Experimental multimode traveling waves identification in an acoustic waveguide

Yoav Vered, Izhak Bucher

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An essential part of nondestructive testing and experimental modeling of waveguides is the decomposition of propagating wave patterns. The traveling wave ratio is a measure of partial reflections assisting in quantifying the pureness of a single traveling wave from a power flow perspective. This paper expands the notion of traveling wave ratio for multimode systems and outlines several schemes capable of decomposing the waves into their different traveling modes while quantifying their traveling and standing proportions individually. A method to strike an optimal balance between increasing model order and to maintain low uncertainty is proposed. An experimental study performed on an acoustic wave tube, which utilizes the various methods while assessing their accuracy and performance, is reported. The results described here emphasize the importance of including additional propagating modes. In addition, the results illustrate the capability of using the recursive multichannel least-mean-squares method for both a fast decomposition and as a basis to formulate closed-loop schemes controlling the wave's propagation patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107515
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
StatePublished - 15 May 2021


  • Acoustic waveguide
  • Model order selection
  • Model-based identification
  • NDT of acoustic properties
  • Parameter sensitivity analysis
  • Traveling waves

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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