Accession Number : AD0787878

Title :   The Propagation of a Spherical N Wave in an Absorbing Medium and Its Diffraction by a Circular Aperture.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN APPLIED RESEARCH LABS

Personal Author(s) : Anderson,Mark O.

Report Date : AUG 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : The report investigates the effects of finite amplitude on the diffraction of a spherical N wave by a circular aperture. The investigation was to be carried out in the farfield of the aperture, i.e., where the incident and diffracted signals were not completely resolved. An experiment was done in which an N wave was produced by an electric spark. A condenser microphone received the acoustic signal, and an aperture in a rigid baffle was placed between the spark and the microphone. The preliminary investigations revealed that, in the farfield, absorptions as well as nonlinear distortion is important. A computer algorithm was developed in which the effects of nonlinear distortion and absorption are combined in a stepwise manner. To test the algorithm, it was used to predict the waveform of a propagating N wave. The predicted waveforms agree very favorably with experiment. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Acoustic waves, *Diffraction, Shock waves, Waveforms, Signal processing, Integral equations, Computer programs

Subject Categories : Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE