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J Acoust Soc Am. 2011 Dec;130(6):4126-38. doi: 10.1121/1.3655883.

Estimating material viscoelastic properties based on surface wave measurements: a comparison of techniques and modeling assumptions.

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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 842 West Taylor Street MC 251, Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA. troyston@uic.edu

Abstract

Previous studies of the first author and others have focused on low audible frequency (<1 kHz) shear and surface wave motion in and on a viscoelastic material comprised of or representative of soft biological tissue. A specific case considered has been surface (Rayleigh) wave motion caused by a circular disk located on the surface and oscillating normal to it. Different approaches to identifying the type and coefficients of a viscoelastic model of the material based on these measurements have been proposed. One approach has been to optimize coefficients in an assumed viscoelastic model type to match measurements of the frequency-dependent Rayleigh wave speed. Another approach has been to optimize coefficients in an assumed viscoelastic model type to match the complex-valued frequency response function (FRF) between the excitation location and points at known radial distances from it. In the present article, the relative merits of these approaches are explored theoretically, computationally, and experimentally. It is concluded that matching the complex-valued FRF may provide a better estimate of the viscoelastic model type and parameter values; though, as the studies herein show, there are inherent limitations to identifying viscoelastic properties based on surface wave measurements.

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