DOI: 10.1177/10775463231196185 ISSN:

Systematic investigations on frequency mixing response of ultrasonic shear horizontal and Rayleigh Lamb waves

Chang Jiang, Weibin Li, Mingxi Deng
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • General Materials Science

The study of self- and cross-interactions of shear horizontal (SH) waves has garnered significant attention in the field of nonlinear ultrasonic practice. This interest stems from the potential high sensitivity of SH waves to microdamage and their low out-of-plane attenuation characteristics. However, due to the dispersive nature and intricate mechanisms governing guided wave propagations and interactions, the nonlinear responses of SH waves, particularly the third-order harmonic generation and wave mixing with Rayleigh Lamb (RL) waves, remain largely unexplored. This study presents a comprehensive investigation into the ultrasonic harmonic wave generation of SH guided waves. The research approach combines theoretical considerations and finite element modeling to investigate and discuss guided wave mixing involving SH and RL waves. Six cases of phase-matched wave mode pairs are developed based on deduced synchronism and symmetry conditions. A nonlinear material constitutive model, encompassing both the third- and fourth-order elastic constants, is incorporated into the simulation. The results of the numerical analysis reveal the existence of newly generated higher and combined harmonic waves in an intuitive manner. Specifically, the interactions between ultrasonic SH and RL guided waves are observed to generate second- and third-order combined harmonic waves at the mixing frequencies under internal resonant conditions. The nonlinear waves have a cumulative effect during the mixing period, with their amplitude remaining constant after passing through the mixing zone. This study provides the first observation of mode conversion and third-order combined harmonic generation of SH waves. The insights gained from the numerical perspective offer understandings of the frequency mixing response of SH waves.

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