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New Perspectives on the Physical Origin of Acoustic Wood Anomalies

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Acoustic Wood anomaly is a pulsed ultrasound phenomenon in which sharp spectral anomalies such as tips or dips or both occur in the spectrum of a pulse reflected from or transmitted through a periodically corrugated interface for normal incidence. To date only surface acoustic waves generated on periodic interface through diffraction mechanism have been identified as the physical source of these spectral anomalies, and each anomaly has been proved being matched by specific order(s) of diffraction of related surface wave(s) with high accuracy. However, in this study, we report the observation of several anomalies that are not originated from surface waves, and an anomaly that cannot be matched by any individual order of diffraction. Using a proposed sectional analysis approach, comb filtering effect is proved to be a new source of spectral anomalies, and a multiple surface wave theory is developed not only to provide a satisfactory explanation for the unusual anomaly observed, but also to serve as a general guideline for understanding spectral anomaly formation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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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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