Impedance and Attenuation Profile Estimation of Multilayered Material From Reflected Ultrasound

Tainsong Chen, Bong Ho, H. Roland Zapp

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This paper presents time-domain and spectral-shift methods for determining the attenuation and impedance profiles of multilayered structures. The time-domain technique utilizes two-sided interrogation to measure attenuation and acoustic impedance for individual layers separately under the assumption of a narrowband incident wave. This method is based solely on peak amplitude ratios of successive time-domain echo returns from both sides of the target. The spectral shift technique requires that the propagating pulse has a Gaussian-shaped spectrum, and the transfer function of each layer be characterized by either linear or quadratic frequency dependent attenuation. This method derives the attenuation coefficients and acoustic impedances for individual layers from the information of spectral shift and spectral amplitude peak ratios of the successive gated pulses from single sided interrogation. Experimental results are compared with published data to confirm the validity of these approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-791
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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