Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 2759–2762 | Cite as

A theory of acoustic measurement of the elastic constants of a general anisotropic solid

  • W. C. Van Buskirk
  • S. C. Cowin
  • R. CarterJr


An acoustic wave approach is presented for the measurement of the twenty-one independent elastic constants of the most general linearly elastic anisotropic solid. The method requires that one be able to measure the density of the material, the velocities of the three modes of wave propagation in each of six directions, and the particle displacements associated with each of those modes.


Polymer Wave Propagation Acoustic Wave Elastic Constant Elastic Anisotropic 
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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Van Buskirk
    • 1
  • S. C. Cowin
    • 1
  • R. CarterJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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