The Science and Applications of Acoustics

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The Science and Applications of Acoustics, Second Edition treats the full range of modern acoustics from the basics of wave propagation in solids and fluids to applications such as noise control and cancellation, underwater acoustics, music and music synthesis, sonoluminescence, and medical diagnostics with ultrasound.

The discussion begins with a historical overview. It then turns to derivations of the wave equation from the fundamental equations of motion for fluids and solids, with solutions of equations in open air and in bounded media such as strings, bars, membranes, and pipes; sound filters and electric analogs for sound propagation are also discussed. One chapter on measurement techniques provides a comprehensive survey of the means of evaluating sound levels and frequency content of signals, while another chapter on the physiology of hearing and psychoacoustics includes relatively recent findings on how the human ear functions and covers prosthetic devices. The remainder of the book deals with a wide variety of applications, including architectural acoustics; enclosures and barriers; noise codes and regulations and methods of noise control; underwater acoustics; ultrasound; vibration control; and music, musical instruments, and reproduction of music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387507576
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Raichel is Lifetime Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and the author or co-author of nearly 200 publications in the fields of acoustics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and energy transfer. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in five states, and has nearly twenty years of experience in teaching acoustics, thermodynamics, and other mechanical engineering courses to undergraduate and graduate students, and a nearly equal amount of experience in the aerospace industry. Dr. Raichel also served as visiting researcher on pyrotechnic shocks and underwater acoustics at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at the U.S. Navy’s David Taylor Basin, respectively. He is also a principal acoustician with Eilar Associates, an environmental consulting company in Encinitas, California.

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Table of Contents

1 A capsule history of acoustics 1
2 Fundamentals of acoustics 13
3 Sound wave propagation and characteristics 31
4 Vibrating strings 71
5 Vibrating bars 89
6 Membrane and plates 111
7 Pipes, waveguides, and resonators 131
8 Acoustic analogs, ducts, and filters 151
9 Sound-measuring instrumentation 173
10 Physiology of hearing and psychoacoustics 213
11 Acoustics of enclosed spaces : architectural acoustics 243
12 Walls, enclosures, and barriers 281
13 Criteria and regulations for noise control 319
14 Machinery noise control 357
15 Underwater acoustics 409
16 Ultrasonics 443
17 Commercial and medical ultrasound applications 479
18 Music and musical instruments 509
19 Sound reproduction 569
20 Vibration and vibration control 585
21 Nonlinear acoustics 617
App. A Physical properties of matter 629
App. B Bessel functions 633
App. C Using Laplace transforms to solve differential equations 637
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