On the scattering of torsional waves from axisymmetric defects in buried pipelines

Wenbo Duan, Ray Kirby, Peter Mudge

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This article develops a numerical model suitable for analysing elastic wave scattering in buried pipelines. The model is based on a previous so-called hybrid approach, where a nominally infinite length of pipe is split up into uniform and non-uniform regions. The key challenge for buried structures is in enforcing the appropriate boundary conditions in both the axial and radial directions, which must encompass the entire length of the structure, as well as the surrounding material. Accordingly, the focus of this article is on developing a model suitable for accurately applying these boundary conditions, and so the analysis is restricted here to the study of axisymmetric defects and to an incident sound field that consists of the fundamental torsional mode only. It is shown that this problem may be addressed in a numerically efficient way provided one carefully choses a perfectly matched layer for the surrounding material, and then integrates over this layer using a complex co-ordinate stretching function. This enables the use of mode matching to deliver a convergent system of equations that enforce the appropriate axial and radial boundary conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3250-3261
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017


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