This is a joint project with Dr Marc Deschamps at the University of Bordeaux.  The theory of guided wave propagation in plates is well understood for structures in which there is no significant energy loss, such as Lamb waves in a free metal plate.  However, there are circumstances when the energy of the waves may decay rather rapidly.  These include leaky waves, when a plate is immersed in a fluid or embedded in another solid, and damped waves, when materials such as plastics have strong energy-absorbing characteristics.  Theoretical models have been developed for these cases and are mostly satisfactory, but there are some aspects which are poorly understood.  This project aims to improve the understanding of the decay phenomena.  This understanding will be very valuable for the development of inspection techniques for such structures.


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