Mode Conversion and Resonance Scattering of Elastic Waves from a Cylindrical, FluidFilled Cavity.
Abstract
Mode conversion and scattering of compressional and shear waves from cylindrical cavities are studied by performing partial wave expansions of the incident and scattered fields. A mathematical analysis, supported by extensive numerical calculations, shows that each partial wave spectrum consists of a smooth background identical to that of an empty cavity and a series of resonance terms associated with the eigenvibrations of the cavity's fluid interior. Resonance scattering of elastic waves is shown to occur when circumferential waves are excited in the fluid interior of the cavity. The resonances which appear in successive normal modes of vibration of the cavity are related through a common feature of the scattering amplitude known in modern physics as a Regge pole. The scattering matrix for the cavity is defined and its unitary and symmetry properties are discussed. Argand diagrams of the trajectories of the Smatrix elements in the complex plane are shown to have certain easily recognized features which are associated with the cavity resonances. The theory is applied to the calculation of the scattering crosssection of the cavity for timeharmonic elastic waves. Using the unitary property of the scattering matrix, expressions for the total scattering crosssections are obtained which closely resemble the Optical Theorem of modern physics.
 Publication:

Ph.D. Thesis
 Pub Date:
 1980
 Bibcode:
 1980PhDT.......180S
 Keywords:

 Physics: Acoustics