Structural configuration study for an acoustic wave sensor

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dc.contributor Williams, Keith A.
dc.contributor Wang, Jialai
dc.contributor Barkey, Mark E.
dc.contributor Shen, Xiangrong
dc.contributor.advisor Shepard, W. Steve
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Biaobiao
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:27:08Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:27:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000937
dc.identifier.other Zhang_alatus_0004D_11142
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1429
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract A continuous structure has several response characteristics that make it a candidate for a sensor used to locate an acoustic source. Primary goals in developing such a sensor structure are to ensure that the response is rich enough to provide information about the impinging acoustic wave and to detect the direction of travel without being too sensitive to background noise. As such, there are several factors that must be examined with regard to sensor configuration and measurement requirements. This dissertation describes a set of studies that examine various configuration requirements for such a sensor. Some of the parameters of interest include the size, or aperture of the structure, boundary conditions, material properties, and thickness. The response of the structure to transient sinusoidal wave excitations will be examined analytically. The time-domain response of an Euler-Bernoulli beam excited by a traveling sinusoidal excitation is obtained based on modal superposition and verified by using a finite element method. Then, an approach using simple basis functions will be applied to achieve the goal of more efficient response and force identification. The moving force is identified in the time domain by extending previous inverse approaches. The Tikhonov regularization technique provides bounds to the ill-conditioned results in the identification problem. Both simulated displacement and velocity are considered for use in the inverse. To evaluate the method and examine various configurations, simulations with different numbers of sinusoidal half-cycles exciting the sensor structure are studied. Various levels of random noise are also added to the simulated displacements and velocities responses in order to study the effect of noise in moving wave load identification. Such a new approach in acoustic sensing has applications in the areas of security and disaster recovery.
dc.format.extent 132 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.haspart Supplementary materials include Dissertation committee members' signature in PDF.
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Mechanical engineering
dc.subject.other Acoustics
dc.title Structural configuration study for an acoustic wave sensor
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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