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Waves vs. deformation

  1. Mar 20, 2012 #1
    I have a little question about waves. Waves deform its medium elastically. For example: sound waves will propagtae through air because of local compression and decompression of the air.

    Is it possible for a material to get ductile deformation by means of a wave. Can I deform a material irreversibel with a sound wave for example?

    grtz
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2012 #2

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    Yes, if it is strong enough.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2012 #3
    And has this (industrial) applications?
    May I extend this also to the phenomen of the shockwave during an earthquake, wich produces a very strong wave and has characteristics to deform the earth and structures on this earth?

    grtz
     
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