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Wave propagation velocity in solids

  1. Apr 1, 2008 #1
    Can some one give me a link where i can find details about finding the velocity of propagation of a mechanical wave in a solid? (i think this wave must be a transverse one)
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2008
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  3. Apr 1, 2008 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    Any decent continuum mechanics text will discuss this. Ditto geology texts, in the context of earthquakes and seismic activity. Acousto-optics will also deal with this, in the context of certain devices.

    The situation is more complex than you may think- there are both transverse (shear) and longitudinal (compression) waves, each with their own velocity.
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