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Surface acoustic wave depth profiling of a functionally graded material

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Goossens, Jozefien ; Laboratorium voor Akoestiek en Thermische Fysica, Departement Natuurkunde en Sterrenkunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, PO 2416, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium ; Leclaire, P. ; Xu, Xiaodong ; Glorieux, Christ
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The potential and limitations of Rayleigh wave spectroscopy to characterize the elastic depth profile of heterogeneous functional gradient materials are investigated by comparing simulations of the surface acoustic wave dispersion curves of different profile-spectrum pairs. This inverse problem is shown to be quite ill posed. The method is then applied to extract information on the depth structure of a glass-ceramic (alumina) functionally graded material from experimental data. The surface acoustic wave analysis suggests the presence of a uniform coating region consisting of a mixture of Al2O3 and glass, with a sharp transition between the coating and the substrate. This is confirmed by scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray analysis.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:102 ,  Issue: 5 )