1121/1.3559702⟩. ⟨hal-01933838⟩

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