Acoustoelasticity theory and applications for fluid-saturated porous media

Michael A. Grinfeld, Andrew N. Norris

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The general theory for small dynamic motion superimposed upon large static deformation, or acoustoelasticity, is developed for isotropic fluid- filled poroelastic solids. Formulas are obtained for the change in acoustic wave speeds for arbitrary loading, both on the frame and the pore fluid. Specific experiments are proposed to find the complete set of third-order elastic moduli for an isotropic poroelastic medium. Because of the larger number of third-order moduli involved, seven as compared with three for a simple elastic medium, experiments combining open-pore, closed-pore, jacketed, and unjacketed configurations are required. The details for each type of loading are presented, and a set of possible experiments is discussed. The present theory is applicable to fluid-saturated, biconnected porous solids, such as sandstones or consolidated granular media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1368-1374
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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