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The Decay of Plane Wave Pulses With Complex Structure in a Nonlinear Dissipative Medium

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Nonlinear plane acoustic waves propagating through a fluid are studied using Burgers' equation with finite viscosity. The evolution of a simple N-pulse with regular and random initial amplitude and of pulses with monochromatic and noise carrier is considered. In the latter case the initial pulses are characterized by two length scales. The length scale of the modulation function is much greater than the period or the length scale of the carrier. With increasing time the initial pulses are deformed and shocks appear. The finite viscosity leads to a finite shock width, which does not depend on the fine structure of the initial pulse and is fully determined by the shock position in the zero viscosity limit. The other effect of nonzero viscosity is the shift of the shock position from the position at zero viscosity. This shift, as well as the linear time, at which the nonlinear stage of evolution changes to the linear stage, depends on the fine structure of the initial pulse. It is also shown that the nonlinearity of the medium leads to generation of a nonzero mean field from an initial random field with zero mean value. The relative fluctuation of the field is investigated both at the nonlinear and the linear stage.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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