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Sound propagation in solids
Longitudinal and transverse waves can propagate in solids. If the solid is rod-shaped or plate-shaped, bending waves that are not pure longitudinal or transverse waves are also possible.
Pressure waves are pure longitudinal waves. The deflection consists of a shortening or stretching of the rod. Torsional waves, in which the movement consists in twisting the rod sections against each other, are pure transversal waves.
Longitudinal and transverse waves propagate at different speeds. The torsional modulus (see shear modulus) is included in the propagation speed of transverse waves (torsional waves).
Longitudinal waves, on the other hand, are associated with a one-sided compression of the rod. This is where the modulus of elasticity comes in.
However, this equation is only valid as long as the transverse dimensions of the rod are small compared to the wavelength. The theory gives the following expression for the velocity of the longitudinal wave in an infinitely extended medium:
- Tab. 1
- Velocities of sound in different media
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Air and liquids at 25 . The speed of longitudinal waves in solids is related to the formula (finite expansion of the solid). The speeds of sound in solids are dependent on their pretreatment.
The speed of propagation of flexural waves is dependent on high frequency. The higher the frequency, the faster the waves propagate. Because of this dispersion, the sound signals change on the way from the source to the receiver. If, for example, the ice layer of a frozen body of water is hit briefly, an observer who is sufficiently distant will hear a "piuuh" instead of a hit, i.e. first high and then lower frequencies in quick succession.