Ultrasound has found an increasing number of applications in recent years due to greatly increased computing power. Ultrasound devices are often preferred over other devices because of their lower cost, portability, and non-invasive nature. Patients using ultrasound can avoid the dangers of radiological imaging devices such as x-rays, CT scans, and radioactive media injections. Ultrasound is also a preferred and practical method of detecting material fatique and defects in metals, composites, semiconductors, wood, etc.

Key Features

Detailed appendices contain useful formulas and their derivations, technical details of relevant theories The FAQ format is used where a concept in one answer leads to a new Q&A


Engineers and technicians, material scientists and biomedical engineers involved in the design and use of ultrasonic instruments.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Preface Acknowledgments 1 Introduction 2 Definitions and Background 3 Wave Propagation Concepts 4 Wave Interactions 5 Hardware: Equipment Concepts 6 Software: Data Processing App. 1 Stress, Strain, and Elasticity (Also Vectors and Tensors) App. 2 The Generalized Hooke's Law App. 3 States of Stress or Strain in Waves App. 4 Balance of Forces and Newton's Law of Inertia App. 5 Theory of Wave Propagation App. 6 Solutions to the Wave Equations App. 7 Dispersion, Group Velocity App. 8 Transducer Beam Forming App. 9 Solutions for Anisotropy App. 10 Oblique Interactions between Waves and Boundaries App. 11 Lateral Stress and Strain in Rods under Axial Loads App. 12 Bending Waves in Beams and Plates App. 13 Time-Domain Analysis References Index


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About the author

Brian Lempriere

Dr. Lempriere is a retired aerospace engineer with expertise in the mechanical properties and behavior of materials. He worked for 33 years in the aerospace industry at both Boeing and Lockheed.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bellevue, Washigton, U.S.A.


"Ultrasound and Elastic Waves" is interesting for use as an introduction and reference for non-specialists and newcomers in the field. Friedrich Kremer, Universitaet Leipzig