Abstract

The solutions of many problems in seismology may be obtained by means of ultrasonic pulses propagating in small scale models. Thin sheets, serving as two dimensional models, are particularly advantageous because of their low cost, availability, ease of fabrication into various configurations, lower energy requirements, and appropriate dilatational-to-shear-velocity ratios. Four examples are presented: flexural waves in a sheet, Rayleigh waves in a low velocity layer overlying a semi-infinite high velocity layer, Rayleigh waves in a high velocity layer overlying a semi-infinite low velocity layer, and body and surface waves in a disk.

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