EE 384N: Acoustics

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


Topic: 1 - Acoustics I Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 1: Acoustics). Plane waves in fluids; transient and steady-state reflection and transmission; lumped elements; refraction; strings, membranes, and rooms; horns; ray acoustics; absorption and dispersion. Topic: 2 - Acoustics II Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 2: Acoustics II). Spherical and cylindrical waves, radiation and scattering, multipole expansions, GreenÕs functions, waveguides, sound beams, Fourier acoustics, Kirchhoff theory of diffraction, and arrays. Topic: 3 - Electromechanical Transducers Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 3: Electromechanical Transducers). Modeling, analysis, and design of transducers for reception and transmission of acoustic and vibration signals; dynamics of coupled electrical, mechanical, and acoustical systems; and the effects of transducer characteristics on fidelity and efficiency of transduction. Topic: 4 - Nonlinear Acoustics Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 4: Nonlinear Acoustics). Waveform distortion and shock formation, harmonic generation and spectral interactions, effects of absorption and dispersion, parametric arrays, Rankine-Hugoniot relations, weak shock theory, numerical modeling, radiation pressure, and acoustic streaming. Topic: 5 - Underwater Acoustics Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 5: Underwater Acoustics). Acoustical properties of the ocean; point sources and GreenÕs functions; reflection phenomena; ray theory; normal mode theory; guided waves in horizontally stratified fluid media; WKB and parabolic approximations. Topic: 6 - Architectural Acoustics Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 6: Architectural Acoustics). Human perception of sound, principles of room acoustics, sound-absorptive materials, transmission between rooms, and acoustical design of enclosed spaces. Topic: 7 - Ultrasonics Same as Mechanical Engineering 384N (Topic 7: Ultrasonics). Acoustic wave propagation in fluids, elastic solids, and tissue; transducers, arrays, and beamforming; nondestructive evaluation; and acoustical imaging.

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Graduate standing and consent of instructor.