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  1. Shear-wave velocity variation in jointed rock: an attempt to measure tide-induced variations

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    Beem, L.I.

    1987-08-01

    The use of the perturbation of seismic wave velocities by solid earth tides as a possible method of exploration for fractured media is discussed. Velocity of compressional seismic waves in fractured homogeneous rock has been observed to vary through solid earth tide cycles by a significant 0.5-0.9%. This variation of seismic velocities may be attributed to the opening and closing of joints by tidal stresses. In an attempt to see if shear-wave velocities show a similar velocity variation, a pneumatic shear-wave generator was used for the source. The 5 receivers, 3-component, 2.0 Hz, moving-coil geophones, were connected to a GEOS digital recorder. The two receivers located 120 m and 110 m from the source showed large shear-to-compression amplitude ratio and a high signal-to-noise ratio. A glaciated valley was chosen for the experiment site, since topography is flat and the granodiorite is jointed by a set of nearly orthogonal vertical joints, with superimposed horizontal sheeting joints. A slight velocity variation was noted in the first 200 consecutive firings; after which, the amplitude of the shear-wave begun to increase. This increase has been attributed to the compacting of the soil beneath the shear-wave generator (SWG). In the future, the soil will be compacted prior to placing the SWG or the SWG will be coupled directly to the rock to alleviate the amplitude fluctuation problem. This research may have application in exploration for fracture permeability in the rock mass between existing wells, by measuring seismic velocities from well to well through the tidal cycle.

  2. Coda wave interferometry for the measurement of thermally induced ultrasonic velocity variations in CFRP laminates

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    Livings, Richard; Dayal, Vinay; Barnard, Dan

    2016-02-01

    Ultrasonic velocity measurement is a well-established method to measure properties and estimate strength as well as detect and locate damage. Determination of accurate and repeatable ultrasonic wave velocities can be difficult due to the influence of environmental and experimental factors. Diffuse fields created by a multiple scattering environment have been shown to be sensitive to homogeneous strain fields such as those caused by temperature variations, and Coda Wave Interferometry has been used to measure the thermally induced ultrasonic velocity variation in concrete, aluminum, and the Earth's crust. In this work, we analyzed the influence of several parameters of the experimental configuration on the measurement of thermally induced ultrasonic velocity variations in a carbon-fiber reinforced polymer plate. Coda Wave Interferometry was used to determine the relative velocity change between a baseline signal taken at room temperature and the signal taken at various temperatures. The influence of several parameters of the experimental configuration, such as the material type, the receiver aperture size, and fiber orientation on the results of the processing algorithm was evaluated in order to determine the optimal experimental configuration.---This work is supported by the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Program of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University.

  3. Variation of Fundamental Mode Surface Wave Group Velocity Dispersion in Iran and the Surrounding Region

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    Rham, D. J.; Preistley, K.; Tatar, M.; Paul, A.

    2006-12-01

    We present group velocity dispersion results from a study of regional fundamental mode Rayleigh and Love waves propagating across Iran and the surrounding region. Data for these measurements comes from field deployments within Iran by the University of Cambridge (GBR) and the Universite Joseph-Fourier (FRA) in conjunction with International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (Iran), in addition to data from IRIS and Geofone. 1D path- averaged dispersion measurements have been made for ~5500 source-receiver paths using multiple filter analysis. We combine these observations in a tomographic inversion to produce group velocity images between 10 and 60 s period. Because of the dense path coverage, these images have substantially higher lateral resolution for this region than is currently available from global and regional group velocity studies. We observe variations in short-period wave group velocity which is consistent with the surface geology. Low group velocities (2.00-2.55 km/s) at short periods (10-20 s), for both Rayleigh and Love waves are observed beneath thick sedimentary deposits; The south Caspian Basin, Black Sea, the eastern Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, the Makran, the southern Turan shield, and the Indus and Gangetic basins. Somewhat higher group velocity (2.80-3.15 km/s for Rayleigh, and 3.00-3.40 km/s for Love) at these periods occur in sediment poor regions, such as; the Turkish-Iranian plateau, the Arabian shield, and Kazakhstan. At intermediate periods (30-40 s) group velocities over most of the region are low (2.65-3.20 km/s for Rayleigh, and 2.80-3.45 km/s for love) compared to Arabia (3.40-3.70 km/s Rayleigh, 3.50-4.0 km/s Love). At longer periods (50-60 s) Love wave group velocities remain low (3.25-3.70 km/s) over most of Iran, but there are even lower velocities (2.80-3.00 km/s) still associated with the thick sediments of the south Caspian basin, the surrounding shield areas have much higher group velocities (3.90-4.45 km/s) at these periods. A similar pattern is seen for longer period Rayleigh waves, with low velocities (2.85-3.60 km/s) beneath the Alpine-Himalaya belt, compared to the velocities (3.80-4.10 km/s) of the Turan and Arabian shields, to the north and south respectively, no large anomaly beneath the south Caspian is observed for these longer period Rayleigh waves.

  4. Premonitory Variations in S-Wave Velocity Anisotropy before Earthquakes in Nevada.

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    Gupta, I N

    1973-12-14

    Application of nonhydrostatic stress to rock induces velocity anisotropy, causing the S wave to split into two components traveling with somewhat different velocities. Large premonitory changes in the extent of S-wave splitting have been observed for two earthquakes in Nevada. Observations of the difference between the two S-wave velocities may provide a simple method for pedicting earthquakes. PMID:17810815

  5. Apparent changes in seismic wave velocity related to microseism noise source variations

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    Friderike Volk, Meike; Bean, Christopher; Lokmer, Ivan; Craig, David

    2014-05-01

    Currently there is a strong interest of using cross correlation of ambient noise for imaging of the subsurface or monitoring of various geological settings where we expect rapid changes (e.g. reservoirs or volcanoes). Through cross correlation retrieved Green's function is usually used to calculate seismic velocities of the subsurface. The assumption of this method is that the wavefields which are correlated must be diffuse. That means that the ambient noise sources are uniformly distributed around the receivers or the scattering in the medium is high enough to mitigate any source directivity. The location of the sources is usually unknown and it can change in time. These temporal and spatial variations of the microseism noise sources may lead to changes in the retrieved Green's functions. The changed Green's functions will then cause apparent changes in the calculated seismic velocity. We track the spatial and temporal distribution of the noise sources using seismic arrays, located in Ireland. It is a good location in which to study these effects, as it is tectonically very quiet and is relatively close to large microseism noise sources in the North Atlantic, allowing a quantification of noise source heterogeneity. Temporal variations in seismic wave velocity are calculated using data recorded in Ireland. The results are compared to the variations in microseism source locations. We also explore the minimum noise trace length required in Ireland for the Green's functions to converge. We quantify the degree to which apparent velocity variations using direct arrivals are caused by changes in the sources and assess if and at what frequencies the scattering of the medium in Ireland is high enough to homogenise the coda wavefield.

  6. Measurement of velocity variations along a wave path in the through-thickness direction in a plate.

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    Kawashima, Katsuhiro

    2005-01-01

    In this paper there is given a method to predict ultrasonic wave velocity variations along a wave path in the through-thickness direction in a plate from thickness resonance spectra. Thickness resonance spectra are numerically calculated and two simple rules used to predict the entire ultrasonic wave velocity variation are derived. In the calculation, the wave path is assumed to be straight along the thickness direction and the velocity variation is assumed to be either as a parabolic curve dependence or a linear dependence with respect to the distance from the surface and to be symmetric with respect to the plate center. To see if the numerical calculation method is reliable, thickness resonance frequencies of a sample with three-layers were measured by EMAT (electromagnetic acoustic transducer) with a good agreement between the measured and the calculated frequencies. This method can be applied to the ultrasonic measurement of material characteristics, internal stress or various other properties of plate materials. PMID:15556648

  7. Shear wave velocity variation across the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, from receiver function inversion

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    Bannister, S.; Bryan, C.J.; Bibby, H.M.

    2004-01-01

    The Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ), New Zealand is a region characterized by very high magma eruption rates and extremely high heat flow, which is manifest in high-temperature geothermal waters. The shear wave velocity structure across the region is inferred using non-linear inversion of receiver functions, which were derived from teleseismic earthquake data. Results from the non-linear inversion, and from forward synthetic modelling, indicate low S velocities at ???6- 16 km depth near the Rotorua and Reporoa calderas. We infer these low-velocity layers to represent the presence of high-level bodies of partial melt associated with the volcanism. Receiver functions at other stations are complicated by reverberations associated with near-surface sedimentary layers. The receiver function data also indicate that the Moho lies between 25 and 30 km, deeper than the 15 ?? 2 km depth previously inferred for the crust-mantle boundary beneath the TVZ. ?? 2004 RAS.

  8. Geological variation in S-wave velocity structures in Northern Taiwan and implications for seismic hazards based on ambient noise analysis

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    Lai, Ya-Chuan; Huang, Bor-Shouh; Huang, Yu-Chih; Yao, Huajian; Hwang, Ruey-Der; Huang, Yi-Ling; Chang, Wen-Yen

    2014-12-01

    Ambient noise analysis in Northern Taiwan revealed obvious lateral variations related to major geological units. The empirical Green's functions extracted from interstation ambient noise were regarded as Rayleigh waves, from which we analyzed the group velocities for period from 3 to 6 s. According to geological features, we divided Northern Taiwan into seven subregions, for which regionalized group velocities were derived by using the pure-path method. On average, the group velocities in mountain areas were higher than those in the plain areas. We subsequently inverted the S-wave velocity structure for each subregion down to 6 km in depth. Following the analysis, we proposed the first models of geology-dependent shallow S-wave structures in Northern Taiwan. Overall, the velocity increased substantially from west to east; specifically, the mountain areas, composed of metamorphic rocks, exhibited higher velocities than did the coastal plain and basin, which consist of soft sediment. At a shallow depth, the Western Coastal Plain, Taipei Basin, and Ilan Plain displayed a larger velocity gradient than did other regions. At the top 3 km of the model, the average velocity gradient was 0.39 km/s per km for the Western Coastal Plain and 0.15 km/s per km for the Central Range. These S-wave velocity models with large velocity gradients caused the seismic waves to become trapped easily in strata and, thus, the ground motion was amplified. The regionalized S-wave velocity models derived from ambient noises can provide useful information regarding seismic wave propagation and for assessing seismic hazards in Northern Taiwan.

  9. Reservoir time-lapse variations and coda wave interferometry

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    Tang, Jie; Li, Jing-Jing; Yao, Zhen-An; Shao, Jie; Sun, Cheng-Yu

    2015-06-01

    Coda waves are multiply scattered waves that arrive much later than the major waves. Small seismic velocity variations are observed in reservoirs because of small variations in reservoir properties, which affect the first arrivals. Hence, first arrivals cannot be used to detect small seismic velocity variations. However, small variations can be reliably detected by the coda waves because of the amplification owing to multiple scattering. We investigate the ability of coda wave interferometry to detect seismic velocity variations and monitor time-lapse reservoir characteristics using numerical simulations and experimental data. We use the Marmousi II model and finite-difference methods to build model seismic data and introduce small seismic velocity variations in the target layer. We examine the model seismic data before and after the changes and observe the coda waves. We find that velocity changes can be detected by coda wave interferometry and demonstrate that coda wave interferometry can be used in monitoring time-lapse reservoir characteristics.

  10. Wave Tank Studies of Phase Velocities of Short Wind Waves

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    Ermakov, S.; Sergievskaya, I.; Shchegolkov, Yu.

    Wave tank studies of phase velocities of short wind waves have been carried out using Ka-band radar and an Optical Spectrum Analyser. The phase velocities were retrieved from measured radar and optical Doppler shifts, taking into account measurements of surface drift velocities. The dispersion relationship was studied in centimetre (cm)- and millimetre(mm)-scale wavelength ranges at different fetches and wind speeds, both for a clean water surface and for water covered with surfactant films. It is ob- tained that the phase velocities do not follow the dispersion relation of linear capillary- gravity waves, increasing with fetch and, therefore, depending on phase velocities of dominant decimetre (dm)-centimetre-scale wind waves. One thus can conclude that nonlinear cm-mm-scale harmonics bound to the dominant wind waves and propagat- ing with the phase velocities of the decimetric waves are present in the wind wave spectrum. The resulting phase velocities of short wind waves are determined by re- lation between free and bound waves. The relative intensity of the bound waves in the spectrum of short wind waves is estimated. It is shown that this relation depends strongly on the surfactant concentration, because the damping effect due to films is different for free and bound waves; this results to changes of phase velocities of wind waves in the presence of surfactant films. This work was supported by MOD, UK via DERA Winfrith (Project ISTC 1774P) and by RFBR (Project 02-05-65102).

  11. Local surface skimming longitudinal wave velocity and residual stress mapping.

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    Sathish, Shamachary; Martin, Richard W; Moran, Thomas J

    2004-01-01

    Local variation in surface skimming longitudinal wave (SSLW) velocity has been measured using a scanning acoustic microscope. A very narrow width electrical impulse has been used to excite the transducer of the acoustic lens. This permits the separation of the SSLW signal from the direct reflected signal in the time domain. A simple method of measuring the time delay between the directly reflected signal and the SSLW signal at two defocuses has been utilized for the local measurement of SSLW velocity. The variation in the SSLW velocity measured over an area of the sample is scaled and presented as an image. The method has been implemented to image the variation of the SSLW velocity around a crack tip in a sample of Ti-6Al-4V. Since the SSLW velocity is known to change linearly with the stress, the SSLW velocity image is considered as a representation of the image of stress around the crack tip. Local stress variation in the same region of the crack tip is directly measured using x-ray diffraction. The SSLW velocity image is compared with the x-ray diffraction stress image. The contrast in the two images, spatial resolution, and the penetration depth into the sample of acoustic waves and x rays are discussed. PMID:14759007

  12. Local surface skimming longitudinal wave velocity and residual stress mapping

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    Sathish, Shamachary; Martin, Richard W.; Moran, Thomas J.

    2004-01-01

    Local variation in surface skimming longitudinal wave (SSLW) velocity has been measured using a scanning acoustic microscope. A very narrow width electrical impulse has been used to excite the transducer of the acoustic lens. This permits the separation of the SSLW signal from the direct reflected signal in the time domain. A simple method of measuring the time delay between the directly reflected signal and the SSLW signal at two defocuses has been utilized for the local measurement of SSLW velocity. The variation in the SSLW velocity measured over an area of the sample is scaled and presented as an image. The method has been implemented to image the variation of the SSLW velocity around a crack tip in a sample of Ti-6Al-4V. Since the SSLW velocity is known to change linearly with the stress, the SSLW velocity image is considered as a representation of the image of stress around the crack tip. Local stress variation in the same region of the crack tip is directly measured using x-ray diffraction. The SSLW velocity image is compared with the x-ray diffraction stress image. The contrast in the two images, spatial resolution, and the penetration depth into the sample of acoustic waves and x rays are discussed.

  13. Orbital velocities induced by surface waves

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    Shay, Lynn K.; Walsh, Edward J.; Zhang, Pen Chen

    1994-01-01

    During the third intensive observational period of the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE), an aircraft-based experiment was conducted on 5 March 1991 by deploying slow-fall airborne expendable current profilers (AXCPs) and airborne expendable bathythermographs (AXBTs) during a scanning radar altimeter (SRA) flight on the NASA NP-3A research aircraft. As the Gulf Stream (GS) moved into the SWADE domain in late February, maximum upper-layer currents of 1.98 m/s were observed in the core of the baroclinic jet where the vertical current shears were O(10(exp -2)/s). The SRA concurrently measured the sea surface topography, which was transformed into two-dimensional directional wave spectra at 5-6-km intervals along the flight tracks. The wave spectra indicated a local wave field with wavelengths of 40-60 m propagating southward between 120 deg and 180 deg, and a northward-moving swell field from 300 deg to 70 deg associated with significant wave heights of 2-4 m. As the AXCP descended through the upper ocean, the profiler sensed orbital velocity amplitudes of 0.2-0.5 m/s due to low-frequency surface waves. These orbital velocities were isolated by fitting the observed current profiles to the three-layer model based on a monochromatic surface wave, including the steady and current shear terms within each layer. The depth-integrated differences between the observed and modeled velocity profiles were typically less than 3 cm/s. For 17 of the 21 AXCP drop sites, the rms orbital velocity amplitudes, estimated by integrating the wave spectra over direction and frequency, were correlated at a level of 0.61 with those derived from the current profiles. The direction of wave propagation inferred from the AXCP-derived orbital velocities was in the same direction observed by the SRA. These mean wave directions were highly correlated (0.87) and differed only by about 5 deg.

  14. Elastic wave velocities of Apollo 14, 15, and 16 rocks

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    Mizutani, H.; Newbigging, D. F.

    1973-01-01

    Elastic wave velocities of two Apollo 14 rocks, 14053 and 14321, three Apollo 15 rocks, 15058, 15415, and 15545, and one Apollo 16 rock 60315 have been determined at pressures up to 10 kb. For sample 14321, the variation of the compressional wave velocities with temperature has been measured over the temperature range from 27 to 200 C. Overall elastic properties of these samples except sample 15415 are very similar to those of Apollo 11, 12, and 14 rocks and are concordant with Toksoz et al.'s (1972) interpretation that lunar upper crust is of basaltic composition. Temperature derivative of the P wave velocity for sample 14321 is a half to one order of magnitude larger than that for single crystalline minerals. This suggests that the seismic velocity in the lunar crust may be affected significantly by the temperature distribution.

  15. Wave measurements using GPS velocity signals.

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    Doong, Dong-Jiing; Lee, Beng-Chun; Kao, Chia Chuen

    2011-01-01

    This study presents the idea of using GPS-output velocity signals to obtain wave measurement data. The application of the transformation from a velocity spectrum to a displacement spectrum in conjunction with the directional wave spectral theory are the core concepts in this study. Laboratory experiments were conducted to verify the accuracy of the inversed displacement of the surface of the sea. A GPS device was installed on a moored accelerometer buoy to verify the GPS-derived wave parameters. It was determined that loss or drifting of the GPS signal, as well as energy spikes occurring in the low frequency band led to erroneous measurements. Through the application of moving average skill and a process of frequency cut-off to the GPS output velocity, correlations between GPS-derived, and accelerometer buoy-measured significant wave heights and periods were both improved to 0.95. The GPS-derived one-dimensional and directional wave spectra were in agreement with the measurements. Despite the direction verification showing a 10° bias, this exercise still provided useful information with sufficient accuracy for a number of specific purposes. The results presented in this study indicate that using GPS output velocity is a reasonable alternative for the measurement of ocean waves. PMID:22346618

  16. Dependence of Body Wave Velocity on Borehole Stress Concentration

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    Tian, Jiayong; Man, Yuanpeng; Qi, Hui

    In order to develop ultrasonic method for the quantitative measurement of in-situ rock stresses, we investigate the influence of stress concentration on the body-wave velocities around a borehole. First, the acoustoelasticity theory of finite-deformation solids yields a direct and explicit quantitative borehole acoustoelasticity, which reveals that the orientations of the maximum and minimum wave-velocity shifts at the borehole surface coincide with the directions of the minimum and maximum far-field principal stresses, respectively. Second, pulse-echo measurement of wave-velocity variations at the borehole surface in the sandstone sample under the biaxial compressional loadings is performed to validate the quantitative borehole acoustoelasticity. The consistence of the experimental results with the theoretical prediction means that the ultrasonic method based on acoustoelasticity theory could be a promising noncontact and non-destructive method for the quantitative measurement of in-situ rock stresses.

  17. Lateral variations in lower mantle seismic velocity

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    Duffy, Thomas S.; Ahrens, Thomas J.

    1992-01-01

    To obtain a theoretical model which provides a rationale for the observed high values of velocity variations, the effect of a 0.1 to 0.2 percent partially molten volatile-rich material in various geometries which are heterogeneously dispersed in the lower mantle is examined. Data obtained indicate that, depending on aspect ratio and geometry, 0.1-0.2 percent partial melting in conjunction with about 100 K thermal anomalies can explain the seismic variations provided the compressibility of the melt differs by less than about 20 percent from the surrounding solid.

  18. Seismic velocity structure variation along northern Izu-Bonin arc

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    Obana, K.; Kamiya, S.; Kodaira, S.; Suetsugu, D.; Takahashi, N.; Takahashi, T.; Tamura, Y.; Sakaguchi, H.

    2009-12-01

    The Izu-Bonin Island arc is an intra-oceanic island arc, where the Pacific plate subducts beneath the Philippine Sea plate. Recent active seismic surveys in the Izu-Bonin arc show significant variations in thickness of the middle crust along the volcanic front [Kodaira et al, 2007]. To understand the crustal evolution in the oceanic island arc, we have to clarify structures in the mantle wedge along the arc in addition to the oceanic island arc crust. We conducted seismicity observations to investigate structure variations in northern Izu-Bonin arc using natural earthquakes. A temporal ocean bottom seismograph (OBS) network consists of 40 pop-up type OBSs was deployed in April 2006 between Tori-shima and Hachijo-jima islands. These OBSs were retrieved in July after about 80-day observations. We used continuous seismic data at 36 OBSs and three F-net and Hi-net seismic stations on Hachijo-jima and Aoga-shima islands operated by National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention. During the OBS observations, more than 4000 earthquakes were observed by the OBSs. First, we modeled 1-D velocity structure using the VELEST [Kissling et al., 1995]. We used 325 earthquakes of which both P- and S-wave arrivals observed at 10 or more stations and occurred within the OBS network. The number of arrival data is 5382 and 5764 for P- and S-wave arrival, respectively. Then, we estimated 3-D velocity structure using the method by Kamiya and Kobayashi [2007]. The result of the 1-D velocity modeling was used for the initial model in the 3-D velocity tomography. We used about 2000 earthquakes for the 3-D tomography. The number of P- and S-wave arrivals are about 23000 and 26000, respectively. The 3-D velocity model indicates heterogeneous structures in the mantle along the arc. Low velocity anomalies down to the subducting slab beneath the volcanic front correspond to thicker parts of the arc crust around Hachijo-jima and Sumisu-jima islands. The low velocity anomalies in the mantle beneath the volcanic front may relate to the along-arc variation in growth of the arc crust. Along the frontal-arc high, low velocity anomalies at depths shallower than 50 km coincide with positive magnetic anomalies. These low velocity anomalies support the paleo-arc along the frontal-arc high as proposed from magnetic anomaly.

  19. Prediction of the Shear Wave Velocity from Compressional Wave Velocity for Gachsaran Formation

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    Parvizi, Saeed; Kharrat, Riyaz; Asef, Mohammad R.; Jahangiry, Bijan; Hashemi, Abdolnabi

    2015-10-01

    Shear and compressional wave velocities, coupled with other petrophysical data, are very important for hydrocarbon reservoir characterization. In situ shear wave velocity (Vs) is measured by some sonic logging tools. Shear velocity coupled with compressional velocity is vitally important in determining geomechanical parameters, identifying the lithology, mud weight design, hydraulic fracturing, geophysical studies such as VSP, etc. In this paper, a correlation between compressional and shear wave velocity is obtained for Gachsaran formation in Maroon oil field. Real data were used to examine the accuracy of the prediction equation. Moreover, the genetic algorithm was used to obtain the optimal value for constants of the suggested equation. Furthermore, artificial neural network was used to inspect the reliability of this method. These investigations verify the notion that the suggested equation could be considered as an efficient, fast, and cost-effective method for predicting Vs from Vp.

  20. Group velocity and nonlinear dispersive wave propagation.

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    Hayes, W. D.

    1973-01-01

    By the use of a Hamiltonian formulation, a basic group velocity is defined as the derivative of frequency with respect to wavenumber keeping action density constant, and is shown to represent an incremental action velocity in the general nonlinear case. The stability treatment of Whitham and Lighthill is extended to several dimensions. The water-wave analysis of Whitham (1967) is extended to two space dimensions, and is shown to predict oblique-mode instabilities for kh smaller than 1.36. A treatment of Lighthill's (1965) solution in the one-dimensional elliptic case resolves the problem of the energy distribution in the solution past the critical time.

  1. Ultrasonic wave velocity in the restructuring of disperse media

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    Koltsova, I. S.; Khomutova, A. S.; Deinega, M. A.

    2016-03-01

    The ultrasonic wave velocities in the restructuring of disperse media were measured using interference and pulsed techniques and the coefficient of reflection in suspensions of starch, Al2O3, and SiO2 particles, glass bulbs, their porous sediments, and composites of Fe3O4 particles in 10% gelatin aqueous solution at a frequency of 3 MHz. The experiments showed alternating variation in the concentration velocity coefficient during the transition of the dispersed phase concentration from the subpercolation to percolation region. The minimum ultrasonic wave velocity in the region of discrete clusters correlates with the ratio between the particle and matrix densities. The results obtained are explained using the Isakovich, Chaban, Rytov, Biot, Hausdorff, and other theories.

  2. Inter-laboratory comparison of wave velocity measures.

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    Waite, William F.; Santamarina, J.C.; Rydzy, M.; Chong, S.H.; Grozic, J.L.H.; Hester, K.; Howard, J.; Kneafsey, T.J.; Lee, J.Y.; Nakagawa, S.; Priest, J.; Reese, E.; Koh, H.; Sloan, E.D.; Sultaniya, A.

    2011-01-01

     This paper presents an eight-laboratory comparison of compressional and shear wave velocities measured in F110 Ottawa sand. The study was run to quantify the physical property variations one should expect in heterogeneous, multiphase porous materials by separately quantifying the variability inherent in the measurement techniques themselves. Comparative tests were run in which the sand was dry, water-saturated, partially water-saturated, partially ice-saturated and partially hydrate-saturated. Each test illustrates a collection of effects that can be classified as inducing either specimen-based or measurement-based variability. The most significant variability is due to void ratio variations between samples. Heterogeneous pore-fill distributions and differences in measurement techniques also contribute to the observed variability, underscoring the need to provide detailed sample preparation and system calibration information when reporting wave velocities in porous media. 

  3. Measurements of the Gravity Waves Velocity

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    Dubrovskiy, Vladimir A.

    We suppose the gravity waves excite microseismic background. Peaks of the background spectrum can be observed if the wave length l is comparable with distance L between Earth and some cosmic gravity object. Such resonance peaks where observed using laser interferometer and spectranalyser SK4-72 that enlarges periodical signal component relative chaotic one. They are around 2.3 1.0 0.9 0.6 0.4 0.2 Hz. And there exist massive gravity objects at 1.3 2.7 3.5 5.0 8.0 and 11.0 parsecs distances (nearest and brightest stars). This all distances correspond to all peaks in accordance with f=C/l (l/2~L due to resonance) only if the gravity velocity C should be nearly nine order more then light velocity. If this conclusion is not casual it is possible to observe resonance peaks corresponding to the gravity waves exchange of the Earth with Moon (~240MHz) Sun (~0.6MHz) Venus (0.3-2.2MHz) Jupiter (100-150kHz) Saturn (58-72kHz). Moreover peak corresponding to Venus Jupiter or Saturn should change its frequency position during orbital motion. Such correlation will support decisively the presented result elastic model of the physical vacuum and Laplace's result concerning to the lower limit of the gravity velocity.

  4. Unexpected tidal variation of the ocean-acoustic velocity

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    Sugioka, H.; Fukao, Y.; Hibiya, T.

    2004-12-01

    Ocean sound velocity significantly varies at tidal frequency in not only shallow but also deep pert. Unexpected largely semidiurnal fluctuation of ocean-acoustic waves (T-waves), which propagate through the SOFAR channel, is found on the ocean bottom seismometer records for the 1999 submarine volcanic swarm in northern Mariana. The amplitude is one order larger than any previous artificial experiments. Here we report the first in situ evidence that T-wave travel time provide information about vertical movement of seawater due to internal tides. Numerical 3-D modelling shows the internal tide excited by external tidal forcing is particularly large along the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Ridge because of rough topography. A semidiurnal up-and-down movement associated with the internal tide cause an undulation of the SOFAR channel on the order of 100 m, which causes T-wave travel time variations consistent with the observed ones. The results are consistent with the observed travel time variations both in amplitude and phase, demonstrating that T-waves from volcanic swarms can be used to detect oceanic internal tides. Generation of internal tides is an important sink of the external tidal energy so that accurate estimate of conversion of the external to internal tides is essential to close the global tidal energy budget and to understand the Earth-Moon system evolution.

  5. ML shear wave velocity tomography for the Iranian Plateau

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    Maheri-Peyrov, Mehdi; Ghods, Abdolreza; Abbasi, Madjid; Bergman, Eric; Sobouti, Farhad

    2016-04-01

    Iranian Plateau reflects several different tectonic styles of collision, and large-scale strike-slip faults. We calculate a high-resolution 2-D ML shear velocity map for the Iranian Plateau to detect lateral crustal thickness changes associated with different tectonic boundaries. The ML velocity is very sensitive to strong lateral variations of crustal thickness and varies between the velocity of Lg and Sn phases. Our data set consists of 65 795 ML amplitude velocity measurements from 2531 precisely relocated events recorded by Iranian networks in the period 1996-2014. Using a constrained least-squares inversion scheme, we inverted the ML velocities for a 2-D shear velocity map of Iran. Our results show that the Zagros and South Caspian Basin (SCB) have shear wave velocities close to the Sn phase, and are thus Lg-blocking regions. High velocities in the High Zagros and the Simply Folded Belt imply significant crustal undulations within these zones. We note that in the central and south Zagros, the velocity border between the Zagros and central Iran is not coincident with the Zagros suture line that marks underthrusting of the Arabian plate beneath central Iran. The low plains of Gilan and Gorgan to the south of the Caspian Sea show high shear velocities similar to the SCB, implying that they are either underlain by an oceanic type crust or a transitional crust with a strong lateral crustal thickness gradient. The Lut block is an Lg-passing block implying that it is not surrounded by any sudden crustal thickness changes along its borders with central Iran. In the Alborz, NW Iran, Kopeh-Dagh, Binalud and most of the central Iran, low shear velocity near the Lg velocity is attributed to smooth or minor Moho undulations within these regions.

  6. Monitoring seismic wave velocities in situ

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    McEvilly, T.V.; Clymer, R.

    1979-01-01

    Beginning in the early 1960's, reports from the Soviet Union described travel-time anomalies of 5 to 20 percent preceding large earthquakes. In the early 970's, similar observations began to be reported outside the U.S.S.R. The most convincing were anomalously low values of the velocity ration, Vp/Vs, before four earthquakes of magnitudes 2.5 to 3.3 at Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.; the anomalies were based on large amounts of high-quality data. In Japan, significant decreases were observed in the travel-time ratio, ts/tp, before two thrust-type earthquakes of magnitudes 6. and 5.3. Finally, there is the much discussed report of an anomaly before the magnitude 6.4 San Fernando, Calif., earthquake of 1971 and the implication that the change was caused principally by a decrease in the velocity of the primary (P) wave.

  7. Compressional and shear wave velocities in granular materials to 2.5 kilobars

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    Talwani, P.; Nur, A.; Kovach, R. L.

    1973-01-01

    The velocities of seismic compressional waves and, for the first time, shear wave velocities in silica sand, volcanic ash, and basalt powder were determined under hydrostatic confining pressures to 2.5 kb. Simultaneously, the porosity of these materials was obtained as a function of confining pressure. The presented results have important implications for the self-compaction hypothesis that has been postulated to explain the lunar near-surface seismic velocity variation.

  8. Anisotropic Rayleigh-wave phase velocities beneath northern Vietnam

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    Legendre, Cédric P.; Zhao, Li; Huang, Win-Gee; Huang, Bor-Shouh

    2015-12-01

    We explore the Rayleigh-wave phase-velocity structure beneath northern Vietnam over a broad period range of 5 to 250 s. We use the two-stations technique to derive the dispersion curves from the waveforms of 798 teleseismic events recoded by a set of 23 broadband seismic stations deployed in northern Vietnam. These dispersion curves are then inverted for both isotropic and azimuthally anisotropic Rayleigh-wave phase-velocity maps in the frequency range of 10 to 50 s. Main findings include a crustal expression of the Red River Shear Zone and the Song Ma Fault. Northern Vietnam displays a northeast/southwest dichotomy in the lithosphere with fast velocities beneath the South China Block and slow velocities beneath the Simao Block and between the Red River Fault and the Song Da Fault. The anisotropy in the region is relatively simple, with a high amplitude and fast directions parallel to the Red River Shear Zone in the western part. In the eastern part, the amplitudes are generally smaller and the fast axis displays more variations with periods.

  9. Variation in ejecta size with ejection velocity

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    Vickery, Ann M.

    1987-01-01

    The sizes and ranges of over 25,000 secondary craters around twelve large primaries on three different planets were measured and used to infer the size-velocity distribution of that portion of the primary crater ejecta that produced the secondaries. The ballistic equation for spherical bodies was used to convert the ranges to velocities, and the velocities and crater sizes were used in the appropriate Schmidt-Holsapple scaling relation of estimate ejecta sizes, and the velocity exponent was determined. The latter are generally between -1 and -13, with an average value of about -1.9. Problems with data collection made it impossible to determine a simple, unique relation between size and velocity.

  10. Rayleigh-wave Phase-velocity Maps beneath Eastern China

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    Legendre, C. P.; Deschamps, F.; Zhao, L.; Lebedev, S.; Chen, Q.

    2013-12-01

    Eastern China is a geologically complex region with strong lateral changes in Moho depth. It is also a tectonically active region with active faults and protocratonic units. We investigated the variations of isotropic and anisotropic Rayleigh-wave phase velocity beneath eastern China using broadband records at 38 stations with roughly even distribution from the China National Seismic Network. Rayleigh-wave dispersion curves are manually measured by the two-station technique for a total of 741 inter-station paths from the vertical-component waveforms. We complemented this dataset with 599 automated inter-station measurements. When selecting the data, we imposed an upper bound of 10° for the angle between the great circle connecting a pair of stations and the great circle connecting the stations and the event. The inter-station distances are in the range 250-2500 km, enabling phase-velocity measurements over a broad period range, 8-200 s. We extracted 59306 records from 438 events with epicentral distances between 10° and 170°. These dispersion curves are then inverted using the LSQR algorithm for the high-resolution isotropic and azimuthally anisotropic phase-velocity maps at selected periods between 16 and 200 s. The isotropic as well as anisotropic models of Rayleigh-wave phase velocities we obtain are consistent with the tectonic features observed in this region. Furthermore, the anisotropic anomalies we observe are compatible with previous SKS splitting measurements. Interestingly, we observe different azimuthal anisotropy patterns in several distinct period ranges, suggesting both lateral and depth variations of azimuthal anisotropy in this region. At crustal depths, the isotropic structure exhibits a clear contrast between the Yangtze Craton in the southeast, which appears faster than regional average by up to 5%, and the northwest region, which is slower than average by about 3-4%. The Jiangnan Belt separates regions with different velocity expressions, indicating a possible suture between the Yangtze Craton and Cathaysia Unit. Geodynamical interpretations for azimuthal anisotropy patterns are proposed in specific regions, in particular an abrupt change in Moho depth in the eastern border of the Tibetan Plateau, and a lithospheric thinning beneath the Cathaysia Unit. The anisotropic structures are in agreement with absolute plate motion and the overall upper-mantle flow. However, more local variations are related to the tectonics of the region, such as the border between the Ordos and Sichuan Basins.

  11. A simple method of predicting S-wave velocity

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    Lee, M.W.

    2006-01-01

    Prediction of shear-wave velocity plays an important role in seismic modeling, amplitude analysis with offset, and other exploration applications. This paper presents a method for predicting S-wave velocity from the P-wave velocity on the basis of the moduli of dry rock. Elastic velocities of water-saturated sediments at low frequencies can be predicted from the moduli of dry rock by using Gassmann's equation; hence, if the moduli of dry rock can be estimated from P-wave velocities, then S-wave velocities easily can be predicted from the moduli. Dry rock bulk modulus can be related to the shear modulus through a compaction constant. The numerical results indicate that the predicted S-wave velocities for consolidated and unconsolidated sediments agree well with measured velocities if differential pressure is greater than approximately 5 MPa. An advantage of this method is that there are no adjustable parameters to be chosen, such as the pore-aspect ratios required in some other methods. The predicted S-wave velocity depends only on the measured P-wave velocity and porosity. ?? 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  12. Theoretical relationship between elastic wave velocity and electrical resistivity

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    Lee, Jong-Sub; Yoon, Hyung-Koo

    2015-05-01

    Elastic wave velocity and electrical resistivity have been commonly applied to estimate stratum structures and obtain subsurface soil design parameters. Both elastic wave velocity and electrical resistivity are related to the void ratio; the objective of this study is therefore to suggest a theoretical relationship between the two physical parameters. Gassmann theory and Archie's equation are applied to propose a new theoretical equation, which relates the compressional wave velocity to shear wave velocity and electrical resistivity. The piezo disk element (PDE) and bender element (BE) are used to measure the compressional and shear wave velocities, respectively. In addition, the electrical resistivity is obtained by using the electrical resistivity probe (ERP). The elastic wave velocity and electrical resistivity are recorded in several types of soils including sand, silty sand, silty clay, silt, and clay-sand mixture. The appropriate input parameters are determined based on the error norm in order to increase the reliability of the proposed relationship. The predicted compressional wave velocities from the shear wave velocity and electrical resistivity are similar to the measured compressional velocities. This study demonstrates that the new theoretical relationship may be effectively used to predict the unknown geophysical property from the measured values.

  13. Effects of horizontal velocity variations on ultrasonic velocity measurements in open channels

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    Swain, E.D.

    1992-01-01

    Use of an ultrasonic velocity meter to determine discharge in open channels involves measuring the velocity in a line between transducers in the stream and relating that velocity to the average velocity in the stream. The standard method of calculating average velocity in the channel assumes that the velocity profile in the channel can be represented by the one-dimensional von Karman universal velocity profile. However, the velocity profile can be described by a two-dimensional equation that accounts for the horizontal velocity variations induced by the channel sides. An equation to calculate average velocity accounts for the two-dimensional variations in velocity within a stream. The use of this new equation to calculate average velocity was compared to the standard method in theoretical trapezoidal cross sections and in the L-31N and Snapper Creek Extension Canals near Miami, Florida. These comparisons indicate that the two-dimensional variations have the most significant effect in narrow, deep channels. Also, the two-dimensional effects may be significant in some field situations and need to be considered when determining average velocity and discharge with an ultrasonic velocity meter.

  14. Surface wave phase-velocity tomography based on multichannel cross-correlation

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    Jin, Ge; Gaherty, James B.

    2015-06-01

    We have developed a new method to retrieve seismic surface wave phase velocity using dense seismic arrays. The method measures phase variations between nearby stations based on waveform cross-correlation. The coherence in waveforms between adjacent stations results in highly precise relative phase estimates. Frequency-dependent phase variations are then inverted for spatial variations in apparent phase velocity via the Eikonal equation. Frequency-dependent surface wave amplitudes measured on individual stations are used to correct the apparent phase velocity to account for multipathing via the Helmholtz equation. By using coherence and other data selection criteria, we construct an automated system that retrieves structural phase-velocity maps directly from raw seismic waveforms for individual earthquakes without human intervention. The system is applied to broad-band seismic data from over 800 events recorded on EarthScope's USArray from 2006 to 2014, systematically building up Rayleigh-wave phase-velocity maps between the periods of 20 and 100 s for the entire continental United States. At the highest frequencies, the resulting maps are highly correlated with phase-velocity maps derived from ambient noise tomography. At all frequencies, we observe a significant contrast in Rayleigh-wave phase velocity between the tectonically active western US and the stable eastern US, with the phase velocity variations in the western US being 1-2 times greater. The Love wave phase-velocity maps are also calculated. We find that overtone contamination may produce systemic bias for the Love-wave phase-velocity measurements.

  15. P/n/ velocity and cooling of the continental lithosphere. [upper mantle compression waves in North America

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    Black, P. R.; Braile, L. W.

    1982-01-01

    The average upper mantle compressional wave velocity and heat flow figures presently computed for continental physiographic provinces in North America exhibit an inverse relationship, and possess a statistically significant correlation coefficient. A correlation is also demonstrated between compressional wave velocity and material temperature by estimating crust-mantle boundary temperatures from heat flow values. The dependency of compressional wave velocity on temperature implies that the observed geographical distribution in upper mantle seismic velocity may be due to the temperature effect character of upper mantle compressional wave velocity variation.

  16. Velocities of guided ultrasonic waves in heterogeneous medium

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    Touratier, M.

    1984-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical examinations were performed of the longitudinal velocity characteristics of waves in trilaminar and encapsulated waveguides. The study was confined to waveguides with core material that featured transverse wave velocities much worse than the longitudinal wave velocities. The velocities were obtained using a dispersion equation, with consideration given to both the core and encapsulant. Asymptotic velocities were also calculated for bending and twisting in trilaminar waveguides. Trials were run with bimetallic waveguides for comparison with the theoretical predictions. Good agreement was found between the predicted velocity of the propagation of the fundamental mode and the measured velocities. The method was calculated valid for modes above four, confirming that the data were contained in either the core or outer layer, and were unsensitive to the encapsulant.

  17. Shear wave velocity structures of the Arabian Peninsula

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    Mokhtar, Talal A.; Al-Saeed, Mohammed M.

    1994-02-01

    The shear velocity structures of the different tectonic provinces of the Arabian Peninsula has been studied using surface wave data recorded by the RYD (Riyadh) station. The inversion of Rayleigh wave group velocities indicates that the Arabian shield can be modeled by two layers, each of which is 20 km thick with a shear velocity of 3.61 km/s in the upper crust and 3.88 km/s in the lower crust. The underlying upper mantle velocity is 4.61 km/s. Inversion of both Love and Rayleigh waves group velocities shows that the Arabian platform upper and lower crusts are comparable in their thicknesses to those of the shield, but with shear velocities of 3.4 and 4 km/s, respectively. The upper mantle velocity beneath the platform is 4.4 km/s and the average total thickness of the crust is 45 km.

  18. Three-dimensional P and S wave velocity structure of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska

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    Benz, H.M.; Chouet, B.A.; Dawson, P.B.; Lahr, J.C.; Page, R.A.; Hole, J.A.

    1996-01-01

    The three-dimensional P and S wave structure of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska, and the underlying crust to depths of 7-8 km is determined from 6219 P wave and 4008 S wave first-arrival times recorded by a 30-station seismograph network deployed on and around the volcano. First-arrival times are calculated using a finite-difference technique, which allows for flexible parameterization of the slowness model and easy inclusion of topography and source-receiver geometry. The three-dimensional P wave velocity structure and hypocenters are determined simultaneously, while the three-dimensional S wave velocity model is determined using the relocated seismicity and an initial S wave velocity model derived from the P wave velocity model assuming an average Vp/Vs ratio of 1.78. Convergence is steady with approximately 73% and 52% reduction in P and S wave arrival time RMS, respectively, after 10 iterations. The most prominent feature observed in the three-dimensional velocity models derived for both P and S waves is a relative low-velocity, near-vertical, pipelike structure approximately 1 km in diameter that extends from 1 to 6 km beneath sea level. This feature aligns axially with the bulk of seismicity and is interpreted as a highly fractured and altered zone encompassing a magma conduit. The velocity structure beneath the north flank of the volcano between depths of 1 and 6 km is characterized by large lateral velocity variations. High velocities within this region are interpreted as remnant dikes and sills and low velocities as regions along which magma migrates. No large low-velocity body suggestive of a magma chamber is resolved in the the upper 7-8 km of the crust.

  19. Coupled cavity traveling wave tube with velocity tapering

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    Connolly, D. J.

    1982-02-01

    A coupled cavity traveling wave tube with a velocity taper, which affords beam wave resynchronization and thereby enhances is described. The wave velocity reduction is achieved by reducing the resonant frequencies of the individual resonant cavities as a function of the distance from the electron gun, through changes in internal cavity dimensions. The required changes in cavity dimensions can be accomplished by gradually increasing the cavity radius decreasing the gap length from cavity to cavity. The velocity reduction is carried out without an increase in circuit resistive losses and the upper and lower cut off frequencies are reduced in approximately the same manner.

  20. Implications of elastic wave velocities for Apollo 17 rock powders

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    Talwani, P.; Nur, A.; Kovach, R. L.

    1974-01-01

    Ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities of lunar rock powders 172701, 172161, 170051, and 175081 were measured at room temperature and to 2.5 kb confining pressure. The results compare well with those of terrestrial volcanic ash and powdered basalt. P-wave velocity values up to pressures corresponding to a lunar depth of 1.4 km preclude cold compaction alone as an explanation for the observed seismic velocity structure at the Apollo 17 site. Application of small amounts of heat with simultaneous application of pressure causes rock powders to achieve equivalence of seismic velocities for competent rocks.

  1. Calculating wave-generated bottom orbital velocities from surface-wave parameters

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    Wiberg, P.L.; Sherwood, C.R.

    2008-01-01

    Near-bed wave orbital velocities and shear stresses are important parameters in many sediment-transport and hydrodynamic models of the coastal ocean, estuaries, and lakes. Simple methods for estimating bottom orbital velocities from surface-wave statistics such as significant wave height and peak period often are inaccurate except in very shallow water. This paper briefly reviews approaches for estimating wave-generated bottom orbital velocities from near-bed velocity data, surface-wave spectra, and surface-wave parameters; MATLAB code for each approach is provided. Aspects of this problem have been discussed elsewhere. We add to this work by providing a method for using a general form of the parametric surface-wave spectrum to estimate bottom orbital velocity from significant wave height and peak period, investigating effects of spectral shape on bottom orbital velocity, comparing methods for calculating bottom orbital velocity against values determined from near-bed velocity measurements at two sites on the US east and west coasts, and considering the optimal representation of bottom orbital velocity for calculations of near-bed processes. Bottom orbital velocities calculated using near-bed velocity data, measured wave spectra, and parametric spectra for a site on the northern California shelf and one in the mid-Atlantic Bight compare quite well and are relatively insensitive to spectral shape except when bimodal waves are present with maximum energy at the higher-frequency peak. These conditions, which are most likely to occur at times when bottom orbital velocities are small, can be identified with our method as cases where the measured wave statistics are inconsistent with Donelan's modified form of the Joint North Sea Wave Project (JONSWAP) spectrum. We define the 'effective' forcing for wave-driven, near-bed processes as the product of the magnitude of forcing times its probability of occurrence, and conclude that different bottom orbital velocity statistics may be appropriate for different problems. ?? 2008 Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Low Velocity Waves Inside and Outside of Plants

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    Wagner, Orvin

    2010-03-01

    I have been reporting organizing waves in plants for many years. In 1989 I reported wave travel between plants. The waves travel at near 25 m/s horizontally through air on earth. Recently I built my own transmitters and receivers and found that the waves will penetrate mountains. Monitoring plants suggest that there is constant communication between plants with the cacophony peaking during the summer months. The location of the sun has a direct influence. I hypothesize that the observed waves are waves in dark matter as well as the other media involved. Apparently dark matter not only interacts with gravity but has much to do with the organization of nature. The velocities of waves in plants peak vertically. For example in Ponderosa pine the ratio of the vertical to horizontal velocity is 3/1 making a tall spindly tree. In apple the ratio is 4/3 making a nearly round tree. The velocity anisotropy may suggest that dark matter interacts differently with respect to the gravity direction. The penetrating qualities of the waves may provide useful communication. There appears to be a rather large velocity distribution, however, when the waves travel far through dense matter.

  3. Estimating propagation velocity through a surface acoustic wave sensor

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    Xu, Wenyuan; Huizinga, John S.

    2010-03-16

    Techniques are described for estimating the propagation velocity through a surface acoustic wave sensor. In particular, techniques which measure and exploit a proper segment of phase frequency response of the surface acoustic wave sensor are described for use as a basis of bacterial detection by the sensor. As described, use of velocity estimation based on a proper segment of phase frequency response has advantages over conventional techniques that use phase shift as the basis for detection.

  4. Shear wave velocity structure of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa

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    Kgaswane, Eldridge M.; Nyblade, Andrew A.; Durrheim, Raymond J.; Julià, Jordi; Dirks, Paul H. G. M.; Webb, Susan J.

    2012-07-01

    The structure of the crust in the environs of the Bushveld Complex has been investigated by jointly inverting high-frequency teleseismic receiver functions and 2-60 s period Rayleigh wave group velocities for 16 broadband seismic stations located across the Bushveld Complex. Group velocities for 2-15 s periods were obtained from surface wave tomography using local and regional events, while group velocities for 20-60 s periods were taken from a published model. 1-D shear wave velocity models obtained for each station show the presence of thickened crust in the center of the Bushveld Complex and a region at the base of the crust where shear wave velocities exceed 4.0 km/s. The shear wave velocity models also suggest that velocities in some upper crustal layers may be as high as 3.7-3.8 km/s, consistent with the presence of mafic lithologies. These results favor a continuous-sheet model for the Bushveld Complex in which the outcropping mafic layers of the western and eastern limbs are continuous at depth beneath the center of the complex. However, detailed modeling of receiver functions at one station within the center of the complex indicates that the mafic layering may be locally disrupted due to thermal diapirism triggered by the emplacement of the Bushveld Complex or thermal and tectonic reactivation at a later time.

  5. The relationships between large-scale variations in shear velocity, density, and compressional velocity in the Earth's mantle

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    Moulik, P.; Ekström, G.

    2016-04-01

    A large data set of surface wave phase anomalies, body wave travel times, normal-mode splitting functions, and long-period waveforms is used to investigate the scaling between shear velocity, density, and compressional velocity in the Earth's mantle. We introduce a methodology that allows construction of joint models with various levels of scaling complexity (ϱ = dlnρ/dlnvS, ν = dlnvS/dlnvP), in order to detect seismological signatures of chemical heterogeneity. We demonstrate that the data sets considered cannot be fit concurrently with a uniform ν or a positive and uniform ϱ throughout the mantle. The variance reductions to P wave travel times and vP-sensitive modes are up to 40% higher with our preferred model of anisotropic shear and compressional velocity than the recent anisotropic shear velocity model S362ANI+M, which was constructed assuming a uniform ν throughout the mantle. Several features reported in earlier tomographic studies persist after the inclusion of new and larger data sets; anticorrelation between bulk sound and shear velocities in the lowermost mantle as well as an increase in ν with depth in the lower mantle are largely independent of the regularization scheme. When correlations between density and shear velocity variations are imposed in the lowermost mantle, variance reductions of several spheroidal and toroidal modes deteriorate by as much as 40%. Recent measurements of the splitting of 0S2, in particular, are largely incompatible with perfectly correlated shear velocity and density heterogeneity throughout the mantle. A way to significantly improve the fits to various data sets is by allowing independent density perturbations in the lowermost mantle. Our preferred joint model consists of denser-than-average anomalies (˜1% peak to peak) at the base of the mantle roughly coincident with the low-velocity superplumes. The relative variation of shear velocity, density, and compressional velocity in our study disfavors a purely thermal contribution to heterogeneity in the lowermost mantle, with implications for the long-term stability and evolution of superplumes.

  6. Nonlinear shock acceleration. III - Finite wave velocity, wave pressure, and entropy generation via wave damping

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    Eichler, D.

    1985-01-01

    The nonlinear theory of shock acceleration developed in earlier papers, which treated the waves as being completely frozen into the fluid, is generalized to include wave dynamics. In the limit where damping keeps the wave amplitude small, it is found that a finite phase velocity (V sub ph) of the scattering waves through the background fluid, tempers the acceleration generated by high Mach number shocks. Asymptotic spectra proportional to 1/E sq are possible only when the ratio of wave velocity to shock velocity is less than 0.13. For a given asymptotic spectrum, the efficiency of relativistic particle production is found to be practically independent of the value of V sub ph, so that earlier results concerning its value remain valid for finite V sub ph. In the limit where there is no wave damping, it is shown that for modest Alfven Mach numbers, approximately greater than 4 and less than 6, the magnetic field is amplified by the energetic particles to the point of being in rough equipartition with them, as models of synchrotron emission frequently take the field to be. In this case, the disordering and amplification of field energy may play a major role in the shock transition.

  7. Shear wave velocity structure in West Java, Indonesia as inferred from surface wave dispersion

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    Anggono, Titi; Syuhada

    2016-02-01

    We investigated the crust and upper mantle of West Java, Indonesia by measuring the group velocity dispersion of surface waves. We analyzed waveform from four teleseismic earthquake recorded at three 3-component broadband seismometers. We analyzed fundamental mode of Rayleigh and Love waves from vertical, radial, and transverse components using multiple filter technique. We inverted the measured group velocity to obtain shear wave velocity profile down to 200 km depth. We observed low shear wave velocity zone at depth of about 20 km. Shear velocity reduction is estimated to be 18% compared to the upper and lower velocity layer. The low velocity zone might be associated with the subducting slab of Indo-Australian Plate as similar characteristics of low velocity zones also observed at other subducting regions.

  8. Local variations of seismic velocity in the Imperial Valley, California

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    Jackson, D.D.; Lee, W.B.

    1981-12-01

    The authors inverted local earthquake arrival times to estimate spatial variations of seismic velocity. Their model consisted of near-surface station corrections and local perturbations to a standard crustal velocity model. The authors found a zone of relatively high-velocity trending southeast from the Salton Sea. This zone corresponds to the region of thickest sediments. The authors compared results with those of teleseismic studies by Savino et al (1977). The agreement was excellent, suggesting that the teleseismic delays are caused primarily by crustal velocity variations. Residual delays between the teleseismic observations and predicted crustal delays imply crustal thinning of 3 or 4 km along the axis of the valley. Known geothermal resource areas at Salton Sea (or Obsidian Buttes), Brawley, and East Mesa, lie on the axis of a zone of thin crust, and they may be intimately related to the Brawley fault. Neither local earthquake nor teleseismic arrival times can discriminate between these hypotheses, but the issue might be resolved by combining both types of data. Known geothermal resource areas at Heber, Dunes, and Glamis, lie away from the projected trace of the Brawley fault. These areas are nearly aseismic, and overlie crust with apparent seismic velocities only mildly higher than the regional average. These apparent velocity anomalies could be related to crustal thinning, but because of the very mild Bouguer gravity anomalies in these areas, it seems more likely that the velocity anomalies occur entirely within the crust. 7 references, 6 figures, 3 tables.

  9. Shear-wave velocity and site-amplification factors for 50 Australian sites determined by the spectral analysis of surface waves method

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    Kayen, Robert E.; Carkin, Bradley A.; Allen, Trevor; Collins, Clive; McPherson, Andrew; Minasian, Diane L.

    2015-01-01

    One-dimensional shear-wave velocity (VS ) profiles are presented at 50 strong motion sites in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. The VS profiles are estimated with the spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) method. The SASW method is a noninvasive method that indirectly estimates the VS at depth from variations in the Rayleigh wave phase velocity at the surface.

  10. Longitudinal variation and waves in Jupiter's south equatorial wind jet

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    Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Rogers, John H.; Gierasch, Peter J.; Choi, David; Allison, Michael D.; Adamoli, Gianluigi; Mettig, Hans-Joerg

    2012-04-01

    A detailed study of the chevron-shaped dark spots on the strong southern equatorial wind jet near 7.5°S planetographic latitude shows variations in velocity with longitude and time. The presence of the large anticyclonic South Equatorial Disturbance (SED) has a profound effect on the chevron velocity, causing slower velocities to its east and increasing with distance from the disturbance. The chevrons move with velocities near the maximum wind jet velocity of ˜140 m/s, as deduced by the history of velocities at this latitude and the magnitude of the symmetric wind jet near 7°N latitude. Their repetitive nature is consistent with a gravity-inertia wave (n = 75-100) with phase speed up to 25 m/s, relative to the local flow, but the identity of this wave mode is not well constrained. However, for the first time, high spatial resolution movies from Cassini images show that the chevrons oscillate in latitude with a 6.7 ± 0.7-day period. This oscillating motion has a wavelength of ˜20° and a speed of 101 ± 3 m/s, following a pattern similar to that seen in the Rossby wave plumes of the North Equatorial Zone, and possibly reinforced by it. All dates show chevron latitude variability, but it is unclear if this larger wave is present during other epochs, as there are no other suitable time series movies that fully delineate it. In the presence of multiple wave modes, the difference in dominant cloud appearance between 7°N and 7.5°S is likely due to the presence of the Great Red Spot, either through changes in stratification and stability or by acting as a wave boundary.

  11. Longitudinal Variation and Waves in Jupiter's South Equatorial Wind Jet

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    Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Choi, David; Rogers, John H.; Gierasch, Peter J.; Allison, Michael D.; Adamoli, Gianluigi; Mettig, Hans-Joerg

    2012-01-01

    A detailed study of the chevron-shaped dark spots on the strong southern equatorial wind jet near 7.5 S planetographic latitude shows variations in velocity with longitude and time. The presence of the large anticyclonic South Equatorial Disturbance (SED) has a profound effect on the chevron velocity, causing slower velocities to its east and accelerations over distance from the disturbance. The chevrons move with velocities near the maximum wind jet velocity of approx 140 m/s, as deduced by the history of velocities at this latitude and the magnitude of the symmetric wind jet near 7 N latitude. Their repetitive nature is consistent with a gravity-inertia wave (n = 75 to 100) with phase speed up to 25 m/s, relative to the local flow, but the identity of this wave mode is not well constrained. However, for the first time, high spatial resolution movies from Cassini images show that the chevrons oscillate in latitude with a 6.7 +/- 0.7-day period. This oscillating motion has a wavelength of approx 20 and a speed of 101 +/- 3 m/s, following a pattern similar to that seen in the Rossby wave plumes of the North Equatorial Zone, and possibly reinforced by it. All dates show chevron latitude variability, but it is unclear if this larger wave is present during other epochs, as there are no other suitable time series movies that fully delineate it. In the presence of mUltiple wave modes, the difference in dominant cloud appearance between 7 deg N and 7.5 deg S is likely due to the presence of the Great Red Spot, either through changes in stratification and stability or by acting as a wave boundary.

  12. Uppermost mantle P wave velocities beneath Turkey and Iran

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    Chen, C.; Chen, W.; Molnar, P.

    1980-01-01

    The uppermost mantle P wave velocities beneath Turkey and Iran were estimated by applying the conventional travel time-distance relation method to arrival times of well located earthquakes recorded at a few stations. The average uppermost mantle P wave velocity under Turkey is estimated from two stations of the World Wide Standardized Seismograph Network (WWSSN), Istanbul and Tabriz. The data are consistent with a crust of uniform, but poorly determined, thickness and an uppermost mantle P wave velocity of 7.73 +- 0.08 km/s. This velocity is very similar to that for the Aegean Sea and suggests that its structure could be closely related to that beneath Turkey. For Iran, the results calculated from travel times to three WWSSN stations, Meshed, Shiraz, and Tabriz, can be explained by a crust dipping toward the south-southeast at about 1/sup 0/ with an uppermost mantle P wave velocity of 8.0 +- 0.1 km/s. If the crustal thickness were 34 km in the north it would reach about 49 km in the south. Based on these uppermost mantle velocities, the temperature at Moho beneath Turkey is probably close to the melting temperature of peridotite but that beneath Iran is probably lower.

  13. Anisotropic parameter estimation using velocity variation with offset analysis

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    Herawati, I.; Saladin, M.; Pranowo, W.; Winardhie, S.; Priyono, A.

    2013-09-09

    Seismic anisotropy is defined as velocity dependent upon angle or offset. Knowledge about anisotropy effect on seismic data is important in amplitude analysis, stacking process and time to depth conversion. Due to this anisotropic effect, reflector can not be flattened using single velocity based on hyperbolic moveout equation. Therefore, after normal moveout correction, there will still be residual moveout that relates to velocity information. This research aims to obtain anisotropic parameters, ε and δ, using two proposed methods. The first method is called velocity variation with offset (VVO) which is based on simplification of weak anisotropy equation. In VVO method, velocity at each offset is calculated and plotted to obtain vertical velocity and parameter δ. The second method is inversion method using linear approach where vertical velocity, δ, and ε is estimated simultaneously. Both methods are tested on synthetic models using ray-tracing forward modelling. Results show that δ value can be estimated appropriately using both methods. Meanwhile, inversion based method give better estimation for obtaining ε value. This study shows that estimation on anisotropic parameters rely on the accuracy of normal moveout velocity, residual moveout and offset to angle transformation.

  14. Wave velocities in sandstones from elastic network simulations

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    Gist, G.A.; Thompson, A.H. ); Katz, A.J. ); Berry, M.J. II . Dept. of Physics)

    1993-03-01

    An elastic network model is used to calculate compressional and shear-wave velocities in a model sandstone. The model consists of mineral components and pores distributed at random on a regular cubic lattice. Springs are used to represent compressional, shear, and rotational forces between neighboring grains. The authors have used the network model to calculate the dependence of wave velocities on porosity and clay content in sandstones. The calculated velocities are a linear function of both porosity and total clay content. The coefficients in this bilinear relationship are in quantitative agreement with published experimental correlations for sandstone velocities. This result provides theoretical support for the linear velocity-porosity-clay content relationship commonly assumed in empirical correlations. The rotational forces between grains are necessary to obtain quantitative agreement with experimental data. Wave velocities calculated using the continuum self-consistent imbedding approximation agree with the elastic network for quartz/water mixtures, but not for quartz/clay mixtures. This disagreement demonstrates the importance of a granular elastic model with rotational forces for calculating velocities in rocks with multiple mineral components.

  15. Rayleigh-wave group velocity distribution in the Antarctic region

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    Kobayashi, Reiji; Zhao, Dapeng

    2004-03-01

    We determined 2D group velocity distribution of Rayleigh waves at periods of 20-150 s in the Antarctic region using a tomographic inversion technique. The data are recorded by both permanent networks and temporary arrays. In East Antarctica the velocities are high at periods of 90-150 s, suggesting that the root of East Antarctica is very deep. The velocities in West Antarctica are low at all periods, which may be related to the volcanic activity and the West Antarctic Rift System. Low velocity anomalies appear at periods of 40-140 s along the Southeastern Indian Ridge and the western part of the Pacific Antarctic Ridge. The velocities are only slightly low around the Atlantic Indian Ridge, Southwestern Indian Ridge, and the eastern part of the Pacific Antarctic Ridge, where the spreading rates are small. Around two hotspots, the Mount Erebus and Balleny Islands, the velocity is low at periods of 50-150 s.

  16. Seismic waves velocity dispersion: An indicator of hydrocarbons

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    Rapoport, M.B.; Ryjkov, V.I.

    1994-12-31

    VSP data recorded in eleven wells located in different geological conditions were analyzed for studying the phase velocity dispersion of seismic waves. Strong positive dispersion (velocity increases with rising frequency) with the intensity of between 1.7 and 5.0% was obtained in all productive wells in depths of oil and gas pools. The close correlation between local increasing of velocity dispersion and absorption occurred in most cases. Background level of velocity dispersion with both signs (less then {+-}1.0%) which the authors consider as a level of mistakes was observed outside productive intervals and in ``dry`` wells. Modeling has shown that pseudodispersion caused by layered media may attain {+-}0.5% and, besides, curves of pseudodispersion and pseudoabsorption exhibit no correlation. Analysis of seismic waves dispersion together with the absorption may provide with reliable indicators of hydrocarbon pools.

  17. Performance of velocity sensor for flexural wave reduction

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    Ko, S.H.

    1996-04-01

    This paper presents the analysis (mathematical modeling) for the reduction of flexural wave (structure-borne) noise that is generated by a line force on a steel plate. The steel plate is covered with a baffle (elastomer layer) to reduce the flexural wave noise. The main objective is to evaluate the performance of a velocity sensor located at the outer surface of the baffle layer. Toward this objective, the transmissibility of the plate displacement (velocity) through the baffle structure has been evaluated. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  18. Impact of Phase Transitions on P Wave Velocities

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    D Weidner; L Li

    2011-12-31

    In regions where a high pressure phase is in equilibrium with a low pressure phase, the bulk modulus defined by the P-V relationship is greatly reduced. Here we evaluate the effect of such transitions on the P wave velocity. A model, where cation diffusion is the rate limiting factor, is used to project laboratory data to the conditions of a seismic wave propagating in the two-phase region. We demonstrate that for the minimum expected effect there is a significant reduction of the seismic velocity, as large as 10% over a narrow depth range.

  19. Reconfigurable Wave Velocity Transmission Lines for Phased Arrays

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    Host, Nick; Chen, Chi-Chih; Volakis, John L.; Miranda, Felix

    2013-01-01

    Phased array antennas showcase many advantages over mechanically steered systems. However, they are also more complex, heavy and most importantly costly. This presentation paper presents a concept which overcomes these detrimental attributes by eliminating all of the phase array backend (including phase shifters). Instead, a wave velocity reconfigurable transmission line is used in a series fed array arrangement to allow phase shifting with one small (100mil) mechanical motion. Different configurations of the reconfigurable wave velocity transmission line are discussed and simulated and experimental results are presented.

  20. An inexpensive instrument for measuring wave exposure and water velocity

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    Figurski, J.D.; Malone, D.; Lacy, J.R.; Denny, M.

    2011-01-01

    Ocean waves drive a wide variety of nearshore physical processes, structuring entire ecosystems through their direct and indirect effects on the settlement, behavior, and survivorship of marine organisms. However, wave exposure remains difficult and expensive to measure. Here, we report on an inexpensive and easily constructed instrument for measuring wave-induced water velocities. The underwater relative swell kinetics instrument (URSKI) is a subsurface float tethered by a short (<1 m) line to the seafloor. Contained within the float is an accelerometer that records the tilt of the float in response to passing waves. During two field trials totaling 358 h, we confirmed the accuracy and precision of URSKI measurements through comparison to velocities measured by an in situ acoustic Doppler velocimeter and those predicted by a standard swell model, and we evaluated how the dimensions of the devices, its buoyancy, and sampling frequency can be modified for use in a variety of environments.

  1. Variational modelling of nonlinear water waves

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    Kalogirou, Anna; Bokhove, Onno

    2015-11-01

    Mathematical modelling of water waves is demonstrated by investigating variational methods. A potential flow water wave model is derived using variational techniques and extented to include explicit time-dependence, leading to non-autonomous dynamics. As a first example, we consider the problem of a soliton splash in a long wave channel with a contraction at its end, resulting after a sluice gate is removed at a finite time. The removal of the sluice gate is included in the variational principle through a time-dependent gravitational potential. A second example involving non-autonomous dynamics concerns the motion of a free surface in a vertical Hele-Shaw cell. Explicit time-dependence now enters the model through a linear damping term due to the effect of wall friction and a term representing the motion of an artificially driven wave pump. In both cases, the model is solved numerically using a Galerkin FEM and the numerical results are compared to wave structures observed in experiments. The water wave model is also adapted to accommodate nonlinear ship dynamics. The novelty is this case is the coupling between the water wave dynamics, the ship dynamics and water line dynamics on the ship. For simplicity, we consider a simple ship structure consisting of V-shaped cross-sections.

  2. On electromagnetic waves with a negative group velocity

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    Makarov, V. P.; Rukhadze, A. A.; Samokhin, A. A.

    2010-12-01

    Recent publications devoted to the electrodynamics of media in which waves with a negative group velocity can exist are discussed. The properties of such waves have been studied from the beginning of the past century, and the most important results in this field were obtained by Soviet physicists in the 1940s-1950s. However, in most recent publications, this circumstance has not been taken into account.

  3. On electromagnetic waves with a negative group velocity

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    Makarov, V. P.; Rukhadze, A. A.; Samokhin, A. A.

    2010-12-15

    Recent publications devoted to the electrodynamics of media in which waves with a negative group velocity can exist are discussed. The properties of such waves have been studied from the beginning of the past century, and the most important results in this field were obtained by Soviet physicists in the 1940s-1950s. However, in most recent publications, this circumstance has not been taken into account.

  4. Coda wave interferometry for estimating nonlinear behavior in seismic velocity.

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    Snieder, Roel; Grêt, Alexandre; Douma, Huub; Scales, John

    2002-03-22

    In coda wave interferometry, one records multiply scattered waves at a limited number of receivers to infer changes in the medium over time. With this technique, we have determined the nonlinear dependence of the seismic velocity in granite on temperature and the associated acoustic emissions. This technique can be used in warning mode, to detect the presence of temporal changes in the medium, or in diagnostic mode, where the temporal change in the medium is quantified. PMID:11910107

  5. Anisotropic changes in P-wave velocity and attenuation during deformation and fluid infiltration of granite

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    Stanchits, S.A.; Lockner, D.A.; Ponomarev, A.V.

    2003-01-01

    Fluid infiltration and pore fluid pressure changes are known to have a significant effect on the occurrence of earthquakes. Yet, for most damaging earthquakes, with nucleation zones below a few kilometers depth, direct measurements of fluid pressure variations are not available. Instead, pore fluid pressures are inferred primarily from seismic-wave propagation characteristics such as Vp/Vs ratio, attenuation, and reflectivity contacts. We present laboratory measurements of changes in P-wave velocity and attenuation during the injection of water into a granite sample as it was loaded to failure. A cylindrical sample of Westerly granite was deformed at constant confining and pore pressures of 50 and 1 MPa, respectively. Axial load was increased in discrete steps by controlling axial displacement. Anisotropic P-wave velocity and attenuation fields were determined during the experiment using an array of 13 piezoelectric transducers. At the final loading steps (86% and 95% of peak stress), both spatial and temporal changes in P-wave velocity and peak-to-peak amplitudes of P and S waves were observed. P-wave velocity anisotropy reached a maximum of 26%. Transient increases in attenuation of up to 483 dB/m were also observed and were associated with diffusion of water into the sample. We show that velocity and attenuation of P waves are sensitive to the process of opening of microcracks and the subsequent resaturation of these cracks as water diffuses in from the surrounding region. Symmetry of the orientation of newly formed microcracks results in anisotropic velocity and attenuation fields that systematically evolve in response to changes in stress and influx of water. With proper scaling, these measurements provide constraints on the magnitude and duration of velocity and attenuation transients that can be expected to accompany the nucleation of earthquakes in the Earth's crust.

  6. Time-lapse wave-equation migration velocity analysis

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    Shragge, J. C.; Lumley, D. E.; CentrePetroleum Geoscience; CO2 Sequestration

    2011-12-01

    Time-lapse analysis of seismic data acquired at different stages of oil production or CO2 injection has been very successful at capturing detailed reservoir changes (e.g., pressure, saturation, fluid flow). Conventional 4D analysis is performed in the time domain assuming a constant baseline model; however, this procedure becomes very difficult when the subsurface is significantly altered by production/injection, and significant time anomalies and complex 4D coda are recorded. We argue that a more robust 4D analysis procedure in these situations requires iterative wave-equation depth imaging and a time-lapse velocity analysis. Wave-equation depth migration of 3D seismic data requires accurate knowledge of the velocity field usually obtained by one of two approaches. First, data-space methods are where recorded data are matched to those calculated through a background velocity model. Differences between the two datasets are used in a tomographic back-projection to image velocity model update. Alternatively, image-space methods are where one uses discrepancies in migrated images (non-flat gathers) to estimate velocity model updates. These types of approaches are termed wave-equation migration velocity analysis (WEMVA). This abstract focuses on the methodology of extending 3D WEMVA approaches to time-lapse velocity analysis. We discuss the differences in 4D WEMVA inversion goals, and how we leverage the locality of 4D perturbations to focus the inversion procedure to provide high-resolution velocity model updates. We demonstrate the utility of 4D WEMVA in a synthetic CO2 geosequestration example by successfully imaging a thin layer (< 20m) of injected gas in a typical North Sea reservoir.

  7. SP12RTS: a degree-12 model of shear- and compressional-wave velocity for Earth's mantle

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    Koelemeijer, P.; Ritsema, J.; Deuss, A.; van Heijst, H.-J.

    2016-02-01

    We present the new model SP12RTS of isotropic shear-wave (VS) and compressional-wave (VP) velocity variations in the Earth's mantle. SP12RTS is derived using the same methods as employed in the construction of the shear-wave velocity models S20RTS and S40RTS, and the same data types. SP12RTS includes additional traveltime measurements of P-waves and new splitting measurements: 33 normal modes with sensitivity to the compressional-wave velocity and 9 Stoneley modes with sensitivity primarily to the lowermost mantle. Contrary to S20RTS and S40RTS, variations in VS and VP are determined without invoking scaling relationships. Lateral velocity variations in SP12RTS are parametrised using spherical harmonics up to degree 12, to focus on long-wavelength features of VS and VP and their ratio R. Large-low-velocity provinces (LLVPs) are observed for both VS and VP. SP12RTS also features an increase of R up to 2500 km depth, followed by a decrease towards the core-mantle boundary. A negative correlation between the shear-wave and bulk-sound velocity variations is observed for both the LLVPs and the surrounding mantle. These characteristics can be explained by the presence of post-perovskite or large-scale chemical heterogeneity in the lower mantle.

  8. Traveling waves in an optimal velocity model of freeway traffic.

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    Berg, P; Woods, A

    2001-03-01

    Car-following models provide both a tool to describe traffic flow and algorithms for autonomous cruise control systems. Recently developed optimal velocity models contain a relaxation term that assigns a desirable speed to each headway and a response time over which drivers adjust to optimal velocity conditions. These models predict traffic breakdown phenomena analogous to real traffic instabilities. In order to deepen our understanding of these models, in this paper, we examine the transition from a linear stable stream of cars of one headway into a linear stable stream of a second headway. Numerical results of the governing equations identify a range of transition phenomena, including monotonic and oscillating travelling waves and a time- dependent dispersive adjustment wave. However, for certain conditions, we find that the adjustment takes the form of a nonlinear traveling wave from the upstream headway to a third, intermediate headway, followed by either another traveling wave or a dispersive wave further downstream matching the downstream headway. This intermediate value of the headway is selected such that the nonlinear traveling wave is the fastest stable traveling wave which is observed to develop in the numerical calculations. The development of these nonlinear waves, connecting linear stable flows of two different headways, is somewhat reminiscent of stop-start waves in congested flow on freeways. The different types of adjustments are classified in a phase diagram depending on the upstream and downstream headway and the response time of the model. The results have profound consequences for autonomous cruise control systems. For an autocade of both identical and different vehicles, the control system itself may trigger formations of nonlinear, steep wave transitions. Further information is available [Y. Sugiyama, Traffic and Granular Flow (World Scientific, Singapore, 1995), p. 137]. PMID:11308709

  9. Traveling waves in an optimal velocity model of freeway traffic

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    Berg, Peter; Woods, Andrew

    2001-03-01

    Car-following models provide both a tool to describe traffic flow and algorithms for autonomous cruise control systems. Recently developed optimal velocity models contain a relaxation term that assigns a desirable speed to each headway and a response time over which drivers adjust to optimal velocity conditions. These models predict traffic breakdown phenomena analogous to real traffic instabilities. In order to deepen our understanding of these models, in this paper, we examine the transition from a linear stable stream of cars of one headway into a linear stable stream of a second headway. Numerical results of the governing equations identify a range of transition phenomena, including monotonic and oscillating travelling waves and a time- dependent dispersive adjustment wave. However, for certain conditions, we find that the adjustment takes the form of a nonlinear traveling wave from the upstream headway to a third, intermediate headway, followed by either another traveling wave or a dispersive wave further downstream matching the downstream headway. This intermediate value of the headway is selected such that the nonlinear traveling wave is the fastest stable traveling wave which is observed to develop in the numerical calculations. The development of these nonlinear waves, connecting linear stable flows of two different headways, is somewhat reminiscent of stop-start waves in congested flow on freeways. The different types of adjustments are classified in a phase diagram depending on the upstream and downstream headway and the response time of the model. The results have profound consequences for autonomous cruise control systems. For an autocade of both identical and different vehicles, the control system itself may trigger formations of nonlinear, steep wave transitions. Further information is available [Y. Sugiyama, Traffic and Granular Flow (World Scientific, Singapore, 1995), p. 137].

  10. P- and S-wave velocity measurements on saturated siliceous conglomerates: determination of frame moduli

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    He, T.; Schmitt, D. R.

    2005-12-01

    Reservoir conditions, such as the pore pressure and the fluid saturation levels, will change during the production of fluids from the earth. These changes will also influence the seismic wave properties of the rock. In order to better understand its seismic response, compressional and shear wave velocities were measured on a series of low porosity (less than 10%) conglomerates under different confining and pore pressures under both dry and water saturated conditions. P- and S-wave velocities were simultaneously measured using standard pulse transmission methods. In all cases, the velocities increased dramatically with effective confining pressures to 60 MPa. As expected, saturated P-wave velocities were always greater than those under `dry' (i.e. pore space under vacuum) conditions. Conventional assumptions leading from Gassmann's relations suggest that the S-wave velocity would drop; however, in this study the S-wave velocity increased after saturation. The contradiction of the observed data with the theory has been attributed to a number of mechanisms, such as viscous coupling, the reduction in free surface energy, and frequency dispersion due to local flow of the fluid in the microcracks. The pore geometry, the microcracks and the clay content are among the most important factors influencing the seismic properties of these rocks. These geological factors are characterized though thin section, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and Hg-porosimetry. The stress sensitive intra- and inter-grain cracks observed through these images play an important role in the velocity pressure relationship. The variation of the Vp/Vs and Poisson's ratios as functions of the effective pressure are also shown.

  11. The Effect of Area Variation on Wave Rotor Elements

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    Wilson, Jack

    1997-01-01

    The effect of varying the cross-sectional flow area of the passages of a wave rotor is examined by means of the method of characteristics. An idealized expansion wave, an idealized inlet port, and an idealized compression stage are considered. It is found that area variation does not have a very significant effect on the expansion wave, nor on the compression stage. For the expansion wave, increasing the passage area in the flow direction has the same effect as a diffuser, so that the flow emerges at a lower velocity than it would for the constant area case. This could be advantageous. The inlet is strongly affected by the area variation, as it changes the strength of the hammer shock wave, thereby changing the pressure behind it. In this case, reduction in the passage area in the flow direction leads to increased pressure. However, this result is dependent on the assumption that the inlet conditions remain constant with area variation. This may not be the case.

  12. Dip-movement processing for depth-variable velocity. [Correction for variation of velocity with depth

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    Artley, C.T.

    1992-12-01

    Dip-moveout correction (DMO) has become commonplace in the seismic processing flow. The goal of DMO processing is to transform the NMO-corrected data to zero-offset, so that the application of zero-offset (poststack) migration is equivalent to full prestack migration of the recorded data. Nearly all DMO implementations assume that the seismic velocity is constant. Usually, this is an acceptable tradeoff because of the tremendous cost savings of DMO and poststack migration versus prestack migration. Where the velocity changes rapidly with depth, however, this constant velocity theory can yield inadequate results. For many areas, such as the Gulf Coast, a velocity function that varies with depth is a reasonable approximation to the true velocity field. Using ray tracing, I find the raypaths from the source and receiver to the reflection point with the given recording time. The time along the corresponding zero-offset ray gives the DMO correction. The relationships between the three rays are expressed by a system of nonlinear equations. By simultaneously solving the equations via Newton-Raphson iteration, I determine the mapping that transforms nonzero-offset data to zero-offset. Unlike previous schemes that approximately handle vertical velocity variation, this method makes no assumptions about the offset, dip, or hyperbolic moveout.

  13. Comparing shear-wave velocity profiles inverted from multichannel surface wave with borehole measurements

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    Xia, J.; Miller, R.D.; Park, C.B.; Hunter, J.A.; Harris, J.B.; Ivanov, J.

    2002-01-01

    Recent field tests illustrate the accuracy and consistency of calculating near-surface shear (S)-wave velocities using multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW). S-wave velocity profiles (S-wave velocity vs. depth) derived from MASW compared favorably to direct borehole measurements at sites in Kansas, British Columbia, and Wyoming. Effects of changing the total number of recording channels, sampling interval, source offset, and receiver spacing on the inverted S-wave velocity were studied at a test site in Lawrence, Kansas. On the average, the difference between MASW calculated Vs and borehole measured Vs in eight wells along the Fraser River in Vancouver, Canada was less than 15%. One of the eight wells was a blind test well with the calculated overall difference between MASW and borehole measurements less than 9%. No systematic differences were observed in derived Vs values from any of the eight test sites. Surface wave analysis performed on surface data from Wyoming provided S-wave velocities in near-surface materials. Velocity profiles from MASW were confirmed by measurements based on suspension log analysis. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Seismic velocity variation along the Izu-Bonin arc estaimated from traveltime tomography using OBS data

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    Obana, K.; Tamura, Y.; Takahashi, T.; Kodaira, S.

    2014-12-01

    The Izu-Bonin (Ogasawara) arc is an intra-oceanic island arc along the convergent plate boundary between the subducting Pacific and overriding Philippine Sea plates. Recent active seismic studies in the Izu-Bonin arc reveal significant along-arc variations in crustal structure [Kodaira et al., 2007]. The thickness of the arc crust shows a remarkable change between thicker Izu (~30 km) and thinner Bonin (~10 km) arcs. In addition to this, several geological and geophysical contrasts, such as seafloor topography and chemical composition of volcanic rocks, between Izu and Bonin arc have been reported [e.g., Yuasa 1992]. We have conducted earthquake observations using ocean bottom seismographs (OBSs) to reveal seismic velocity structure of the crust and mantle wedge in the Izu-Bonin arc and to investigate origin of the along-arc structure variations. We deployed 40 short-period OBSs in Izu and Bonin area in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The OBS data were processed with seismic data recorded at routine seismic stations on Hachijo-jima, Aoga-shima, and Chichi-jima operated by National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED). More than 5000 earthquakes were observed during about three-months observation period in each experiment. We conducted three-dimensional seismic tomography using manually picked P- and S-wave arrival time data. The obtained image shows a different seismic velocity structures in the mantle beneath the volcanic front between Izu and Bonin arcs. Low P-wave velocity anomalies in the mantle beneath the volcanic front in the Izu arc are limited at depths deeper than those in the Bonin arc. On the other hand, P-wave velocity in the low velocity anomalies beneath volcanic front in the Bonin arc is slower than that in the Izu arc. These large-scale along-arc structure variations in the mantle could relate to the geological and geophysical contrasts between Izu and Bonin arcs.

  15. Rayleigh Wave Phase Velocity Maps in South-central Mongolia

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    Yu, D.; Wu, Q.; Gao, M.; Munkhuu, U.; Demberel, S. G.

    2013-12-01

    Mongolia orogenic is located between the Siberian platform, Sino-Korean platform and Tarim platform, and thousands of kilometers away from the Indian-Asian continental collision front. Geological structure in this area is influenced by the complicated orogeny. Active tectonics is marked by the progressive transition from south to north. We collected the vertical component data recorded by 69 broadband seismic stations deployed in the south-central Mongolia from August 2011 to July 2013. By using the frequency-time analysis of wavelet transformation method, we extracted the inter-station phase velocity dispersion curves of fundamental Rayleigh wave and then constructed the phase velocity maps at periods from 12s to 70s. At shorter periods (e.g. 12s), the results show that the phase velocity distributions are well correlated with the large crustal structural domains, with low phase velocities in the gobi basin, while high phase velocities in the mountainous areas. The distributions at middle periods (e.g. 30s) show that low phase velocities are located in the central region and high phase velocities in the southeast and north, which corresponds well with the crustal thickness. The maps at long periods (e.g. 50s, 60s), reveal that a obvious low velocity zone at 106°N, which may indicate the high temperatures and be related with mantle upwelling. In contrast, the southeast region still shows high velocity. This suggests that the shear velocity structure in our study area may be not as simple as previously thought. This study was supported by the international cooperation project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2011DFB20120).

  16. Wavefield Analysis of Rayleigh Waves for Near-Surface Shear-Wave Velocity

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    Zeng, Chong

    2011-12-01

    Shear (S)-wave velocity is a key property of near-surface materials and is the fundamental parameter for many environmental and engineering geophysical studies. Directly acquiring accurate S-wave velocities from a seismic shot gather is usually difficult due to the poor signal-to-noise ratio. The relationship between Rayleigh-wave phase velocity and frequency has been widely utilized to estimate the S-wave velocities in shallow layers using the multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW) technique. Hence, Rayleigh wave is a main focus of most near-surface seismic studies. Conventional dispersion analysis of Rayleigh waves assumes that the earth is laterally homogeneous and the free surface is horizontally flat, which limits the application of surface-wave methods to only 1D earth models or very smooth 2D models. In this study I extend the analysis of Rayleigh waves to a 2D domain by employing the 2D full elastic wave equation so as to address the lateral heterogeneity problem. I first discuss the accurate simulation of Rayleigh waves through finite-difference method and the boundary absorbing problems in the numerical modeling with a high Poisson's ratio (> 0.4), which is a unique near-surface problem. Then I develop an improved vacuum formulation to generate accurate synthetic seismograms focusing on Rayleigh waves in presence of surface topography and internal discontinuities. With these solutions to forward modeling of Rayleigh waves, I evaluate the influence of surface topography to conventional dispersion analysis in 2D and 3D domains by numerical investigations. At last I examine the feasibility of inverting waveforms of Rayleigh waves for shallow S-wave velocities using a genetic algorithm. Results of the study show that Rayleigh waves can be accurately simulated in near surface using the improved vacuum formulation. Spurious reflections during the numerical modeling can be efficiently suppressed by the simplified multiaxial perfectly matched layers. The conventional MASW method can tolerate gentle topography changes with insignificant errors. Finally, many near-surface features with strong lateral heterogeneity such as dipping interfaces, faults, and tunnels can be imaged by the waveform inversion of Rayleigh waves for shallow S-wave velocities. This thesis consists of four papers that are either published (chapter 1) or in review (chapter 2, 3, and 4) for consideration of publication to peer-refereed journals. Each chapter represents a paper, and therefore inadvertently there will be a certain degree of overlap between chapters (particularly for the introduction parts, where references to many common papers occur).

  17. Shear Wave Velocity Imaging Using Transient Electrode Perturbation: Phantom and ex vivo Validation

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    Varghese, Tomy; Madsen, Ernest L.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a new shear wave velocity imaging technique to monitor radio-frequency and microwave ablation procedures, coined electrode vibration elastography. A piezoelectric actuator attached to an ablation needle is transiently vibrated to generate shear waves that are tracked at high frame rates. The time-to-peak algorithm is used to reconstruct the shear wave velocity and thereby the shear modulus variations. The feasibility of electrode vibration elastography is demonstrated using finite element models and ultrasound simulations, tissue-mimicking phantoms simulating fully (phantom 1) and partially ablated (phantom 2) regions, and an ex vivo bovine liver ablation experiment. In phantom experiments, good boundary delineation was observed. Shear wave velocity estimates were within 7% of mechanical measurements in phantom 1 and within 17% in phantom 2. Good boundary delineation was also demonstrated in the ex vivo experiment. The shear wave velocity estimates inside the ablated region were higher than mechanical testing estimates, but estimates in the untreated tissue were within 20% of mechanical measurements. A comparison of electrode vibration elastography and electrode displacement elastography showed the complementary information that they can provide. Electrode vibration elastography shows promise as an imaging modality that provides ablation boundary delineation and quantitative information during ablation procedures. PMID:21075719

  18. Estimation of seabed shear-wave velocity profiles using shear-wave source data.

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    Dong, Hefeng; Nguyen, Thanh-Duong; Duffaut, Kenneth

    2013-07-01

    This paper estimates seabed shear-wave velocity profiles and their uncertainties using interface-wave dispersion curves extracted from data generated by a shear-wave source. The shear-wave source generated a seismic signature over a frequency range between 2 and 60 Hz and was polarized in both in-line and cross-line orientations. Low-frequency Scholte- and Love-waves were recorded. Dispersion curves of the Scholte- and Love-waves for the fundamental mode and higher-order modes are extracted by three time-frequency analysis methods. Both the vertically and horizontally polarized shear-wave velocity profiles in the sediment are estimated by the Scholte- and Love-wave dispersion curves, respectively. A Bayesian approach is utilized for the inversion. Differential evolution, a global search algorithm is applied to estimate the most-probable shear-velocity models. Marginal posterior probability profiles are computed by Metropolis-Hastings sampling. The estimated vertically and horizontally polarized shear-wave velocity profiles fit well with the core and in situ measurements. PMID:23862796

  19. Lithospheric structure beneath the East China Sea revealed by Rayleigh-wave phase velocities

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    Legendre, C. P.; Chen, Q.-F.; Zhao, L.

    2014-12-01

    We explore the variations of Rayleigh-wave phase-velocity beneath the East China Sea in a broad period range (5-200 s). Rayleigh-wave dispersion curves are measured by the two-station technique for a total of 373 interstation paths using vertical-component broad-band waveforms at 32 seismic stations around the East China Sea from 6891 global earthquakes. The resulting maps of Rayleigh-wave phase velocity and azimuthal anisotropy provide a high resolution model of the lithospheric mantle beneath the East China Sea. The model exhibits four regions with different isotropic and anisotropic patterns: the Bohai Sea, belonging to the North China Craton, displays a continental signature with fast velocities at short periods; the Yellow Sea, very stable unit associated with low deformation, exhibits fast velocities and limited anisotropy; the southern part of the East China Sea, with high deformation and many fractures and faults, is related to slow velocities and high anisotropic signature; and the Ryukyu Trench shows high-velocity perturbations and slab parallel anisotropy.

  20. Pulse wave analysis and pulse wave velocity: a critical review of their strengths and weaknesses.

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    Davies, Justine Ina; Struthers, Allan D

    2003-03-01

    The study of the pulse using the technique of applanation tonometry is undergoing a resurgence with the development of new computerized equipment. We aim here to present a critical review of the uses, potential uses, strengths and weaknesses of the technique of applanation tonometry for the assessment of augmentation index and pulse wave velocity. We will review the technique of applanation tonometry, the physiological factors affecting pulse wave velocity and pulse wave analysis, the changes in pulse wave velocity and pulse wave analysis with pharmacological interventions, and the use of the technique of applanation tonometry as a prognostic tool. We conclude that, although the technique of applanation tonometry initially seems promising, several pertinent issues need to be addressed before it can be used reliably as a clinical or research tool. Importantly, use of the technique of applanation tonometry to derive the central waveform from non-invasively acquired peripheral data needs to be validated prospectively. PMID:12640232

  1. SAR imaging of waves in water and ice - Evidence for velocity bunching

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    Lyzenga, D. R.; Shuchman, R. A.; Lyden, J. D.; Rufenach, C. L.

    1985-01-01

    Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images collected over the Arctic marginal ice zone show gravity wave patterns in both the open water and the ice. Diffuse wave patterns are visible in the water at near range (small incidence angles), while most distinct wave patterns are visible in the ice across the entire swath. The wave patterns in the ice appear as bright lines rather than sinusoidal intensity variations. Additionally, the images show a periodic displacement of the ice/water boundary, apparently due to Doppler shift effects associated with the gravity wave orbital motions. These observations are interpreted as evidence for the velocity bunching effect and also illustrate the effects of random scatterer motions in the open water.

  2. Measurements of parallel electron velocity distributions using whistler wave absorption

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    Thuecks, D. J.; Skiff, F.; Kletzing, C. A.

    2012-08-15

    We describe a diagnostic to measure the parallel electron velocity distribution in a magnetized plasma that is overdense ({omega}{sub pe} > {omega}{sub ce}). This technique utilizes resonant absorption of whistler waves by electrons with velocities parallel to a background magnetic field. The whistler waves were launched and received by a pair of dipole antennas immersed in a cylindrical discharge plasma at two positions along an axial background magnetic field. The whistler wave frequency was swept from somewhat below and up to the electron cyclotron frequency {omega}{sub ce}. As the frequency was swept, the wave was resonantly absorbed by the part of the electron phase space density which was Doppler shifted into resonance according to the relation {omega}-k{sub ||v||} = {omega}{sub ce}. The measured absorption is directly related to the reduced parallel electron distribution function integrated along the wave trajectory. The background theory and initial results from this diagnostic are presented here. Though this diagnostic is best suited to detect tail populations of the parallel electron distribution function, these first results show that this diagnostic is also rather successful in measuring the bulk plasma density and temperature both during the plasma discharge and into the afterglow.

  3. Measurements of parallel electron velocity distributions using whistler wave absorption.

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    Thuecks, D J; Skiff, F; Kletzing, C A

    2012-08-01

    We describe a diagnostic to measure the parallel electron velocity distribution in a magnetized plasma that is overdense (ω(pe) > ω(ce)). This technique utilizes resonant absorption of whistler waves by electrons with velocities parallel to a background magnetic field. The whistler waves were launched and received by a pair of dipole antennas immersed in a cylindrical discharge plasma at two positions along an axial background magnetic field. The whistler wave frequency was swept from somewhat below and up to the electron cyclotron frequency ω(ce). As the frequency was swept, the wave was resonantly absorbed by the part of the electron phase space density which was Doppler shifted into resonance according to the relation ω - k([parallel])v([parallel]) = ω(ce). The measured absorption is directly related to the reduced parallel electron distribution function integrated along the wave trajectory. The background theory and initial results from this diagnostic are presented here. Though this diagnostic is best suited to detect tail populations of the parallel electron distribution function, these first results show that this diagnostic is also rather successful in measuring the bulk plasma density and temperature both during the plasma discharge and into the afterglow. PMID:22938290

  4. Variation of Seismic Velocity Structure and Topical Low Velocity Anomalies near the 660 km Discontinuity: Inference and Observational Uncertainties

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    Tajima, F. C.; Sigloch, K.; Nakagawa, T.

    2009-12-01

    Seismic tomography models published in the past two decades led to the findings of common long-wavelength features while there is still large variation of relatively short wavelength features among the models. On the other hand, laboratory experiments show clear difference in the measured properties for synthetic subducted mantle minerals under dry and hydrous conditions, i.e., seismic speeds and phase transformation depths while the water content in the mantle transition zone (MTZ) or the mechanisms of hydration and dehydration through subduction process are still poorly known. Nonetheless, the tomography images or electrical conductivity distributions have been interpreted rather equivocally in terms of thermal structure and water content (or fluid distribution) in the mantle. Thus, in an attempt to validate and supplement the resolution of tomography models, we carried out waveform modeling focusing on the MTZ using reflectivity and finite difference synthetics with relatively short-wavelength body waves (~1 Hz). Results show variation of seismic structure as well as highly localized low velocity anomalies (LVA’s) at the bottom of the MTZ where pronounced flattened high velocity anomalies (HVA’s), stagnant slabs, have been visualized by recent tomography studies. The effects of the LVA zones can be significant on P waveforms as SV converted or scattered waves in a relatively high frequency band while the image of local LVA’s embedded in HVA’s may not be necessarily captured in travel-time tomography studies alone. These LVA’s may indicate dehydration induced melts or fluids which were predicted from high pressure experiments for major subducted slab minerals, i.e., olivine under hydrous conditions. Given possible lateral temperature variation under slab geotherm, the LVA could be highly local. However, the waveform modeling along spotty single high frequency rays alone does not have resolving power of the lateral extent of structural variation or topical anomalies. Accordingly, we address sensitivity issues and apply a finite-frequency approach to remedy the lack of ability to constrain the lateral extent of anomaly or structural variation. Here, the radii of the Fresnel zones of the P wave data at 1 Hz are from 60 to 70 km approximately. Our preliminary analysis performed in different frequency bands indicates promising results to distinguish seismic properties of the area with an LVA zone, and suggests clues to the inhomogeneous distribution of fluids which may be associated with deep dehydration under slab geotherm.

  5. Whistler Waves Driven by Anisotropic Strahl Velocity Distributions: Cluster Observations

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    Vinas, A.F.; Gurgiolo, C.; Nieves-Chinchilla, T.; Gary, S. P.; Goldstein, M. L.

    2010-01-01

    Observed properties of the strahl using high resolution 3D electron velocity distribution data obtained from the Cluster/PEACE experiment are used to investigate its linear stability. An automated method to isolate the strahl is used to allow its moments to be computed independent of the solar wind core+halo. Results show that the strahl can have a high temperature anisotropy (T(perpindicular)/T(parallell) approximately > 2). This anisotropy is shown to be an important free energy source for the excitation of high frequency whistler waves. The analysis suggests that the resultant whistler waves are strong enough to regulate the electron velocity distributions in the solar wind through pitch-angle scattering

  6. Anisotropic shear-wave velocity structure of the Earth's mantle: A global model

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    Kustowski, B.; EkströM, G.; DziewońSki, A. M.

    2008-06-01

    We combine a new, large data set of surface wave phase anomalies, long-period waveforms, and body wave travel times to construct a three-dimensional model of the anisotropic shear wave velocity in the Earth's mantle. Our modeling approach is improved and more comprehensive compared to our earlier studies and involves the development and implementation of a new spherically symmetric reference model, simultaneous inversion for velocity and anisotropy, as well as discontinuity topographies, and implementation of nonlinear crustal corrections for waveforms. A comparison of our new three-dimensional model, S362ANI, with two other models derived from comparable data sets but using different techniques reveals persistent features: (1) strong, ˜200-km-thick, high-velocity anomalies beneath cratons, likely representing the continental lithosphere, underlain by weaker, fast anomalies extending below 250 km, which may represent continental roots, (2) weak velocity heterogeneity between 250 and 400 km depths, (3) fast anomalies extending horizontally up to 2000-3000 km in the mantle transition zone beneath subduction zones, (4) lack of strong long-wavelength heterogeneity below 650 km suggesting inhibiting character of the upper mantle-lower mantle boundary, and (5) slow-velocity superplumes beneath the Pacific and Africa. The shear wave radial anisotropy is strongest at 120 km depth, in particular beneath the central Pacific. Lateral anisotropic variations appreciably improve the fit to data that are predominantly sensitive to the uppermost and lowermost mantle but not to the waveforms that control the transition zone and midmantle depths. Tradeoffs between lateral variations in velocity and anisotropy are negligible in the uppermost mantle but noticeable at the bottom of the mantle.

  7. Estimation of shear velocity contrast from transmitted Ps amplitude variation with ray-parameter

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    Kumar, Prakash; Sen, Mrinal K.; Haldar, Chinmay

    2014-09-01

    Amplitude versus offset of P to P reflection is commonly used by the exploration seismology community for hydrocarbon exploration. In this paper, we investigate the feasibility to estimate crustal velocity structure from transmitted P- to S-wave amplitude variation with ray-parameter. First the transmission coefficient for the plane P wave converting to S wave (P- to -S) is approximated and expressed as a function of slowness. The resulting linear relation involves two coefficients (intercept, X and gradient, Y), which are functions of velocities and densities. Due to the stable nature of X and the fact that P- to -S amplitudes are weakly dependent on the density contrast, we use this parameter next to estimate the shear wave velocity contrast across an interface using the forward scattered P- to -S amplitude versus slowness data. We report on the effectiveness of the approach using various synthetics data sets. The present methodology is also tested on real data sets from two broad-band seismic stations from HYB and COR.

  8. Initial Free-Surface Velocities Imparted by Grazing Detonation Waves

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    Backofen, Joseph; Weickert, Chris

    1999-06-01

    The initial velocity imparted by normal (head-on) impact of detonation waves with plates was found to be predictable by two equations as a result of analysis involving ten materials and nineteen explosives. (See ``The Effects of Plate Thickness and Explosive Properties on Projection from the End of a Charge", 16th International Symposium on Ballistics, 1996.) The current paper will present an examination of initial free-surface velocities imparted by grazing (side-on) detonation waves which, surprisingly, were found to be predictable using the previously developed equations by simply dividing by 2. In other words, two equations having a change-over point at one specific ratio of plate thickness to charge length (t/L) (charge thickness for side-on) were found to represent and predict the initial free-surface velocity for a range 0.001 < t/L < 10 for both head-on and side-on propulsion. Such a simple relationship for the initial free-surface velocities implies that a detonation's high-pressure zone behaves as if it is a Poisson-like solid.

  9. The upper mantle shear wave velocity structure of East Africa derived from Rayleigh wave tomography

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    O'Donnell, J.; Nyblade, A.; Adams, A. N.; Weeraratne, D. S.; Mulibo, G.; Tugume, F.

    2012-12-01

    An expanded model of the three-dimensional shear wave velocity structure of the upper mantle beneath East Africa has been developed using data from the latest phases of the AfricaArray East African Seismic Experiment in conjunction with data from preceding studies. The combined dataset consists of 331 events recorded on a total of 95 seismic stations spanning Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. In this latest study, 149 events were used to determine fundamental mode Rayleigh wave phase velocities at periods ranging from 20 to 182 seconds using the two-plane-wave method. These were subsequently combined with the similarly processed published measurements and inverted for an updated upper mantle three-dimensional shear wave velocity model. Newly imaged features include a substantial fast anomaly in eastern Zambia that may have exerted a controlling influence on the evolution of the Western Rift Branch. Furthermore, there is a suggestion that the Eastern Rift Branch trends southeastward offshore eastern Tanzania.

  10. Measurements of wind velocity and pressure with a wave follower during Marsen

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    Hsiao, S. V.; Shemdim, O. H.

    1983-01-01

    Air pressure data are used in determining the rate of momentum transfer from wind to waves. On the basis of the wind velocity measurements, the wave-induced airflow and its coherence with waves are obtained for various wind velocities and phase speeds of the ocean waves. The pressure results suggest that momentum transfer to waves can be specified by a certain relation, which is given. The wind-velocity results suggest that the wave-induced airflow is much smaller than the mean wind speed. An empirical equation is proposed for the modulation of atmospheric transfer to short waves caused by the orbital velocity of long waves.

  11. Shear wave velocity structure of the upper mantle under the NW Indian Ocean

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    Manglik, A.

    2002-12-01

    Shear wave velocity structure of the NW Indian ocean is analysed by using fundamental mode Rayleigh wave dispersion data of 67 events occurred during 1990-98 at the central Indian Ridge and Carlsberg Ridge and recorded at Hyderabad Geoscope station (HYB). These events provide a dense coverage of the NW Indian ocean and Chagos-Laccadive Ridge (CLR) in the back-azimuthal range of 192-253° with respect to HYB. The dispersion curves, corrected for continental and young ocean paths, indicate large variations in the shear wave velocity structure of the region. The group velocities along the CLR path support a typical aseismic ridge-type structure. However, the central region bounded between the Central Indian Ridge and India in the back-azimuth of 206-234° indicates a decrease in the group velocity by 0.1 km/s. Inversion of these data sets indicates presence of aseismic-ridge type lithospheric structure for CLR, a thin lithosphere and high velocity block in the depth range of 125-200 km for the central region, and a continental-type lithospheric structure for the northern-most part of the Indian ocean. It is inferred that the dynamic state of the upper mantle in this region has been significantly perturbed during the recent geological past.

  12. Observations of Rapid Velocity Variations in the Slow Solar Wind

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    Hardwick, S. A.; Bisi, M. M.; Davies, J. A.; Breen, A. R.; Fallows, R. A.; Harrison, R. A.; Davis, C. J.

    2013-07-01

    The technique of interplanetary scintillation (IPS) is the observation of rapid fluctuations of the radio signal from an astronomical compact source as the signal passes through the ever-changing density of the solar wind. Cross-correlation of simultaneous observations of IPS from a single radio source, received at multiple sites of the European Incoherent SCATter (EISCAT) radio antenna network, is used to determine the velocity of the solar wind material passing over the lines of sight of the antennas. Calculated velocities reveal the slow solar wind to contain rapid velocity variations when viewed on a time-scale of several minutes. Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) Heliospheric Imager (HI) observations of white-light intensity have been compared with EISCAT observations of IPS to identify common density structures that may relate to the rapid velocity variations in the slow solar wind. We have surveyed a one-year period, starting in April 2007, of the EISCAT IPS observing campaigns beginning shortly after the commencement of full science operations of the STEREO mission in a bid to identify common density structures in both EISCAT and STEREO HI datasets. We provide a detailed investigation and presentation of joint IPS/HI observations from two specific intervals on 23 April 2007 and 19 May 2007 for which the IPS P-Point (point of closest approach of the line of sight to the Sun) was between 72 and 87 solar radii out from the Sun's centre. During the 23 April interval, a meso-scale (of the order of 105 km or larger) transient structure was observed by HI-1A to pass over the IPS ray path near the P-Point; the observations of IPS showed a micro-scale structure (of the order of 102 km) within the meso-scale transient. Observations of IPS from the second interval, on 19 May, revealed similar micro-scale velocity changes, however, no transient structures were detected by the HIs during that period. We also pose some fundamental thoughts on the slow solar wind structure itself.

  13. Shear wave velocity structure of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa

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    Kgaswane, E. M.; Nyblade, A.; Dirks, P.; Durrheim, R. J.

    2010-12-01

    In this study, upper crustal structure of the Bushveld Complex (BC) is investigated. The BC is a prominent layered igneous mafic intrusion located within the northern part of the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa. Past studies suggest that the mafic outcrops of the western and eastern limbs of the BC may be continuous and connected at depth. The principal objective of this study is to map out the continuity and connectivity of mafic units of the BC in areas without surface exposure using high frequency Rayleigh wave tomography and the joint inversion of high frequency receiver functions and short period Rayleigh wave group velocity. Event-station, group velocities have been measured for 201 local and regional earthquakes. These earthquakes were recorded by 42 broadband stations selected from the temporary SASE (Southern African Seismic Experiment) network and two broadband stations each belonging to the GSN (Global Seismic Network) and SANSN (South African National Seismograph Network). Most of the earthquakes occurred within deep gold mines to the south of the BC and within mines within the BC itself. Results of the lower crust of the BC confirm the presence of about 5 km of crustal thickening under the BC and suggest that the upper crust in the middle of the BC may have high velocities indicative of mafic rock layers near the surface.

  14. Potential Misidentification of Love-Wave Phase Velocity Based on Three-Component Ambient Seismic Noise

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    Xu, Zongbo; Xia, Jianghai; Luo, Yinhe; Cheng, Feng; Pan, Yudi

    2015-08-01

    People have calculated Rayleigh-wave phase velocities from vertical component of ambient seismic noise for several years. Recently, researchers started to extract Love waves from transverse component recordings of ambient noise, where "transverse" is defined as the direction perpendicular to a great-circle path or a line in small scale through observation sensors. Most researches assumed Rayleigh waves could be negligible, but Rayleigh waves can exist in the transverse component when Rayleigh waves propagate in other directions besides radial direction. In study of data acquired in western Junggar Basin near Karamay city, China, after processing the transverse component recordings of ambient noise, we obtain two energy trends, which are distinguished with Rayleigh-wave and Love-wave phase velocities, in the frequency-velocity domain using multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW). Rayleigh waves could be also extracted from the transverse component data. Because Rayleigh-wave and Love-wave phase velocities are close in high frequencies (>0.1 Hz), two kinds of surface waves might be merged in the frequency-velocity domain. Rayleigh-wave phase velocities may be misidentified as Love-wave phase velocities. To get accurate surface-wave phase velocities from the transverse component data using seismic interferometry in investigating the shallow geology, our results suggest using MASW to calculate real Love-wave phase velocities.

  15. Potential Misidentification of Love-Wave Phase Velocity Based on Three-Component Ambient Seismic Noise

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    Xu, Zongbo; Xia, Jianghai; Luo, Yinhe; Cheng, Feng; Pan, Yudi

    2016-04-01

    People have calculated Rayleigh-wave phase velocities from vertical component of ambient seismic noise for several years. Recently, researchers started to extract Love waves from transverse component recordings of ambient noise, where "transverse" is defined as the direction perpendicular to a great-circle path or a line in small scale through observation sensors. Most researches assumed Rayleigh waves could be negligible, but Rayleigh waves can exist in the transverse component when Rayleigh waves propagate in other directions besides radial direction. In study of data acquired in western Junggar Basin near Karamay city, China, after processing the transverse component recordings of ambient noise, we obtain two energy trends, which are distinguished with Rayleigh-wave and Love-wave phase velocities, in the frequency-velocity domain using multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW). Rayleigh waves could be also extracted from the transverse component data. Because Rayleigh-wave and Love-wave phase velocities are close in high frequencies (>0.1 Hz), two kinds of surface waves might be merged in the frequency-velocity domain. Rayleigh-wave phase velocities may be misidentified as Love-wave phase velocities. To get accurate surface-wave phase velocities from the transverse component data using seismic interferometry in investigating the shallow geology, our results suggest using MASW to calculate real Love-wave phase velocities.

  16. Hemispherical variations in seismic velocity at the top of the Earth's inner core.

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    Niu, F; Wen, L

    2001-04-26

    Knowledge of the seismic velocity structure at the top of the Earth's inner core is important for deciphering the physical processes responsible for inner-core growth. Previous global seismic studies have focused on structures found 100 km or deeper within the inner core, with results for the uppermost 100 km available for only isolated regions. Here we present constraints on seismic velocity variations just beneath the inner-core boundary, determined from the difference in travel time between waves reflected at the inner-core boundary and those transmitted through the inner core. We found that these travel-time residuals-observed on both global seismograph stations and several regional seismic networks-are systematically larger, by about 0.8 s, for waves that sample the 'eastern hemisphere' of the inner core (40 degrees E to 180 degrees E) compared to those that sample the 'western hemisphere' (180 degrees W to 40 degrees E). These residuals show no correlation with the angle at which the waves traverse the inner core; this indicates that seismic anisotropy is not strong in this region and that the isotropic seismic velocity of the eastern hemisphere is about 0.8% higher than that of the western hemisphere. PMID:11323668

  17. Estimation of surface-wave phase velocity from microtremor observation using an array with a reference station

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    Yamanaka, Hiroaki; Kato, Kei; Chimoto, Kosuke; Tsuno, Seiji

    2015-09-01

    A procedure for estimation of Rayleigh wave phase velocities from microtremor observations, using an array with a reference station, is investigated in this study. Simultaneous observation of microtremors at a reference station and at a strong motion observation array in the Kanto Basin, Japan, was carried out. We first calculated cross correlations between records at the reference station and those at stations in the array using a seismic interferometric processing method on a 4300-h data series. After identifying dispersive Rayleigh waves from results of multiple filtering analysis of the cross correlations, semblance analysis of the cross correlations for different segments was carried out to estimate phase velocities for fundamental and higher-mode Rayleigh waves. The phase velocities from the proposed method are more appropriate than those from conventional methods at long periods as they avoid contamination by higher mode Rayleigh waves. The fundamental Rayleigh wave phase velocities were inverted to an S-wave velocity profile for deep sedimentary layers. We also examined the variations in the phase velocity with decreasing data duration. The phase velocities at periods less than 3 s from 6-h records are similar to those from 4300-h records, suggesting that our method is possibly applicable in microtremor exploration.

  18. Shallow S-wave Velocity Structure Based on the ZH Ratio Method Around Los Angeles Basin

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    Hakamata, T.; Yano, T. E.; Tanimoto, T.

    2011-12-01

    In order to predict seismic ground motion, elucidation of site conditions such as Vs30 is absolutely important. However, in order to predict long-period ground motions (~ 0.1 Hz), the depth range must be extended from 30 m to a much deeper depth, possibly to 5-10 km, as wavelength of seismic waves become long and those waves become sensitive to deeper regions. We developed a method that uses Rayleigh-wave ellipticity data, estimated from seismic noise (the ZH method), to derive shallow S-wave structure (< 10 km in depth) in the Los Angeles area, using broadband data (about 150 stations) recorded at local dense SCSN network. Using two years (2002 and 2003) of continuous data, we tested feasibility of an approach that analyzes low-frequency microseisms about 0.1-0.3 Hz. There is abundant evidence that such low-frequency microseisms are dominated by Rayleigh waves. Depth sensitivity of phase and group velocities of Rayleigh waves can reach almost 20 km for this frequency range, but the ZH ratios' sensitivity is confined to approximately half of those depth ranges (10 km). With the ZH ratios, we thus have a clean data set to derive shallow S-wave structure for the upper 10 km of the Earth. In fact, we observe systematic geographic variations in the ZH ratios between the LA basin and outside of this basin. Application to the urban Los Angeles region indicates that systematic perturbations in S-wave velocity structure are required up to about 50% of the reference velocity model for the region (the SCEC Community Velocity Models) in order to explain our measured ZH ratio values. Patterns of surface ground motion by large earthquakes in the region may dramatically differ from previous ground-motion predictions because of these changes in shallow S-wave velocity structure. We will present the systematic difference of ZH ratio measurements depending on the different area and S-wave structure due to the inversion using ZH ratio measurements.

  19. Mapping Phase Velocities and Azimuthal Anisotropy of Rayleigh Waves in Iceland

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    Li, A.; Detrick, R. S.

    2002-05-01

    Using Rayleigh wave data recorded at both the HOTSPOT and the ICEMELT experiments in Iceland, we have applied the two-plane wave inversion technique and obtained phase velocities and azimuthal anisotropy from period 20 s to 100 s. The most striking feature is that the slow anomalies are generally confined beneath the Icelandic rift zones but not correlate with the plume center on the surface. Azimuthal anisotropy appears to be frequency dependent and also shows strong lateral variations especially between the western Iceland, the rift zones, and the eastern Iceland, as suggested by shear-wave splitting measurements. It is well known that tradeoffs exist between isotropic and anisotropic heterogeneity. We conducted resolution tests to estimate how robust the observed features of phase velocities and anisotropy are. Synthetic phase and amplitude data of Rayleigh waves were calculated from a typical phase velocity model that has low velocities beneath the Icelandic rift zones. Azimuthal anisotropy that uniformly distributes in the area or varies laterally by tectonic province was also included in the input models. The pattern of isotropic phase velocities with fast anomalies in the western and eastern Iceland and the slow in the rift zones is well recovered in both isotropic and anisotropic inversions. The azimuthal anisotropy larger than 1% in the input models can be largely retrieved. However, the amount of anisotropy when varying by tectonic province is not negligible in anisotropic solutions even for isotropic input models. Therefore, we suggest inverting synthetic data from the observed isotropic phase velocity models in order to detect whether the observed anisotropy reflects the real structure or the tradeoff with isotropic heterogeneity.

  20. Blood pulse wave velocity measured by photoacoustic microscopy

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    Yeh, Chenghung; Hu, Song; Maslov, Konstantin; Wang, Lihong V.

    2013-03-01

    Blood pulse wave velocity (PWV) is an important indicator for vascular stiffness. In this letter, we present electrocardiogram-synchronized photoacoustic microscopy for in vivo noninvasive quantification of the PWV in the peripheral vessels of mice. Interestingly, strong correlation between blood flow speed and ECG were clearly observed in arteries but not in veins. PWV is measured by the pulse travel time and the distance between two spot of a chose vessel, where simultaneously recorded electrocardiograms served as references. Statistical analysis shows a linear correlation between the PWV and the vessel diameter, which agrees with known physiology. Keywords: photoacoustic microscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy, bilirubin, scattering medium.

  1. Three-Dimensional Velocity Structure in Southern California from Teleseismic Surface Waves and Body Waves.

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    Prindle-Sheldrake, K. L.; Tanimoto, T.

    2003-12-01

    Analysis of teleseismic waves generated by large earthquakes worldwide across the Southern California TriNet Seismic Broadband Array has yielded high quality measurements of both surface waves and body waves. Rayleigh waves and Love waves were previously analyzed using a spectral fitting technique (Tanimoto. and Prindle-Sheldrake, GRL 2002; Prindle-Sheldrake and Tanimoto, submitted to JGR), producing a three-dimensional S-wave velocity structure. Features in our velocity structure show some regional contrasts with respect to the starting model (SCEC 2.2), which has detailed crustal structure, but laterally homogeneous upper mantle structure. The most prominent of which is a postulated fast velocity anomaly located west of the Western Transverse Ranges that could be related to a rotated remnant plate from Farallon subduction. Analysis indicates that, while Rayleigh wave data are mostly sensitive to mantle structure, Love wave data require some modifications of crustal structure from SCEC 2.2 model. Recent advances in our velocity structure focus on accommodation of finite frequency effect, and the addition of body waves to the data. Thus far, 118 events have been analyzed for body waves. A simple geometrical approach is used to represent the finite frequency effect in phase velocity maps. Due to concerns that, for seismic phases between 10-100 seconds, structure away from the ray theoretical is also sampled by a propagating surface wave, we have adopted a technique which examines a normal mode formula in its asymptotic limit (Tanimoto, GRL 2003 in press). An ellipse, based on both distance from source to receiver and wavelength, can be used to approximate the effect on the structure along the ray path and adjacent structure. Three models were tested in order to select the appropriate distribution within the ellipse; the first case gives equal weight to all blocks within the ellipse; case 2 incorporates a Gaussian function which falls off perpendicular to the ray path, allowing the amplitude to peak at the receiver; case 3 is the same as case 2, yet removes the effect of the peak at the receiver. A major improvement is that the locale under consideration has expanded due to the effect of ray paths spreading over a larger area than the ray theoretical. Comparison of the three techniques yields very similar results, and all techniques show an exceptional correlation to the ray theoretical phase velocity maps. After analyzing our data in terms of the finite frequency effect, we find that little change has occurred as a result of employing this technique other than expanding our region of study. P-wave measurements were obtained from the data set for 118 events. Preliminary results show systematic patterns. We have successfully measured 30 S-wave events which we plan to incorporate into our velocity structure. Our goal is to proceed with a joint inversion of P-waves, S-waves and Surface waves for a collective Southern California velocity structure.

  2. Correcting Radial Velocities for Long-Term Magnetic Activity Variations.

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    Saar; Fischer

    2000-05-01

    We study stars in the Lick planetary survey for correlations between simultaneous measurements of high-precision radial velocities vr and magnetic activity (as measured in an SIR emission index from Ca ii lambda8662). We find significant correlations in approximately 30% of the stars. After removing linear trends between SIR and vr, we find that the dispersion in vr in these stars is decreased by an average of 17%, or approximately 45% of the dispersion above the measurement noise. F stars and less active stars with variable Ca ii H and K lines are the most successfully corrected. The magnitude of the slope of the SIR versus vr relations increases proportional to vsini and (excepting M dwarfs) tends to decrease with decreasing Teff. We argue that the main cause of these effects is modification of the mean line bisector shape brought on by long-term, magnetic activity-induced changes in the surface brightness and convective patterns. The correlations can be used to partially correct vr data for the effects of long-term activity variations, potentially permitting study of planets around some (higher mass) younger stars and planets producing smaller stellar reflex velocities. PMID:10790082

  3. New Hybridized Surface Wave Approach for Geotechnical Modeling of Shear Wave Velocity at Strong Motion Recording Stations

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    Kayen, R.; Carkin, B.; Minasian, D.

    2006-12-01

    Strong motion recording (SMR) networks often have little or no shear wave velocity measurements at stations where characterization of site amplification and site period effects is needed. Using the active Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves (SASW) method, and passive H/V microtremor method we have investigated nearly two hundred SMR sites in California, Alaska, Japan, Australia, China and Taiwan. We are conducting these studies, in part, to develop a new hybridized method of site characterization that utilizes a parallel array of harmonic-wave sources for active-source SASW, and a single long period seismometer for passive-source microtremor measurement. Surface wave methods excel in their ability to non-invasively and rapidly characterize the variation of ground stiffness properties with depth below the surface. These methods are lightweight, inexpensive to deploy, and time-efficient. They have been shown to produce accurate and deep soil stiffness profiles. By placing and wiring shakers in a large parallel circuit, either side-by-side on the ground or in a trailer-mounted array, a strong in-phase harmonic wave can be produced. The effect of arraying many sources in parallel is to increase the amplitude of waves received at far-away spaced seismometers at low frequencies so as to extend the longest wavelengths of the captured dispersion curve. The USGS system for profiling uses this concept by arraying between two and eight electro-mechanical harmonic-wave shakers. With large parallel arrays of vibrators, a dynamic force in excess of 1000 lb can be produced to vibrate the ground and produce surface waves. We adjust the harmonic wave through a swept-sine procedure to profile surface wave dispersion down to a frequency of 1 Hz and out to surface wave-wavelengths of 200-1000 meters, depending on the site stiffness. The parallel-array SASW procedure is augmented using H/V microtremor data collected with the active source turned off. Passive array microtremor data reveal the natural and resonance characteristics of the ground by capturing persistent natural vibrations. These microtremors are the result of the interaction of surface waves arriving from distant sources and the stiffness structure of the site under investigation. As such, these resonance effects are effective in constraining the layer thicknesses of the SASW shear wave velocity structure and aid in determining the depth of the deepest layer. Together, the hybridized SASW and H/V procedure provides a complete data set for modeling the geotechnical aspects of ground amplification of earthquake motions. Data from these investigations are available at http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/geotech.

  4. Warm wave breaking of nonlinear plasma waves with arbitrary phase velocities

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    Schroeder, C.B.; Esarey, E.; Shadwick, B.A.

    2005-11-01

    A warm, relativistic fluid theory of a nonequilibrium, collisionless plasma is developed to analyze nonlinear plasma waves excited by intense drive beams. The maximum amplitude and wavelength are calculated for nonrelativistic plasma temperatures and arbitrary plasma wave phase velocities. The maximum amplitude is shown to increase in the presence of a laser field. These results set a limit to the achievable gradient in plasma-based accelerators.

  5. Warm wave breaking of nonlinear plasma waves with arbitrary phase velocities.

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    Schroeder, C B; Esarey, E; Shadwick, B A

    2005-11-01

    A warm, relativistic fluid theory of a nonequilibrium, collisionless plasma is developed to analyze nonlinear plasma waves excited by intense drive beams. The maximum amplitude and wavelength are calculated for nonrelativistic plasma temperatures and arbitrary plasma wave phase velocities. The maximum amplitude is shown to increase in the presence of a laser field. These results set a limit to the achievable gradient in plasma-based accelerators. PMID:16383678

  6. Lanczos steps to improve variational wave functions

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    Becca, Federico; Hu, Wen-Jun; Iqbal, Yasir; Parola, Alberto; Poilblanc, Didier; Sorella, Sandro

    2015-09-01

    Gutzwiller-projected fermionic states can be efficiently implemented within quantum Monte Carlo calculations to define extremely accurate variational wave functions for Heisenberg models on frustrated two-dimensional lattices, not only for the ground state but also for low-energy excitations. The application of few Lanczos steps on top of these states further improves their accuracy, allowing calculations on large clusters. In addition, by computing both the energy and its variance, it is possible to obtain reliable estimations of exact results. Here, we report the cases of the frustrated Heisenberg models on square and Kagome lattices.

  7. S-wave velocity structure in southwest China from surface wave tomography and receiver functions

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    Wang, W.; Wu, J.; Fang, L.; Lai, G.; Yang, T.

    2013-12-01

    Using the surface wave records of 504 teleseismic events at 50 temporal and 92 permanent seismic stations in southwest China, we extracted the phase velocity dispersion curves with interstation correlation method, and obtained the phase velocity maps at 10, 15, 25, 40, 60 and 75 s with a grid space of 0.5×0.5 from surface wave tomography. Meanwhile, we obtained the S-wave velocity structures beneath three profiles from the joint inversion of receiver functions and surface waves. From the maps at short periods (10 and 15 s) and long periods (40, 60 and 75 s), different distribution features of high velocity zones (HVZs for short) and low velocity zones (LVZs for short) are shown in the study area: HVZs at short periods are shown in the Panzhihua - Emeishan region, Sichuan basin and Weixi-Lijiang region, surrounding the LVZs from Songpan-Ganzi block to the east of Lijiang where there are significant higher elevations; whereas HVZs at long periods are shown in the Weixi-Lijiang region, Panzhihua-Chuxiong basin and Kunming-Tonghai region and forming a line in the center part of the study area, and the fast polarization directions of the shear wave from SKS analysis on the two sides of the line change significantly. These phenomena indicate plateau material flow can be blocked in two different depth intervals and leads to different horizontal extensions. From the maps at long periods and the structures along the profiles, LVZs are shown in the upper mantle beneath rapid slip fault zones, such as Anninghe - Zemuhe - Xiaojiang fault zone, Red River fault zone and Xiaojinhe fault zone, implying these faults are deep penetrating faults. Figure (a-f) Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps at 10, 15, 25,40,60 and 75 s with a resolution of 100 km. The black lines represent faults. The red points represent M≥6 earthquakes. The colour scale changes in different panels. Figure (g) Distribution of the seismic stations and regional tectonic features in the study area. Figure (h-j) The S wave velocity structures beneath the profiles AA', BB' and CC' from the joint inversion of receiver functions and surface waves. The results at different stations are vertically projected to the profiles.

  8. Analysis shear wave velocity structure obtained from surface wave methods in Bornova, Izmir

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    Pamuk, Eren; Özdaǧ, Özkan Cevdet; Akgün, Mustafa

    2016-04-01

    Properties of the soil from the bedrock is necessary to describe accurately and reliably for the reduction of earthquake damage. Because seismic waves change their amplitude and frequency content owing to acoustic impedance difference between soil and bedrock. Firstly, shear wave velocity and depth information of layers on bedrock is needed to detect this changing. Shear wave velocity can be obtained using inversion of Rayleigh wave dispersion curves obtained from surface wave methods (MASW- the Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves, ReMi-Refraction Microtremor, SPAC-Spatial Autocorrelation). While research depth is limeted in active source study, a passive source methods are utilized for deep depth which is not reached using active source methods. ReMi method is used to determine layer thickness and velocity up to 100 m using seismic refraction measurement systems.The research carried out up to desired depth depending on radius using SPAC which is utilized easily in conditions that district using of seismic studies in the city. Vs profiles which are required to calculate deformations in under static and dynamic loads can be obtained with high resolution using combining rayleigh wave dispersion curve obtained from active and passive source methods. In the this study, Surface waves data were collected using the measurements of MASW, ReMi and SPAC at the İzmir Bornova region. Dispersion curves obtained from surface wave methods were combined in wide frequency band and Vs-depth profiles were obtained using inversion. Reliability of the resulting soil profiles were provided by comparison with theoretical transfer function obtained from soil paremeters and observed soil transfer function from Nakamura technique and by examination of fitting between these functions. Vs values are changed between 200-830 m/s and engineering bedrock (Vs>760 m/s) depth is approximately 150 m.

  9. Internal wave pressure, velocity, and energy flux from density perturbations

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    Allshouse, Michael R.; Lee, Frank M.; Morrison, Philip J.; Swinney, Harry L.

    2016-05-01

    Determination of energy transport is crucial for understanding the energy budget and fluid circulation in density varying fluids such as the ocean and the atmosphere. However, it is rarely possible to determine the energy flux field J =p u , which requires simultaneous measurements of the pressure and velocity perturbation fields p and u , respectively. We present a method for obtaining the instantaneous J (x ,z ,t ) from density perturbations alone: A Green's function-based calculation yields p ; u is obtained by integrating the continuity equation and the incompressibility condition. We validate our method with results from Navier-Stokes simulations: The Green's function method is applied to the density perturbation field from the simulations and the result for J is found to agree typically to within 1% with J computed directly using p and u from the Navier-Stokes simulation. We also apply the Green's function method to density perturbation data from laboratory schlieren measurements of internal waves in a stratified fluid and the result for J agrees to within 6 % with results from Navier-Stokes simulations. Our method for determining the instantaneous velocity, pressure, and energy flux fields applies to any system described by a linear approximation of the density perturbation field, e.g., to small-amplitude lee waves and propagating vertical modes. The method can be applied using our matlab graphical user interface EnergyFlux.

  10. Predicting S-wave velocities for unconsolidated sediments at low effective pressure

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    Lee, Myung W.

    2010-01-01

    Accurate S-wave velocities for shallow sediments are important in performing a reliable elastic inversion for gas hydrate-bearing sediments and in evaluating velocity models for predicting S-wave velocities, but few S-wave velocities are measured at low effective pressure. Predicting S-wave velocities by using conventional methods based on the Biot-Gassmann theory appears to be inaccurate for laboratory-measured velocities at effective pressures less than about 4-5 megapascals (MPa). Measured laboratory and well log velocities show two distinct trends for S-wave velocities with respect to P-wave velocity: one for the S-wave velocity less than about 0.6 kilometer per second (km/s) which approximately corresponds to effective pressure of about 4-5 MPa, and the other for S-wave velocities greater than 0.6 km/s. To accurately predict S-wave velocities at low effective pressure less than about 4-5 MPa, a pressure-dependent parameter that relates the consolidation parameter to shear modulus of the sediments at low effective pressure is proposed. The proposed method in predicting S-wave velocity at low effective pressure worked well for velocities of water-saturated sands measured in the laboratory. However, this method underestimates the well-log S-wave velocities measured in the Gulf of Mexico, whereas the conventional method performs well for the well log velocities. The P-wave velocity dispersion due to fluid in the pore spaces, which is more pronounced at high frequency with low effective pressures less than about 4 MPa, is probably a cause for this discrepancy.

  11. A continuous record of intereruption velocity change at Mount St. Helens from coda wave interferometry

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    Hotovec-Ellis, Alicia J.; Gomberg, Joan S.; Vidale, John; Creager, Ken C.

    2014-01-01

    In September 2004, Mount St. Helens volcano erupted after nearly 18 years of quiescence. However, it is unclear from the limited geophysical observations when or if the magma chamber replenished following the 1980–1986 eruptions in the years before the 2004–2008 extrusive eruption. We use coda wave interferometry with repeating earthquakes to measure small changes in the velocity structure of Mount St. Helens volcano that might indicate magmatic intrusion. By combining observations of relative velocity changes from many closely located earthquake sources, we solve for a continuous function of velocity changes with time. We find that seasonal effects dominate the relative velocity changes. Seismicity rates and repeating earthquake occurrence also vary seasonally; therefore, velocity changes and seismicity are likely modulated by snow loading, fluid saturation, and/or changes in groundwater level. We estimate hydrologic effects impart stress changes on the order of tens of kilopascals within the upper 4 km, resulting in annual velocity variations of 0.5 to 1%. The largest nonseasonal change is a decrease in velocity at the time of the deep Mw = 6.8 Nisqually earthquake. We find no systematic velocity changes during the most likely times of intrusions, consistent with a lack of observable surface deformation. We conclude that if replenishing intrusions occurred, they did not alter seismic velocities where this technique is sensitive due to either their small size or the finite compressibility of the magma chamber. We interpret the observed velocity changes and shallow seasonal seismicity as a response to small stress changes in a shallow, pressurized system.

  12. A continuous record of intereruption velocity change at Mount St. Helens from coda wave interferometry

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    Hotovec-Ellis, A. J.; Gomberg, J.; Vidale, J. E.; Creager, K. C.

    2014-03-01

    In September 2004, Mount St. Helens volcano erupted after nearly 18 years of quiescence. However, it is unclear from the limited geophysical observations when or if the magma chamber replenished following the 1980-1986 eruptions in the years before the 2004-2008 extrusive eruption. We use coda wave interferometry with repeating earthquakes to measure small changes in the velocity structure of Mount St. Helens volcano that might indicate magmatic intrusion. By combining observations of relative velocity changes from many closely located earthquake sources, we solve for a continuous function of velocity changes with time. We find that seasonal effects dominate the relative velocity changes. Seismicity rates and repeating earthquake occurrence also vary seasonally; therefore, velocity changes and seismicity are likely modulated by snow loading, fluid saturation, and/or changes in groundwater level. We estimate hydrologic effects impart stress changes on the order of tens of kilopascals within the upper 4 km, resulting in annual velocity variations of 0.5 to 1%. The largest nonseasonal change is a decrease in velocity at the time of the deep Mw = 6.8 Nisqually earthquake. We find no systematic velocity changes during the most likely times of intrusions, consistent with a lack of observable surface deformation. We conclude that if replenishing intrusions occurred, they did not alter seismic velocities where this technique is sensitive due to either their small size or the finite compressibility of the magma chamber. We interpret the observed velocity changes and shallow seasonal seismicity as a response to small stress changes in a shallow, pressurized system.

  13. Relationship between macro-fracture density, P-wave velocity, and permeability of coal

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    Wang, Haichao; Pan, Jienan; Wang, Sen; Zhu, Haitao

    2015-06-01

    This study was undertaken to determine the quantitative relationship between macro-fracture density, P-wave velocity, porosity and permeability of different coal rank samples from mining areas in North China. The coal sample permeability shows an exponential growth with increasing fracture density. The relation between P-wave velocity and porosity is power function and P-wave velocity decreases with the increasing porosity. P-wave velocity linearly or nonlinearly decreases with the increase of fracture density in the selected coal samples (0.73-3.59% Ro). However, the overall trend is that P-wave velocity decreases with an increase in macro-fracture density. The permeability of coal samples linearly decreases with the increase of P-wave velocity. The quantitative relationship between P-wave velocity and permeability could provide reference for the further study of permeability predicting.

  14. The Study on S-Wave Velocity Structure of Upper Crust in Three Gorges Region of Yangtze River

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    Li, X.; Zhu, P.; Zhou, Q.

    2014-12-01

    The profile of S-wave velocity structure along Badong-Maoping-Tumen is presented using the ambient noise data observed at 10 stations from mobile broadband seismic array which is located at Three Gorges Region. All of available vertical component time series during April and May,2011 have been cross-correlated to estimate the empirical Green functions. Group velocity dispersion curves were measured by applying multiple filtering technique. Using these dispersion curves,we obtain high resolution pure-path dispersions at 0.5-10 second periods. The S-wave velocity structure,which was reconstructed by inverting the pure-path dispersions,reveals the velocity variations of upper crust at Three Gorges Region. Main conclusions are as follows:(1)The velocity variations in the study region have a close relationship with the geological structure and the velocity profile suggests a anticline unit which core area is Huangling block;(2)The relative fast velocity variations beneath Jiuwanxi and its surrounding areas may correspond to the geological structure and earthquake activity there;(3) The high velocity of the upper crustal in Sandouping indicates that the Reservoir Dam of Three Gorges is located at a tectonic stable region.

  15. Seasonal variations of seismic velocities in the San Jacinto fault area observed with ambient seismic noise

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    Hillers, G.; Ben-Zion, Y.; Campillo, M.; Zigone, D.

    2015-08-01

    We observe seasonal seismic wave speed changes (dv/v) in the San Jacinto fault area and investigate several likely source mechanisms. Velocity variations are obtained from analysis of 6 yr data of vertical component seismic noise recorded by 10 surface and six borehole stations. We study the interrelation between dv/v records, frequency-dependent seismic noise properties, and nearby environmental data of wind speed, rain, ground water level, barometric pressure and atmospheric temperature. The results indicate peak-to-peak seasonal velocity variations of ˜0.2 per cent in the 0.5-2 Hz frequency range, likely associated with genuine changes of rock properties rather than changes in the noise field. Phase measurements between dv/v and the various environmental data imply that the dominant source mechanism in the arid study area is thermoelastic strain induced by atmospheric temperature variations. The other considered environmental effects produce secondary variations that are superimposed on the thermal-based changes. More detailed work with longer data on the response of rocks to various known external loadings can help tracking the evolving stress and effective rheology at depth.

  16. Imaging Rayleigh Wave Attenuation and Phase Velocity beneath North America with USArray

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    Bao, X.; Dalton, C. A.; Jin, G.; Gaherty, J. B.

    2014-12-01

    The EarthScope USArray provides an opportunity to obtain detailed images of the continental upper mantle of United States at a novel scale. The majority of mantle models derived from USArray data contain spatial variations in velocity; however, little is known about the attenuation structure of the North American upper mantle. Joint interpretation of seismic attenuation and velocity models can improve upon the interpretations based only on velocity, and provide important constraints on the temperature, composition, melt content, and volatile content of the mantle. In this study, Rayleigh wave travel time and amplitude are measured using an interstation cross-correlation version of the Generalized Seismological Data Functional algorithm, which takes advantage of waveform similarity at nearby stations. Our data are from 670 large teleseismic earthquakes that occurred from 2006 to 2014 and were recorded by 1,764 Transportable Array stations. More than 4.8 million measurements at periods between 20 and 100 s are collected into our database. Isolating the signal of attenuation in the amplitude observations is challenging because amplitudes are sensitive to a number of factors in addition to attenuation, such as focusing/defocusing and local site amplification. We generate several Rayleigh wave attenuation maps at each period, using several different approaches to account for source and receiver effects on amplitude. This suite of attenuation maps allows us to distinguish between the robust features in the maps and the features that are sensitive to the treatment of source and receiver effects. We apply Helmholtz surface-wave tomography (Lin et al., 2012) to determine velocity and attenuation maps. A significant contrast in velocity and attenuation is observed in the transition between the western and central United States along the Rocky Mountain front. We find low Q values in the western US, along the eastern coast, and the Gulf plain. These areas are also characterized by low wave speed in the phase-velocity maps. The lateral variations in Q may indicate possible temperature variations in the upper mantle of the continental interior. Our Q maps in the western US show good agreement with those presented by Lin et al. (2012). Both models contain low Q (< 100) beneath the Colorado Plateau and the West Coast for 60 s.

  17. Robustness of waves with a high phase velocity

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    Tajima, T.; Necas, A.

    2016-03-01

    Norman Rostoker pioneered research of (1) plasma-driven accelerators and (2) beam-driven fusion reactors. The collective acceleration, coined by Veksler, advocates to drive above-ionization plasma waves by an electron beam to accelerate ions. The research on this, among others, by the Rostoker group incubated the idea that eventually led to the birth of the laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA), by which a large and robust accelerating collective fields may be generated in plasma in which plasma remains robust and undisrupted. Besides the emergence of LWFA, the Rostoker research spawned our lessons learned on the importance of adiabatic acceleration of ions in collective accelerators, including the recent rebirth in laser-driven ion acceleration efforts in a smooth adiabatic fashion by a variety of ingenious methods. Following Rostoker's research in (2), the beam-driven Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) has accomplished breakthroughs in recent years. The beam-driven kinetic plasma instabilities have been found to drive the reactivity of deuteron-deuteron fusion beyond the thermonuclear yield in C-2U plasma that Rostoker started. This remarkable result in FRCs as well as the above mentioned LWFA may be understood with the aid of the newly introduced idea of the "robustness hypothesis of waves with a high phase velocity". It posits that when the wave driven by a particle beam (or laser pulse) has a high phase velocity, its amplitude is high without disrupting the supporting bulk plasma. This hypothesis may guide us into more robust and efficient fusion reactors and more compact accelerators.

  18. Magnonic crystal wave guide with large spin-wave propagation velocity in CoFeB

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    Schwarze, T.; Grundler, D.

    2013-06-01

    Propagating spin-wave spectroscopy is reported for two-dimensional CoFeB antidot lattices (ADLs) with perpendicular-to-plane magnetization. The magnonic crystals consist of square lattices of 190 nm diameter holes with different periods p. At p = 600 nm, the velocity vg of long wavelength spin-waves is reduced compared to the unpatterned reference film by up to about 30%. However, a large vg is regained when we leave out a column of nanoholes in the ADLs. Such a magnonic crystal wave guide is found to support faster spin waves than a CoFeB stripe of the same geometrical width, making the finding interesting for spin-wave guiding in integrated magnonics.

  19. Shear wave velocity structure in North America from large-scale waveform inversions of surface waves

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    Alsina, D.; Woodward, R. L.; Snieder, R. K.

    1996-07-01

    A two-step nonlinear and linear inversion is carried out to map the lateral heterogeneity beneath North America using surface wave data. The lateral resolution for most areas of the model is of the order of several hundred kilometers. The most obvious feature in the tomographic images is the rapid transition between low velocities in the tectonically active region west of the Rocky Mountains and high velocities in the stable central and eastern shield of North America. The model also reveals smaller-scale heterogeneous velocity structures. A high-velocity anomaly is imaged beneath the state of Washington that could be explained as the subducting Juan de Fuca plate beneath the Cascades. A large low-velocity structure extends along the coast from the Mendocino to the Rivera triple junction and to the continental interior across the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Its shape changes notably with depth. This anomaly largely coincides with the part of the margin where no lithosphere is consumed since the subduction has been replaced by a transform fault. Evidence for a discontinuous subduction of the Cocos plate along the Middle American Trench is found. In central Mexico a transition is visible from low velocities across the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt (TMVB) to high velocities beneath the Yucatan Peninsula. Two elongated low-velocity anomalies beneath the Yellowstone Plateau and the eastern Snake River Plain volcanic system and beneath central Mexico and the TMVB seem to be associated with magmatism and partial melting. Another low-velocity feature is seen at depths of approximately 200 km beneath Florida and the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The inversion technique used is based on a linear surface wave scattering theory, which gives tomographic images of the relative phase velocity perturbations in four period bands ranging from 40 to 150 s. In order to find a smooth reference model a nonlinear inversion based on ray theory is first performed. After correcting for the crustal thickness the phase velocity perturbations obtained from the subsequent linear waveform inversion for the different period bands are converted to a three-layer model of S velocity perturbations (layer 1, 25-100 km; layer 2, 100-200 km; layer 3, 200-300 km). We have applied this method on 275 high-quality Rayleigh waves recorded by a variety of instruments in North America (IRIS/USGS, IRIS/IDA, TERRAscope, RSTN). Sensitivity tests indicate that the lateral resolution is especially good in the densely sampled western continental United States, Mexico, and the Gulf of Mexico.

  20. Ship waves on uniform shear current at finite depth: wave resistance and critical velocity

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    Li, Yan; Ellingsen, Simen Å.

    2016-03-01

    We present a comprehensive theory for linear gravity-driven ship waves in the presence of a shear current with uniform vorticity, including the effects of finite water depth. The wave resistance in the presence of shear current is calculated for the first time, containing in general a non-zero lateral component. While formally apparently a straightforward extension of existing deep water theory, the introduction of finite water depth is physically non-trivial, since the surface waves are now affected by a subtle interplay of the effects of the current and the sea bed. This becomes particularly pronounced when considering the phenomenon of critical velocity, the velocity at which transversely propagating waves become unable to keep up with the moving source. The phenomenon is well known for shallow water, and was recently shown to exist also in deep water in the presence of a shear current [Ellingsen, J.~Fluid Mech.\\ {\\bf 742} R2 (2014)]. We derive the exact criterion for criticality as a function of an intrinsic shear Froude number $S\\sqrt{b/g}$ ($S$ is uniform vorticity, $b$ size of source), the water depth, and the angle between the shear current and the ship's motion. Formulae for both the normal and lateral wave resistance force are derived, and we analyse its dependence on the source velocity (or Froude number $Fr$) for different amounts of shear and different directions of motion. The effect of the shear current is to increase wave resistance for upstream ship motion and decrease it for downstream motion. Also the value of $Fr$ at which $R$ is maximal is lowered for upstream and increased for downstream directions of ship motion. For oblique angles between ship motion and current there is a lateral wave resistance component which can amount to $10$-$20\\%$ of the normal wave resistance for side-on shear and $S\\sqrt{b/g}$ of order unity. (Continues...)

  1. S wave velocity structure in southwest China from surface wave tomography and receiver functions

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    Wang, Weilai; Wu, Jianping; Fang, Lihua; Lai, Guijuan; Yang, Ting; Cai, Yan

    2014-02-01

    Using the surface wave records of 504 teleseismic events at 50 temporary and 92 permanent seismic stations in southwest China, we obtain phase velocity maps at 10, 15, 25, 40, 60, and 75 s at a grid spacing of 0.5° × 0.5° from the interstation correlation method and surface wave tomography. We also obtain the S wave velocity structures beneath three profiles using the joint inversion of receiver functions and surface waves. At short periods (10 and 15 s), high-velocity zones (HVZs) are found in the Panzhihua-Emeishan region, the Sichuan basin and the Weixi-Lijiang region surrounding the low-velocity zones (LVZs) from Songpan-Ganzi block to the east of Lijiang, where the elevations are significantly higher. At long periods (40, 60, and 75 s), HVZs are found in the Weixi-Lijiang region, the Panzhihua-Chuxiong basin,and the Kunming-Tonghai region, which form a belt in the center part of the study area. The fast polarization directions on both sides of the belt defined by the shear wave splitting of teleseismic SKS waves vary significantly and indicate that the flow of material from the plateau is blocked in two different depth intervals and leads to different horizontal extents. The long-period maps and the structures along the three profiles show that LVZs are present in the upper mantle beneath rapidly slipping fault zones, such as the Anninghe-Zemuhe-Xiaojiang fault zone, the Red River fault zone, and the Xiaojinhe fault zone, implying that these faults penetrate deep into the mantle.

  2. Modeling Compressional and Shear Wave Velocities of Unconsolidated Sediments in the Vadose Zone

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    Berge, P. A.

    2001-12-01

    Recent advances in seismic surveys have provided ways to image shallow structure in highly attenuating soils and near-surface rock. Applications include using surface wave methods to find tunnels; mapping landfills with seismic refraction methods; finding faults, the water table, or other strong heterogeneities using seismic reflection surveys. Recent improvements in laboratory ultrasonic measurement techniques have provided reliable data on compressional and shear wave velocities in soils at low pressures analogous to the top few meters to tens of meters of the subsurface. The availability of these data points the way for development of interpretation methods that may allow seismologists to obtain more information from their data in the future. For environmental applications, improvements to interpretation methods could lead to reliable detection of second-order features such as changes in soil saturation, presence of dense non-aqueous phase liquids, or changes in clay content. Traditional modeling techniques developed in the oil industry are optimized for consolidated materials at pressures and depths greater than those typical for environmental applications. The shallow subsurface velocities are highly nonlinear and the soils are highly attenuating, and these characteristics must be considered when modeling velocities (and also when processing seismic data). Various factors, including grain contact roughness, location of clay with respect to sand grains, location of fluid in the partially-saturated case, loose vs. dense packing, all affect the compressional and shear wave velocities and attenuation and their pressure (depth) dependence. Care must be taken when applying effective medium theories or grain-contact theories to model shallow soil velocity behavior. Unconsolidated materials at low pressures show much greater variation in compressional vs. shear wave properties than consolidated materials and high-pressure applications would show. Despite the modeling difficulties, progress in seismic interpretation may be made if data are available for both compressional and shear waves. Examples of pitfalls and methods for successful soil velocity modeling will be presented using lab and field velocity data from the literature, for sands, silty sands, and other unconsolidated materials. The goal is to develop techniques to improve interpretation of seismic data from the vadose zone. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under contract W-7405-ENG-48 and supported specifically by the DOE Environmental Management Science Program. >http://www.llnl.gov/ees/esd/expgeoph/Berge/EMSP/

  3. Searching for Radial Velocity Variations in eta Carinae

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    Iping, R. C.; Sonneborn, G.; Gull, T. R.; Ivarsson, S.; Nielsen, K.

    2006-01-01

    A hot companion of eta Carinae has been detected using high resolution spectra (905 - 1180 A) obtained with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite (see poster by Sonneborn et al.). Analysis of the far-UV spectrum shows that eta Car B is a luminous hot star. The N II 1084-86 emission feature indicates that the star may be nitrogen rich. The FUV continuum and the S IV 1073 P-Cygni wind line suggest that the effective temperature of eta Car B is at least 25,000 K. FUV spectra of eta Carinae were obtained with the FUSE satellite at 9 epochs between 2000 February and 2005 July. The data consists of 12 observations taken with the LWRS aperture (30x30 arcsec), three with the HIRS aperture (1.25x20 arcsec), and one MRDS aperture (4x20 arcsec). In this paper we discuss the analysis of these spectra to search for radial velocity variations associated with the 5.54-year binary orbit of Eta Car AB.

  4. Brachial-Ankle Pulse Wave Velocity: Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities

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    Sugawara, Jun; Tanaka, Hirofumi

    2015-01-01

    A variety of techniques to evaluate central arterial stiffness have been developed and introduced. None of these techniques, however, have been implemented widely in regular clinical settings, except for brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV). The most prominent procedural advantage of baPWV is its ease of use, since it only requires the wrapping of blood pressure cuffs on the 4 extremities. There is mounting evidence indicating the ability of baPWV to predict the risk of future cardiovascular events and total mortality. Additionally, the guidelines for the management of hypertension in Japan recommended the measurement of baPWV be included in the assessment of subclinical target organ damage. However, baPWV has not been fully accepted worldwide due to perceived theoretical and methodological issues. In this review, we address the most frequently mentioned questions and concerns regarding baPWV to shed some light on this simple and easy arterial stiffness measurement. PMID:26587459

  5. Brachial-Ankle Pulse Wave Velocity: Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities.

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    Sugawara, Jun; Tanaka, Hirofumi

    2015-09-01

    A variety of techniques to evaluate central arterial stiffness have been developed and introduced. None of these techniques, however, have been implemented widely in regular clinical settings, except for brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV). The most prominent procedural advantage of baPWV is its ease of use, since it only requires the wrapping of blood pressure cuffs on the 4 extremities. There is mounting evidence indicating the ability of baPWV to predict the risk of future cardiovascular events and total mortality. Additionally, the guidelines for the management of hypertension in Japan recommended the measurement of baPWV be included in the assessment of subclinical target organ damage. However, baPWV has not been fully accepted worldwide due to perceived theoretical and methodological issues. In this review, we address the most frequently mentioned questions and concerns regarding baPWV to shed some light on this simple and easy arterial stiffness measurement. PMID:26587459

  6. Mineralization, crystallography, and longitudinal seismic wave velocity of speleothems

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    Williams, R.S.; Grant, S.K. . Dept. of Geology and Geophysics); Haas, C.J. . Dept. of Mining Engineering)

    1993-03-01

    Speleothems, or cave deposits, of Fisher Cave in Sullivan, Missouri, display unique arrangements of overlapping and interwoven crystals that provide the foundation for intricate shapes and patterns. Research has found that the deposition of such forms are affected by many variables associated with carbonate petrology. An active cave system having a consistent yearly rate of water flow will deposit trace, non-carbonate mineralization at locations of initial contact with the cave environment. Deposit specimens were tested using X-ray diffraction methods resulting in the identification of a manganese oxide coating of a psilomelane. Speleothems, considered a natural resource, are protected along with the cave from industrial advancements outside the cave environment. When the detonation of explosives during the construction of a highway near Crystal Cave in Springfield, Missouri threatened the speleothegenic decoration, a study of the damaging resonant frequency of the speleothems was instigated. To calculate this frequency, the longitudinal and transverse seismic wave velocity was measured by geophysical techniques.

  7. Anisotropic Shear-wave Velocity Structure of East Asian Upper Mantle from Waveform Tomography

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    Chong, J.; Yuan, H.; French, S. W.; Romanowicz, B. A.; Ni, S.

    2012-12-01

    East Asia is a seismically active region featuring active tectonic belts, such as the Himalaya collision zone, western Pacific subduction zones and the Tianshan- Baikal tectonic belt. In this study, we applied full waveform time domain tomography to image 3D isotropic, radially and azimuthally anisotropic upper mantle shear velocity structure of East Asia. High quality teleseismic waveforms were collected for both permanent and temporary stations in the target and its adjacent regions, providing good ray path coverage of the study region. Fundamental and overtone wave packets, filtered down to 60 sec, were inverted for isotropic and radially anisotropic shear wave structure using normal mode asymptotic coupling theory (NACT: Li and Romanowicz, 1995). Joint inversion of SKS measurements and seismic waveforms was then carried out following the methodology described in (Marone and Romanowicz, 2007). The 3D velocity model shows strong lateral heterogeneities in the target region, which correlate well with the surface geology in East Asia. Our model shows that Indian lithosphere has subducted beneath Tibet with a different northern reach from western to eastern Tibet,. We also find variations of the slab geometry in Western Pacific subduction zones. Old and stable regions, such as, Indian shield, Siberia platform, Tarim and Yangtze blocks are found to have higher shear wave velocity in the upper mantle. Lower velocity anomalies are found in regions like Baikal rift, Tienshan, Indochina block, and the regions along Japan island-Ryukyu Trench and Izu-bonin Trench. The dominant fast and slow velocity boundaries in the study region are well correlated with tectonic belts, such as the central Asian orogenic belt and Alty/Qilian-Qinling/Dabie orogenic belt. Our radially anisotropic model shows Vsh> Vsv in oceanic regions and at larger depths(>300km), and Vsv > Vsh in some orogenic zones.. We'll show preliminary results of azimuthally anisotropic joint inversion of SKS measurements and seismic waveforms, which will help us understand the on-going geodynamic processes in East Asia.

  8. Estimation of seismic velocity in the subducting crust of the Pacific slab beneath Hokkaido, northern Japan by using guided waves

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    Shiina, T.; Nakajima, J.; Toyokuni, G.; Kita, S.; Matsuzawa, T.

    2014-12-01

    A subducting crust contains a large amount of water as a form of hydrous minerals (e.g., Hacker et al., 2003), and the crust plays important roles for water transportation and seismogenesis in subduction zones at intermediate depths (e.g., Kirby et al., 1996; Iwamori, 2007). Therefore, the investigation of seismic structure in the crust is important to understand ongoing physical processes with subduction of oceanic lithosphere. A guided wave which propagates in the subducting crust is recorded in seismograms at Hokkaido, northern Japan (Shiina et al., 2014). Here, we estimated P- and S-wave velocity in the crust with guided waves, and obtained P-wave velocity of 6.6-7.3 km/s and S-wave velocity of 3.6-4.2 km/s at depths of 50-90 km. Moreover, Vp/Vs ratio in the crust is calculated to be 1.80-1.85 in that depth range. The obtained P-wave velocity about 6.6km/s at depths of 50-70 km is consistent with those estimated in Tohoku, northeast Japan (Shiina et al., 2013), and this the P-wave velocity is lower than those expected from models of subducting crustal compositions, such as metamorphosed MORB model (Hacker et al., 2003). In contrast, at greater depths (>80 km), the P-wave velocity marks higher velocity than the case of NE Japan and the velocity is roughly comparable to those of the MORB model. The obtained S-wave velocity distribution also shows characteristics similar to P waves. This regional variation may be caused by a small variation in thermal regime of the Pacific slab beneath the two regions as a result of the normal subduction in Tohoku and oblique subduction in Hokkaido. In addition, the effect of seismic anisotropy in the subducting crust would not be ruled out because rays used in the analysis in Hokkaido propagate mostly in the trench-parallel direction, while those in Tohoku are sufficiently criss-crossed.

  9. Estimation of macro velocity models by wave field extrapolation

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    Cox, Hendricus Lambertus Hubertus

    A method to estimate accurate macro velocity models for prediction of traveltimes of seismic waves in the earth's subsurface is developed. The sensitivity of prestack migration is used to estimate the model and since model errors are expressed in the quality of the migration result, the migration process itself can be used to determine these errors. Using an initial model, shot records are downward extrapolated to grid points (depth points) in the subsurface. The extrapolated data can be reordered into so called common depth point (CDP) gathers, image gathers and focus panels. The deviation from horizontal alignment is used to quantify the errors in the model and to apply update corrections accordingly. The analysis can be done before or after stacking over all shot records (CDP stacking). the previously mentioned focus panels are generated by CDP stacking. The alignment analysis reduces then to a simple focusing analysis. The examples discussed show that horizontal alignment gives accurate macro velocity models for prestack depth migration. Focus panels can be difficult to interpret in complicated situations, where it is impossible to converge to the correct solution with focus panels only. The process should be guided by macrogeologic models of the area. In complicated situations, a layer stripping strategy is preferred.

  10. Saturation of energetic particle driven Alfven wave instability through velocity space diffusion

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    Gang, F. Y.; Sigmar, D. J.; Leboeuf, J. N.

    1992-01-01

    It is demonstrated both numerically and analytically that the energetic particle driven Alfven wave instability saturates when the Alfven wave fluctuations are still quasi-coherent. The saturation is due to particle velocity space diffusion which steepens the velocity gradient of the resonant particles, thereby enhancing wave damping (Landau Damping).

  11. Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Maps of Seattle, Washington, Including 3D Sedimentary Basin Effects and Rupture Directivity: Implications of 3D Random Velocity Variations (Invited)

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    Frankel, A. D.; Stephenson, W. J.; Carver, D.; Odum, J.; Williams, R. A.; Rhea, S.

    2010-12-01

    We have produced probabilistic seismic hazard maps of Seattle for 1 Hz spectral acceleration, using over five hundred 3D finite-difference simulations of earthquakes on the Seattle fault, Southern Whidbey Island fault, and Cascadia subduction zone, as well as for random deep and shallow earthquakes at various locations. The 3D velocity model was validated by modeling the observed waveforms for the 2001 M6.8 Nisqually earthquake and several smaller events in the region. At these longer periods (≥ 1 sec) that are especially important to the response of buildings of ten stories or higher, seismic waves are strongly influenced by sedimentary basins and rupture directivity. We are investigating how random spatial variations in the 3D velocity model affect the simulated ground motions for M6.7 earthquakes on the Seattle fault. A fractal random variation of shear-wave velocity with a Von Karman correlation function produces spatial variations of peak ground velocity with multiple scale lengths. We find that a 3D velocity model with a 10% standard deviation in shear-wave velocity in the top 1.5 km and 5% standard deviation from 1.5-10 km depth produces variations in peak ground velocities of as much as a factor of two, relative to the case with no random variations. The model with random variations generally reduces the peak ground velocity of the forward rupture directivity pulse for sites near the fault where basin-edge focusing of S-waves occurs. It also tends to reduce the peak velocity of localized areas where basin surface waves are focused. However, the medium with random variations also causes small-scale amplification of ground motions over distances of a few kilometers. We are also evaluating alternative methods of characterizing the aleatory uncertainty in the probabilistic hazard calculations.

  12. Determination of the specific area of liquid gas and the velocity of weak pressure waves in aqueous foams

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    Saint-Cloud, Jean; Guerraud, Claude; Moreau, Michel; Manson, Numa

    1988-01-01

    The specific area of an aqueous foam contained in a tube is obtained by determining the fraction of the quantity of light emitted by a source and diffused by the specific area of the column of the foam. The velocity of the waves of weak pressure (which propagate in the air with the velocity of sound) is measured by noticing the moment when the wave penetrates the column and the moment when, having reached the opposite side, it determines a variation of the light diffused by the area of the latter.

  13. Variation of the upper mantle velocity structure along the central-south Andes

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    Liang, X.; Sandvol, E. A.; Shen, Y.; Gao, H.; Zhang, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Variations in the subduction angle of the Nazca plate beneath the South American plate has lead to different modes of deformation and volcanism along the Andean active margin. The volcanic gap between the central and southern Andean volcanic zones is correlated with the Pampean flat-slab subduction zone, where the subducting Nazca slab changes from a 30-degree dipping slab beneath the Puna plateau to a horizontal slab beneath the Sierras Pampeanas, and then to a 30-degree dipping slab beneath the south Andes from north to south. The Pampean flat-slab subduction correlates spatially with the track of the Juan Fernandez Ridge, and is associated with the inboard migration of crustal deformation. A major Pliocene delamination event beneath the southern Puna plateau has previously been inferred from geochemical, geological, and preliminary geophysical data. The mechanisms for the transition between dipping- and flat-subduction slab and the mountain building process of the central Andean plateau are key issues to understanding the Andean-type orogenic process. We use a new frequency-time normalization approach to extract very-broadband (up to 300 second) empirical Green's functions (EGFs) from continuous seismic records. The long-period EGFs provide the sensitivity needed to constrain the deep mantle structure. The broadband waveform data are from 393 portable stations of eight temporary networks: PUNA, SIEMBRA, CHARGE, RAMP, East Sierras Pampeanas, BANJO/SEDA, REFUCA, ANCORP, and 31 permanent stations accessed from both the IRIS DMC and GFZ GEOFON DMC. A finite difference wave propagation method is used to generate synthetic seismograms from 3-D velocity model. We use 3-D traveltime sensitivity kernels, and traveltime residuals measured by waveform cross-correlation to directly invert the upper mantle shear-wave velocity structure. The preliminary model shows strong along-strike velocity variations within in the mantle wedge and the subducting NAZCA slab. Low upper mantle velocities are north of 29°S and south of 35°S, corresponding to the low velocity mantle wedge of dipping-subduction. The upper mantle beneath the Sierras Pampeanas has a higher velocity than that beneath the central and south volcanic zones, which is consistent with the Pampeanas flat-slab. Though we observe substantial heterogeneity within this flat-slab zone.

  14. Rayleigh wave azimuthally anisotropic phase velocity maps beneath western Canada

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    Bao, Xuewei; Eaton, David W.; Gu, Yu Jeffrey

    2016-03-01

    The lithospheric evolution of western Laurentia spans several billion years of Earth history and provides an exceptional opportunity for investigating continental deformation during Archean and Proterozoic assembly of the craton and subsequent Phanerozoic orogenic processes along its western margin. In this study we present fundamental-mode Rayleigh wave azimuthal anisotropy in the period range 20-150 s for western Laurentia and the southern Canadian Cordillera. The surface wave phase velocity maps offer new constraints on the depth distribution of seismic anisotropy in this region. At short periods (20-25 s), strong anisotropy with an orogen-parallel fast direction is evident in the Cordillera and neighboring foreland belt, suggesting pervasive ductile deformation in the lower crust during Laramide orogenesis. At periods of 70 s and higher, a zone of low-to-null azimuthal anisotropy is evident in the southern part of the Cordillera. This apparent null region is interpreted to reflect complex asthenospheric flow due to the combined effects of the Juan de Fuca slab window, lithospheric delamination, and small-scale edge-driven convection. Depth-variant azimuthal anisotropy is evident beneath the cratonic part of the study region. The dominant direction of fast wave propagation in the southeastern part of the craton changes from N-S at periods of <120 s to NE-SW at 150 s period. This depth dependence is inferred to arise from different origins of the observed anisotropy, with "frozen" anisotropy within cratonic lithosphere underlain by flow-driven anisotropy in the asthenosphere. The frozen N-S trending fabrics in the middle to lower cratonic lithosphere most likely reflect processes of Paleoproterozoic assembly of western Laurentia.

  15. Gas hydrate and P-Wave Velocity Distribution in the Yaquina Basin at the Peruvian margin

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    Huebscher, C.; Gajewski, D.; Grobys, J.; Kukowski, N.; Netzeband, G.; Wagner, M.; Bialas, J.

    2003-04-01

    The lower boundary of the methane hydrate stability zone in continental margin sediments is often marked by a strong, phase reversed reflection subparallel to the seafloor, called the bottom simulating reflector (BSR). High resolution multichannel seismic (MCS) data from the Yaquina Basin offshore Peru at 8 deg S show a BSR that is varying laterally in amplitude as well as in continuity. The amplitudes of the reflections above the BSR also vary with the appearance of the BSR. Where the BSR is strong, the reflections above it are weaker compared to areas where the BSR is weak. And although the strong part of the BSR is underlain immediately by strong reflections, reflections several hundred meters beneath the BSR appear weaker than those where the BSR is weak. This variation indicates significant heterogeneity in the distribution of gas and gas hydrate in this area. Chemoherms observed at the Yaquina Basin sea floor indicate the presence of free gas in the sediments up to the seafloor. The presence of gas and gas hydrate within the sediment sequence significantly influences the P-wave velocity in the affected layers. Therefore a detailed analysis of velocity variations enables to understand the apparently different conditions for the formation of gas hydrate along the BSR and the migration paths of the free gas. Ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) data from profiles coincident with the MCS data can provide such detailed velocity depth information. Velocity analysis from OBS data included 2D-ray tracing and 1D-interval-velocity analysis by means of DIX-inversion. In order to find a trade-off between vertical resolution and minimization of errors caused by the sensitivity of the DIX' formula to velocity variations in thin layers, the data have undergone a Kirchhoff wave-equation datuming and adjacent coherence filtering was applied to the data to eliminate the one sided travel path through the water column of the OBS-observations. The derived velocity structure confirms the interpretation of the reflection pattern in terms of gas and gas hydrate distribution.

  16. The correlations between the saturated and dry P-wave velocity of rocks.

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    Kahraman, S

    2007-11-01

    Sometimes engineers need to estimate the wet-rock P-wave velocity from the dry-rock P-wave velocity. An estimation equation embracing all rock classes will be useful for the rock engineers. To investigate the predictability of wet-rock P-wave velocity from the dry-rock P-wave velocity, P-wave velocity measurements were performed on 41 different rock types, 11 of which were igneous, 15 of which were sedimentary and 15 of which was metamorphic. In addition to the dry- and wet-rock P-wave velocity measurements, the P-wave velocity changing as a function of saturation degree was studied. Moreover, dry-rock S-wave velocity measurements were conducted. The test results were modeled using Gassmann's and Wood's theory and it was seen that the measured data did not fit the theories. The unconformity is due to the fact that the theories are valid for high-porosity unconsolidated sediments at low frequencies. Gassmann's equation was modified for the rocks except high-porosity unconsolidated sediments. The dry- and wet-rock P-wave velocity values were evaluated using regression analysis. A strong linear correlation between the dry- and wet-rock P-wave velocities was found. Regression analyses were repeated for the rock classes and it was shown that correlation coefficients were increased. Concluding remark is that the derived equations can be used for the prediction of wet-rock P-wave velocity from the dry-rock P-wave velocity. PMID:17624388

  17. Effects of neutral interactions on velocity-shear-driven plasma waves

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    Enloe, C. L.; Tejero, E. M.; Amatucci, W. E.; Crabtree, C.; Ganguli, G.; Sotnikov, V.

    2014-06-15

    In a laboratory experiment, we demonstrate the substantial effects that collisions between charged and neutral particles have on low-frequency (Ω{sub i} ≪ ω ≪ Ω{sub e}) shear-driven electrostatic lower hybrid waves in a plasma. We establish a strong (up to 2.5 kV/m) highly localized electric field with a length scale shorter than the ion gyroradius, so that the ions in the plasma, unlike the electrons, do not develop the full E × B drift velocity. The resulting shear in the particle velocities initiates the electron-ion hybrid (EIH) instability, and we observe the formation of strong waves in the vicinity of the shear with variations in plasma densities of 10% or greater. Our experimental configuration allows us to vary the neutral background density by more than a factor of two while holding the charged particle density effectively constant. Not surprisingly, increasing the neutral density decreases the growth rate/saturation amplitude of the waves and increases the threshold electric field necessary for wave formation, but the presence of neutrals affects the dominant wave frequency as well. We show that a 50% increase in the neutral density decreases the wave frequency by 20% while also suppressing the electric field dependence of the frequency that is observed when fewer neutrals are present. The majority of these effects, as well as the values of the frequencies we observe, closely match the predictions of previously developed linear EIH instability theory, for which we present the results of a numerical solution.

  18. Feasibility of waveform inversion of Rayleigh waves for shallow shear-wave velocity using a genetic algorithm

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    Zeng, C.; Xia, J.; Miller, R.D.; Tsoflias, G.P.

    2011-01-01

    Conventional surface wave inversion for shallow shear (S)-wave velocity relies on the generation of dispersion curves of Rayleigh waves. This constrains the method to only laterally homogeneous (or very smooth laterally heterogeneous) earth models. Waveform inversion directly fits waveforms on seismograms, hence, does not have such a limitation. Waveforms of Rayleigh waves are highly related to S-wave velocities. By inverting the waveforms of Rayleigh waves on a near-surface seismogram, shallow S-wave velocities can be estimated for earth models with strong lateral heterogeneity. We employ genetic algorithm (GA) to perform waveform inversion of Rayleigh waves for S-wave velocities. The forward problem is solved by finite-difference modeling in the time domain. The model space is updated by generating offspring models using GA. Final solutions can be found through an iterative waveform-fitting scheme. Inversions based on synthetic records show that the S-wave velocities can be recovered successfully with errors no more than 10% for several typical near-surface earth models. For layered earth models, the proposed method can generate one-dimensional S-wave velocity profiles without the knowledge of initial models. For earth models containing lateral heterogeneity in which case conventional dispersion-curve-based inversion methods are challenging, it is feasible to produce high-resolution S-wave velocity sections by GA waveform inversion with appropriate priori information. The synthetic tests indicate that the GA waveform inversion of Rayleigh waves has the great potential for shallow S-wave velocity imaging with the existence of strong lateral heterogeneity. ?? 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  19. Acoustic wave velocity behavior for some Jurassic carbonate samples, north Sinai, Egypt

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    El Sayed, Nahla A.; Abuseda, Hesham; Kassab, Mohamed A.

    2015-11-01

    Seismic data of reservoir rocks use for understand of risk reduction. Acoustic laboratory measurements have been carried out for 75 carbonate rock samples for both dry and fully saturated collected from Jurassic deposits exposed in the north Sinai at Gebel El-Maghara. This study has been carried out to know more about the behavior of compression wave velocity and shear wave velocity in carbonate rock samples for both dry and fully saturated conditions and to investigate the effect of porosity, permeability and density on both dry and fully saturated acoustic velocities. The compressional wave velocities at dry and fully saturated carbonate rock samples increased with increasing the bulk density and decreasing the porosity, while the porosity decreasing with increasing bulk density, the relationships between the porosity as well as shear wave velocity in dry and fully saturated are in cloud points, with no clear relationships. The relationships between the permeability and both the compressional wave and the shear wave velocities at dry and fully saturated cases could not be identified. The statistical analyses indicate that the compressional wave in the fully saturated is higher than the compressional wave in dry case. The compressional wave velocity of the fully saturated carbonate rock samples were strongly correlated with the compressional wave velocity of the dry rock samples and the derived equation can be used for prediction of the compressional wave velocity of fully saturated rock from the compressional wave velocity of dry rock. The shear wave of the fully saturated carbonate rock samples is a fair correlated with the shear wave of the dry rock samples.

  20. Measurement of shear-wave velocity by ultrasound critical-angle reflectometry (UCR)

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    Mehta, S.; Antich, P.; Blomqvist, C. G. (Principal Investigator)

    1997-01-01

    There exists a growing body of research that relates the measurement of pressure-wave velocity in bone to different physiological conditions and treatment modalities. The shear-wave velocity has been less studied, although it is necessary for a more complete understanding of the mechanical properties of bone. Ultrasound critical-angle reflectometry (UCR) is a noninvasive and nondestructive technique previously used to measure pressure-wave velocities both in vitro and in vivo. This note describes its application to the measurement of shear-wave velocity in bone, whether directly accessible or covered by soft tissue.

  1. Shear wave velocity models retrieved using Rg wave dispersion data in shallow crust in some regions of southern Ontario, Canada

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    Ma, Shutian; Motazedian, Dariush; Corchete, Victor

    2013-04-01

    Many crucial tasks in seismology, such as locating seismic events and estimating focal mechanisms, need crustal velocity models. The velocity models of shallow structures are particularly important in the simulation of ground motions. In southern Ontario, Canada, many small shallow earthquakes occur, generating high-frequency Rayleigh ( Rg) waves that are sensitive to shallow structures. In this research, the dispersion of Rg waves was used to obtain shear-wave velocities in the top few kilometers of the crust in the Georgian Bay, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay areas of southern Ontario. Several shallow velocity models were obtained based on the dispersion of recorded Rg waves. The Rg waves generated by an m N 3.0 natural earthquake on the northern shore of Georgian Bay were used to obtain velocity models for the area of an earthquake swarm in 2007. The Rg waves generated by a mining induced event in the Sudbury area in 2005 were used to retrieve velocity models between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River. The Rg waves generated by the largest event in a natural earthquake swarm near Thunder Bay in 2008 were used to obtain a velocity model in that swarm area. The basic feature of all the investigated models is that there is a top low-velocity layer with a thickness of about 0.5 km. The seismic velocities changed mainly within the top 2 km, where small earthquakes often occur.

  2. Imaging the Anisotropic Shear-wave Velocity in the Earth's Mantle using Free Oscillations, Body Waves, Surface Waves and Long-period Waveforms

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    Moulik, P.; Ekstrom, G.

    2013-12-01

    We incorporate normal-mode splitting functions into a framework containing surface-wave phase anomalies, long-period waveforms, and body-wave travel times to investigate the three-dimensional structure of anisotropic shear-wave velocity in the Earth's mantle. In contrast with earlier studies, our modeling approach spans a wider spectrum (0.3-50 mHz) of seismological observables, jointly inverts for velocity and anisotropy apart from the discontinuity topographies, and incorporates new crustal corrections for the splitting functions that are consistent with the nonlinear corrections we employ for the waveforms. Our preferred anisotropic model, S362ANI+, an update to S362ANI, gives better fits to the recently measured splitting functions of spheroidal and toroidal modes that are modeled in this study. The splitting functions require additional isotropic variations in the transition zone and the mid mantle that are geographically distributed in the southern hemisphere. The level of agreement in the isotropic shear-velocity structure is higher between S362ANI+ and other recent studies than in the earlier generation of models. The anisotropic part of S362ANI+ is similar to S362ANI and is restricted to the upper 300 km in the mantle since only small improvements in fits are observed on adding anisotropy at depth. We also show that modeling the splitting functions reduces the tradeoffs between lateral variations in velocity and anisotropy in the lowermost mantle. Therefore, more data should be included to constrain any radial anisotropy in the transition zone and in the lower mantle.

  3. Crustal shear wave velocity and radial anisotropy beneath the Rio Grande rift from ambient noise tomography

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    Fu, Yuanyuan V.; Li, Aibing

    2015-02-01

    Shear wave velocity and radial anisotropy beneath New Mexico are obtained from ambient seismic noise tomography using data from the Transportable Array. Besides the distinct seismic structure imaged across the Rio Grande rift from the Colorado Plateau to the Great Plains, both velocity and anisotropy models also reveal significant variations along the rift. The rift at Albuquerque is characterized by remarkably low velocity in the shallow crust, high velocity and strong positive anisotropy in the middle and lower crust, and low velocity in the upper mantle. These observations can be interpreted as magma accumulation in the shallow crust and significant mafic underplating in the lower crust with abundant melt supply from the hot mantle. We propose that the Albuquerque region has recently been experiencing the most vigorous extensional deformation in the rift. Positive anisotropy with Vsh > Vsv appears in the central and southern rifts with a stronger anisotropy beneath younger volcanoes, reflecting layering of magma intrusion due to past and recent rifting activities. The low velocities in the uppermost mantle are observed under high-elevation places, the Jemez Lineament, northern rift, and east rift boundary, implying that the buoyancy of hot mantle largely compensates the local high topography. Low mantle velocities appear at the boundary of the southern rift, corresponding to the large lithosphere thickness change, instead of the rift center, consistent with the prediction from the small-scale, edge-driven mantle convection model. We conclude that the edge-driven upper mantle convection is probably the dominant mechanism for the recent and current rifting and uplift in the Rio Grande rift.

  4. Shear Velocity Structure of the Tonga Arc and Lau Backarc Basin from Rayleigh Wave Tomography

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    Wei, S. S.; Wiens, D. A.; Webb, S. C.; Blackman, D. K.; Dunn, R.; Conder, J. A.

    2012-12-01

    We analyze seismic data from the 2009 - 2010 Ridge2000 Lau Spreading Center project using the two-plane wave method of Rayleigh wave tomography to investigate the spatial distribution of melt. This project consists of 50 ocean bottom seismographs (OBSs) and 17 land-based seismic stations deployed in Fiji, Tonga, and the Lau basin for about one year. 1-D results show that a low-velocity zone exists beneath the Lau basin at the depths of 20 - 70 km, whereas the relict Lau ridge and the Fiji plateau are characterized by a high-velocity lid, implying a ~80 km-thick lithosphere of an extinct island arc. Furthermore, 3-D results indicate that the slowest velocities are located in a ~100 km wide region beneath the Central Lau Spreading Center to the north, where the spreading rate is fastest. The slow anomalies form an inclined zone, dipping to the west away from the arc. Although temperature can significantly influence seismic velocities, it cannot explain the extremely low mantle velocities (less than 3.5 km/s). Therefore, we interpret the slow anomalies in terms of partial melting, which commences at about 70 km depth in accord with petrological constraints. The asymmetric and broad distribution of inferred melt in the mantle across the Lau basin implies the passive decompression melting process governed by the mantle wedge flow pattern. The variations of velocity anomalies along the spreading centers indicate varying depths and in-situ melt contents from north to south. Slow anomalies deeper than 80 km beneath the Lau ridge suggest minor initial partial melting during asymmetric upwelling supplied by the Indian-Australian asthenosphere from west. These anomalies become shallower beneath the active volcano of Taveuni in Fiji. Smaller amplitude slow anomalies along the subduction-influenced Valu Fa ridge may indicate less in-situ melt content due to low melt viscosity and more efficient transport of the water-rich melt.aps of isotropic shear wave velocity at depths of 38, 58, 78, 98 km. The black dots and triangles represent the OBSs and the island-based seismic stations, respectively. The black curves indicate the spreading centers. The extensional transform zone (ETZ), the central Lau spreading center (CLSC), the eastern Lau spreading center (ELSC), and the Valu Fa ridge (VFR) are labeled in the map of 78 km.

  5. Interferometric methods for measurement of ultrasonic wave velocity: Classification, characteristics and basic defects

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    Kozlowski, Z.

    1974-01-01

    Interferometric methods may be considered to include all methods in which the time necessary for a signal to pass through a medium is determined on the basis of the period of oscillation of which the signal consists, while the distance is determined by noting the coincidence between (1) interference between the measured signal and its reflection and ultrasonic interference, or between another signal serving as a reference and electrical interference in the electronic part of the device. In general, all interferometric methods are relatively simple and permit a high degree of accuracy. Theoretically 48 different variations may be distinguished, about 30 of which are capable of practical application. For liquids, where transverse waves do not exist, the number of possible variations is limited to 40, assuming that absolute velocity measurement is desired.

  6. Elastic wave velocities in anorthosite and anorthositic gabbros from Apollo 15 and 16 landing sites

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    Chung, D. H.

    1973-01-01

    Laboratory measurements of ultrasonic velocities in lunar samples 15065, 15555, 15415, 60015, and 61016 as well as in synthetic materials corresponding to compositions of anorthositic gabbros are presented as a function of hydrostatic pressure to about 7 kb. The author examined the seismic velocity distributions in the moon with reference to the variations to be expected in a homogeneous medium. The lunar mantle begins about 60 km, and the velocity of P waves in this area is about 7.7 km/sec. Variation of the seismic parameter with depth in the upper crust (about 20 km thick) is much too rapid to be explained by compression of a uniform material and the departure from expectation is so great that no reasonable adjustment of the material parameters can bring agreement; therefore, this author concludes that this result in this region of the moon is not due to self-compression but to textural gradients. In the lower crust (about 40 km thick), the region is shown to be relatively homogeneous, consisting probably of anorthositic rocks.

  7. Stochastic simulation for the propagation of high-frequency acoustic waves through a random velocity field

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    Lu, B.; Darmon, M.; Leymarie, N.; Chatillon, S.; Potel, C.

    2012-05-17

    In-service inspection of Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactors (SFR) requires the development of non-destructive techniques adapted to the harsh environment conditions and the examination complexity. From past experiences, ultrasonic techniques are considered as suitable candidates. The ultrasonic telemetry is a technique used to constantly insure the safe functioning of reactor inner components by determining their exact position: it consists in measuring the time of flight of the ultrasonic response obtained after propagation of a pulse emitted by a transducer and its interaction with the targets. While in-service the sodium flow creates turbulences that lead to temperature inhomogeneities, which translates into ultrasonic velocity inhomogeneities. These velocity variations could directly impact the accuracy of the target locating by introducing time of flight variations. A stochastic simulation model has been developed to calculate the propagation of ultrasonic waves in such an inhomogeneous medium. Using this approach, the travel time is randomly generated by a stochastic process whose inputs are the statistical moments of travel times known analytically. The stochastic model predicts beam deviations due to velocity inhomogeneities, which are similar to those provided by a determinist method, such as the ray method.

  8. Weight Loss, Dietary Intake and Pulse Wave Velocity

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    Petersen, Kristina; Blanch, Natalie; Keogh, Jennifer; Clifton, Peter

    2015-01-01

    We have recently conducted a meta-analysis to determine the effect of weight loss achieved by an energy-restricted diet with or without exercise, anti-obesity drugs or bariatric surgery on pulse wave velocity (PWV) measured at all arterial segments. Twenty studies, including 1,259 participants, showed that modest weight loss (8% of the initial body weight) caused a reduction in PWV measured at all arterial segments. However, due to the poor methodological design of the included studies, the results of this meta-analysis can only be regarded as hypothesis generating and highlight the need for further research in this area. In the future, well-designed randomised controlled trials are required to determine the effect of diet-induced weight loss on PWV and the mechanisms involved. In addition, there is observational evidence that dietary components such as fruit, vegetables, dairy foods, sodium, potassium and fatty acids may be associated with PWV, although evidence from well-designed intervention trials is lacking. In the future, the effect of concurrently improving dietary quality and achieving weight loss should be assessed in randomised controlled trials. PMID:26587462

  9. Shear wave velocities of unconsolidated shallow sediments in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Lee, Myung W.

    2013-01-01

    Accurate shear-wave velocities for shallow sediments are important for a variety of seismic applications such as inver-sion and amplitude versus offset analysis. During the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Gas Hydrate Joint Industry Project Leg II, shear-wave velocities were measured at six wells in the Gulf of Mexico using the logging-while-drilling SonicScope acoustic tool. Because the tool measurement point was only 35 feet from the drill bit, the adverse effect of the borehole condition, which is severe for the shallow unconsolidated sediments in the Gulf of Mexico, was mini-mized and accurate shear-wave velocities of unconsolidated sediments were measured. Measured shear-wave velocities were compared with the shear-wave velocities predicted from the compressional-wave velocities using empirical formulas and the rock physics models based on the Biot-Gassmann theory, and the effectiveness of the two prediction methods was evaluated. Although the empirical equation derived from measured shear-wave data is accurate for predicting shear-wave velocities for depths greater than 500 feet in these wells, the three-phase Biot-Gassmann-theory -based theory appears to be optimum for predicting shear-wave velocities for shallow unconsolidated sediments in the Gulf of Mexico.

  10. Rayleigh and Love wave phase velocity maps of Iceland from combined ambient noise and teleseismic surface wave analysis.

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    Harmon, N.

    2014-12-01

    Iceland is one of the few regions where ridge-plume interaction can be examined with a terrestrial seismic array. Velocity structure from broadband surface wave dispersion measurements can be used to constrain the complicated crustal and upper mantle structure caused by the plume enhanced rifting activity. Here I use data from the ICEMELT and HOTSPOT arrays on Iceland to generate phase velocity dispersion maps of both Rayleigh and Love waves from ambient noise cross correlation and teleseismic events. I invert Rayleigh and Love wave dispersion observed from ambient noise for tomographic velocity structure. For teleseismic Rayleigh waves I use the two-plane wave approximation array-based method of Forsyth and Li [2005]. I also develop and adapt this method for teleseismic Love waves. This requires additional preprocessing of the data to estimate the amplitude and phase for teleseismic Love waves. Specifically, for each station, the vertical component phase observation of the fundamental mode Rayleigh is used to predict and remove the horizontal components of Rayleigh waves. Then I invert for the maximum amplitude and apparent back azimuth at each period of interest of the Love wave from the transverse and radial components. The amplitude and phase measurement is then inverted for phase velocity structure using a modified version of the two plane-wave approximation. Preliminary results indicate a low velocity region at short periods (8-15 s) in both the Rayleigh and Love wave phase velocity maps beneath the active volcanic centers in the middle of the island. At longer periods (20-125 s) a low velocity region is visible beneath central Iceland. The velocity minimum is located to the north of Iceland in the Rayleigh wave maps. These observations are consistent with previous studies in the region.

  11. Ultrasonic Velocity Variations with Soil Composition for Moisture Measurement

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    Metzl, R.; Choi, J.; Aggarwal, M. D.; Manu, A.

    1998-01-01

    Soil moisture content may be measured by many methods, but the presently available techniques all have drawbacks when used in ground truth measurements for remote sensing. Ultrasonic velocity varies with soil moisture content, and may be used as the basis of a new measurement technique. In order to characterize a sensor capable of field use, soil particle size distribution data are compared to ultrasonic velocity in a variety of soils over a wide moisture range.

  12. Comparison of phase velocities from array measurements of Rayleigh waves associated with microtremor and results calculated from borehole shear-wave velocity profiles

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    Liu, Hsi-Ping; Boore, David M.; Joyner, William B.; Oppenheimer, David H.; Warrick, Richard E.; Zhang, Wenbo; Hamilton, John C.; Brown, Leo T.

    2000-01-01

    Shear-wave velocities (VS) are widely used for earthquake ground-motion site characterization. VS data are now largely obtained using borehole methods. Drilling holes, however, is expensive. Nonintrusive surface methods are inexpensive for obtaining VS information, but not many comparisons with direct borehole measurements have been published. Because different assumptions are used in data interpretation of each surface method and public safety is involved in site characterization for engineering structures, it is important to validate the surface methods by additional comparisons with borehole measurements. We compare results obtained from a particular surface method (array measurement of surface waves associated with microtremor) with results obtained from borehole methods. Using a 10-element nested-triangular array of 100-m aperture, we measured surface-wave phase velocities at two California sites, Garner Valley near Hemet and Hollister Municipal Airport. The Garner Valley site is located at an ancient lake bed where water-saturated sediment overlies decomposed granite on top of granite bedrock. Our array was deployed at a location where seismic velocities had been determined to a depth of 500 m by borehole methods. At Hollister, where the near-surface sediment consists of clay, sand, and gravel, we determined phase velocities using an array located close to a 60-m deep borehole where downhole velocity logs already exist. Because we want to assess the measurements uncomplicated by uncertainties introduced by the inversion process, we compare our phase-velocity results with the borehole VS depth profile by calculating fundamental-mode Rayleigh-wave phase velocities from an earth model constructed from the borehole data. For wavelengths less than ~2 times of the array aperture at Garner Valley, phase-velocity results from array measurements agree with the calculated Rayleigh-wave velocities to better than 11%. Measurement errors become larger for wavelengths 2 times greater than the array aperture. At Hollister, the measured phase velocity at 3.9 Hz (near the upper edge of the microtremor frequency band) is within 20% of the calculated Rayleigh-wave velocity. Because shear-wave velocity is the predominant factor controlling Rayleigh-wave phase velocities, the comparisons suggest that this nonintrusive method can provide VS information adequate for ground-motion estimation.

  13. Variation of the upper mantle velocity structure along the central-south Andes

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    Liang, Xiaofeng; Sandvol, Eric; Shen, Yang; Gao, Haiying

    2014-05-01

    Variations in the subduction angle of the Nazca plate beneath the South American plate has lead to different modes of deformation and volcanism along the Andean active margin. The volcanic gap between the central and southern Andean volcanic zones is correlated with the Pampean flat-slab subduction zone, where the subducting Nazca slab changes from a 30-degree dipping slab beneath the Puna plateau to a horizontal slab beneath the Sierras Pampeanas, and then to a 30-degree dipping slab beneath the south Andes from north to south. The Pampean flat-slab subduction correlates spatially with the track of the Juan Fernandez Ridge, and is associated with the inboard migration of crustal deformation. A major Pliocene delamination event beneath the southern Puna plateau has previously been inferred from geochemical and geological and preliminary geophysical data. The mechanisms for the transition between dipping- and flat-subduction slab and the mountain building process of the central Andean plateau are key issues to understanding the Andean-type orogenic process. We use a new frequency-time normalization approach with non-linear stacking to extract very-broadband (up to 300 second) empirical Green's functions (EGFs) from continuous seismic records. The long-period EGFs provide the deeper depth-sensitivity needed to constrain the mantle structure. The broadband waveform data are from 393 portable stations of four temporary networks: PUNA, SIEMBRA, CHARGE, RAMP, East Sierras Pampeanas, BANJO/SEDA, REFUCA, ANCORP, and 31 permanent stations accessed from both the IRIS DMC and GFZ GEOFON DMC. A finite difference waveform propagation method is used to generate synthetic seismograms from 3-D velocity model. We use 3-D traveltime sensitivity kernels, and traveltime residuals measurement by waveform cross-correlation to directly invert the upper mantle shear-wave velocity structure. The preliminary model shows strong along-strike velocity variations within in the mantle wedge and the subducting NAZCA slab. Low upper mantle velocities are north of 29°S and south of 35°S, corresponding to the low velocity mantle wedge of dipping-subduction. The upper mantle beneath the Sierras Pampeanas has a higher velocity than that beneath the central and south volcanic zones, which is consistent with the Pampeanas flat-slab. Though we observe substantial heterogenity within this flat-slab zone.

  14. Effects of arterial stiffness, pulse wave velocity, and wave reflections on the central aortic pressure waveform.

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    Nichols, Wilmer W; Denardo, Scott J; Wilkinson, Ian B; McEniery, Carmel M; Cockcroft, John; O'Rourke, Michael F

    2008-04-01

    Brachial systolic and pulse blood pressures (BPs) are better predictors of adverse cardiovascular (CV) events than diastolic BP in individuals older than 50 years. The principal cause of increased systolic and pulse BP is increased stiffness of the elastic arteries as a result of degeneration and hyperplasia of the arterial wall. Recent studies have shown that central BP, the pressure exerted on the heart, brain, and kidneys, is a better predictor of CV risk than brachial BP. As stiffness increases, reflected wave amplitude increases and augments pressure in late systole, producing an increase in left ventricular afterload and myocardial oxygen demand. Vasoactive drugs have little direct effect on large human elastic arteries but can markedly modify wave reflection by altering stiffness of the muscular arteries and changing pulse wave velocity of the reflected wave from the periphery to the heart. Vasodilators decrease the amplitude and increase the travel time (or delay) of the reflected wave, causing a generalized decrease in systolic BP. The decrease in systolic BP brought about by this mechanism is grossly underestimated when systolic BP is measured in the brachial artery. PMID:18401227

  15. Radial velocity variations in the young eruptive star EX Lupi

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    Kóspál, Á.; Mohler-Fischer, M.; Sicilia-Aguilar, A.; Ábrahám, P.; Curé, M.; Henning, Th.; Kiss, Cs.; Launhardt, R.; Moór, A.; Müller, A.

    2014-01-01

    Context. EX Lup-type objects (EXors) are low-mass pre-main sequence objects characterized by optical and near-infrared outbursts attributed to highly enhanced accretion from the circumstellar disk onto the star. Aims: The trigger mechanism of EXor outbursts is still debated. One type of theory requires a close (sub)stellar companion that perturbs the inner part of the disk and triggers the onset of the enhanced accretion. Here, we study the radial velocity (RV) variations of EX Lup, the prototype of the EXor class, and test whether they can be related to a close companion. Methods: We conducted a five-year RV survey, collecting 54 observations with HARPS and FEROS. We analyzed the activity of EX Lup by checking the bisector, the equivalent width of the Ca 8662 Å line, the asymmetry of the Ca II K line, the activity indicator SFEROS, the asymmetry of the cross-correlation function, the line depth ratio of the VI/FeI lines, and the TiO, CaH 2, CaH 3, CaOH, and Hα indices. We complemented the RV measurements with a 14-day optical/infrared photometric monitoring to look for signatures of activity or varying accretion. Results: We found that the RV of EX Lup is periodic (P = 7.417 d), with stable period, semi-amplitude (2.2 km s-1), and phase over at least four years of observations. This period is not present in any of the above-mentioned activity indicators. However, the RVs of narrow metallic emission lines suggest the same period, but with an anti-correlating phase. The observed absorption line RVs can be fitted with a Keplerian solution around a 0.6 M⊙ central star with msini = (14.7 ± 0.7) MJup and eccentricity of e = 0.24. Alternatively, we attempted to model the observations with a cold or hot stellar spot as well. We found that in our simple model, the spot parameters needed to reproduce the RV semi-amplitude are in contradiction with the photometric variability, making the spot scenario unlikely. Conclusions: We qualitatively discuss two possibilities to explain the RV data: a geometry with two accretion columns rotating with the star, and a single accretion flow synchronized with the orbital motion of the hypothetical companion; the second scenario is more consistent with the observed properties of EX Lup. In this scenario, the companion's mass would fall into the brown dwarf desert, which, together with the unusually small separation of 0.06 au would make EX Lup a unique binary system. The companion also has interesting implications on the physical mechanisms responsible for triggering the outburst. This work is based in part on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under program IDs 079.A-9017, 081.A-9005, 081.A-9023, 081.C-0779, 082.C-0390, 082.C-0427, 083.A-9011, 083.A-9017, 084.A-9011, 085.A-9027, 086.A-9006, 086.A-9012, 087.A-9013, 087.A-9029, and 089.A-9007.Tables 2 and 3 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  16. Effect of gravity wave temperature variations on homogeneous ice nucleation

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    Dinh, Tra; Podglajen, Aurélien; Hertzog, Albert; Legras, Bernard; Plougonven, Riwal

    2015-04-01

    Observations of cirrus clouds in the tropical tropopause layer (TTL) have shown various ice number concentrations (INC) (e.g., Jensen et al. 2013), which has lead to a puzzle regarding their formation. In particular, the frequently observed low numbers of ice crystals seemed hard to reconcile with homogeneous nucleation knowing the ubuquity of gravity waves with vertical velocity of the order of 0.1 m/s. Using artificial time series, Spichtinger and Krämer (2013) have illustrated that the variation of vertical velocity during a nucleation event could terminate it and limit the INC. However, their study was limited to constructed temperature time series. Here, we carry out numerical simulations of homogeneous ice nucleation forced by temperature time series data collected by isopycnic balloon flights near the tropical tropopause. The balloons collected data at high frequency (30 s), so gravity wave signals are well resolved in the temperature time series. With the observed temperature time series, the numerical simulations with homogeneous freezing show a full range of ice number concentrations (INC) as previously observed in the tropical upper troposphere. The simulations confirm that the dynamical time scale of temperature variations (as seen from observations) can be shorter than the nucleation time scale. They show the existence of two regimes for homogeneous ice nucleation : one limited by the depletion of water vapor by the nucleated ice crystals (those we name vapor events) and one limited by the reincrease of temperature after its initial decrease (temperature events). Low INC may thus be obtained for temperature events when the gravity wave perturbations produce a non-persistent cooling rate (even with large magnitude) such that the absolute change in temperature remains small during nucleation. This result for temperature events is explained analytically by a dependence of the INC on the absolute drop in temperature (and not on the cooling rate). This work supports the hypothesis that even acting alone homogeneous ice nucleation is not necessarily inconsistent with observations of low INC. Spichtinger, P. and Krämer, M.: Tropical tropopause ice clouds: a dynamic approach to the mystery of low crystal numbers, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 9801-9818, doi:10.5194/acp-13-9801-2013, 2013. Jensen, E. J., Diskin, G., Lawson, R. P., Lance, S., Bui, T. P., Hlavka, D., McGill, M., Pfister, L., Toon, O. B., and Gao, R.: Ice nucleation and dehydration in the Tropical Tropopause Layer, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 110, 2041-2046, doi:10.1073/pnas.1217104110, 2013.

  17. A new method for estimating shear-wave velocity in marine sediments from radiation impedance measurements

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    Kimura, Masao

    2005-11-01

    Shear-wave velocity is one of the important parameters that characterize the physical properties of marine sediments. In this study, a new method is proposed for measuring shear-wave velocity in marine sediments by using radiation impedance. Shear-wave velocities for three kinds of urethane rubber with different Japanese Industrial Standards hardness values were obtained by radiation impedance and time-of-flight measurement techniques. It was shown that the values of the shear-wave velocity measured by the radiation impedance method were consistent with those of time-of-flight measurements. It was then shown that the shear-wave velocities for air- and water-saturated beach sands are different. It was also found that the indicated shear-wave velocity is dependent on the vibrating plate radius because the instrument measures an average shear-wave velocity within a depth window beneath the plate; the larger the plate radius, the deeper the averaging window. Finally, measurements were made on two-layered media in which air-saturated beach sand or urethane rubber was covered with air-saturated clay, and the relationship between the thickness of the clay layer and the indicated shear-wave velocity was investigated.

  18. Crustal and mantle shear velocity structure of Costa Rica and Nicaragua from ambient noise and teleseismic Rayleigh wave tomography

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    Harmon, Nicholas; Cruz, Mariela Salas De La; Rychert, Catherine Ann; Abers, Geoffrey; Fischer, Karen

    2013-11-01

    The Costa Rica-Nicaragua subduction zone shows systematic along strike variation in arc chemistry, geology, tectonics and seismic velocity and attenuation, presenting global extremes within a few hundred kilometres. In this study, we use teleseismic and ambient noise derived surface wave tomography to produce a 3-D shear velocity model of the region. We use the 48 stations of the TUCAN array, and up to 94 events for the teleseismic Rayleigh wave inversion, and 18 months of continuous data for cross correlation to estimate Green's functions from ambient noise. In the shallow crust (0-15 km) we observe low-shear velocities directly beneath the arc volcanoes (<3 km s-1) and higher velocities in the backarc of Nicaragua. The anomalies below the volcanoes are likely caused by heated crust, intruded by magma. We estimate crustal thickness by picking the depth to the 4 km s-1 velocity contour. We infer >40-km-thick crust beneath the Costa Rican arc and the Nicaraguan Highlands, thinned crust (˜20 km) beneath the Nicaraguan Depression, and increasing crustal thickness in the backarc region, consistent with receiver function studies. The region of thinned, seismically slow and likely weakened crust beneath the arc in Nicaragua is not localizing deformation associated with oblique subduction. At mantle depths (55-120 km depth) we observe lower shear velocities (up to 3 per cent) beneath the Nicaraguan arc and backarc than beneath Costa Rica. Our low-shear velocity anomaly beneath Nicaragua is in the same location as a low-shear velocity anomaly and displaced towards the backarc from the high VP/VS anomaly observed in body wave tomography. The lower shear velocity beneath Nicaragua may indicate higher melt content in the mantle perhaps due to higher volatile flux from the slab or higher temperature. Finally, we observe a linear high-velocity region at depths >120 km parallel to the trench, which is consistent with the subducting slab.

  19. Variations in the radio-wave absorption in the ionosphere due to internal gravity waves

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    Grigor'ev, G. I.

    2006-03-01

    We estimate the influence of internal gravity waves on the radio-wave absorption in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is shown that the internal gravity waves can lead to significant spatio-temporal variations in the absorption. We conclude that riometric measurements can be used for the diagnostics of internal gravity waves in the Earth’s atmosphere.

  20. Parameterization and simulation of near bed orbital velocities under irregular waves in shallow water

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    Elfrink, B.; Hanes, D.M.; Ruessink, B.G.

    2006-01-01

    A set of empirical formulations is derived that describe important wave properties in shallow water as functions of commonly used parameters such as wave height, wave period, local water depth and local bed slope. These wave properties include time varying near-bed orbital velocities and statistical properties such as the distribution of wave height and wave period. Empirical expressions of characteristic wave parameters are derived on the basis of extensive analysis of field data using recently developed evolutionary algorithms. The field data covered a wide range of wave conditions, though there were few conditions with wave periods greater than 15 s. Comparison with field measurements showed good agreement both on a time scale of a single wave period as well as time averaged velocity moments.

  1. The influence of temperature variations on ultrasonic guided waves in anisotropic CFRP plates.

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    Putkis, O; Dalton, R P; Croxford, A J

    2015-07-01

    Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) materials are lightweight and corrosion-resistant and therefore are increasingly used in aerospace, automotive and construction industries. In Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) applications of CFRP materials, ultrasonic guided waves potentially offer large area inspection or inspection from a remote location. This paper addresses the effect of temperature variation on guided wave propagation in highly anisotropic CFRP materials. Temperature variations cause changes in guided wave velocity that can in turn compromise the baseline subtraction procedures employed by many SHM systems for damage detection. A simple model that describes the dependence of elastic properties of the CFRP plates on temperature is presented in this paper. The model can be used to predict anisotropic velocity changes and baseline subtraction performance under varying thermal conditions. The results produced by the model for unidirectional and 0/90 CFRP plates are compared with experimental measurements. PMID:25812468

  2. Investigation of coseismic and postseismic processes using in situ measurements of seismic velocity variations in an underground mine

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    Olivier, G.; Brenguier, F.; Campillo, M.; Roux, P.; Shapiro, N. M.; Lynch, R.

    2015-11-01

    The in situ mechanical response of a rock mass to a sudden dynamic and static stress change is still poorly known. To tackle this question, we conducted an experiment in an underground mine to examine (1) the influence of dynamic and static stress perturbations on seismic velocities, (2) elastic static stress changes, and (3) induced earthquake activity associated with the blast and removal of a portion of hard rock. We accurately (0.01%) measured seismic velocity variations with ambient seismic noise correlations, located aftershock activity, and performed elastic static stress modeling. Overall, we observe that the blast induced a sudden decrease in seismic velocities over the entire studied area, which we interpreted as the damage due to the passing of strong seismic waves. This sudden process is followed by a slow relaxation lasting up to 5 days, while seismic activity returns to its background level after 2 days. In some locations, after the short-term effects of the blast have subsided, the seismic velocities converge to new baseline levels and permanent changes in seismic velocity become visible. After comparing the spatial pattern of permanent seismic velocity changes with elastic static stress modeling, we infer that the permanent seismic velocity changes are due to the change in the static volumetric stress induced by the removal of a solid portion of rock by the blast. To our knowledge, this is the first observation of noise-based permanent seismic velocity changes associated with static stress changes.

  3. Estimation of near-surface shear-wave velocities and quality factors using multichannel analysis of surface-wave methods

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    Xia, Jianghai

    2014-04-01

    This overview article gives a picture of multichannel analysis of high-frequency surface (Rayleigh and Love) waves developed mainly by research scientists at the Kansas Geological Survey, the University of Kansas and China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) during the last eighteen years by discussing dispersion imaging techniques, inversion systems, and real-world examples. Shear (S)-wave velocities of near-surface materials can be derived from inverting the dispersive phase velocities of high-frequency surface waves. Multichannel analysis of surface waves—MASW used phase information of high-frequency Rayleigh waves recorded on vertical component geophones to determine near-surface S-wave velocities. The differences between MASW results and direct borehole measurements are approximately 15% or less and random. Studies show that inversion with higher modes and the fundamental mode simultaneously can increase model resolution and an investigation depth. Multichannel analysis of Love waves—MALW used phase information of high-frequency Love waves recorded on horizontal (perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation) component geophones to determine S-wave velocities of shallow materials. Because of independence of compressional (P)-wave velocity, the MALW method has some attractive advantages, such as 1) Love-wave dispersion curves are simpler than Rayleigh wave's; 2) dispersion images of Love-wave energy have a higher signal to noise ratio and more focused than those generated from Rayleigh waves; and 3) inversion of Love-wave dispersion curves is less dependent on initial models and more stable than Rayleigh waves.

  4. Improved estimation of P-wave velocity, S-wave velocity, and attenuation factor by iterative structural joint inversion of crosswell seismic data

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    Zhu, Tieyuan; Harris, Jerry M.

    2015-12-01

    We present an iterative joint inversion approach for improving the consistence of estimated P-wave velocity, S-wave velocity and attenuation factor models. This type of inversion scheme links two or more independent inversions using a joint constraint, which is constructed by the cross-gradient function in this paper. The primary advantages of this joint inversion strategy are: avoiding weighting for different datasets in conventional simultaneous joint inversion, flexible for incorporating prior information, and relatively easy to code. We demonstrate the algorithm with two synthetic examples and two field datasets. The inversions for P- and S-wave velocity are based on ray traveltime tomography. The results of the first synthetic example show that the iterative joint inversion take advantages of both P- and S-wave sensitivity to resolve their ambiguities as well as improve structural similarity between P- and S-wave velocity models. In the second synthetic and field examples, joint inversion of P- and S-wave traveltimes results in an improved Vs velocity model that shows better structural correlation with the Vp model. More importantly, the resultant VP/VS ratio map has fewer artifacts and is better correlated for use in geological interpretation than the independent inversions. The second field example illustrates that the flexible joint inversion algorithm using frequency-shift data gives a structurally improved attenuation factor map constrained by a prior VP tomogram.

  5. Flow of concentrated suspensions through fractures: Significant in-plane velocity variations caused by small variations in solid concentration

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    Medina, R.; Detwiler, R. L.; Morris, J. P.; Prioul, R.; Desroches, J.

    2014-12-01

    Flow of fluids containing large concentrations of suspended solids through narrow fractures is important in subsurface processes where the permeability of the fracture is greater than the surrounding matrix (i.e. sand intrusion, environmental remediation, hydraulic fracturing, magma flow, and mud volcanoes). We present results from experiments in which a high concentration (50% by volume) of granular solids suspended in a non-Newtonian carrier fluid (0.75% guar gum in water) flowed through a transparent parallel-plate fracture. Digital particle-image-velocimetry analysis demonstrates the development of a strongly heterogeneous velocity field within the fracture that persists for the length of the fracture. The highest velocities were observed along the no-flow boundaries and the lowest velocities along the centerline; we carried out numerical simulations and additional experiments to elucidate this surprising result. Depth-averaged (2D) simulations using a rheological model of concentrated suspensions of mono-disperse solids in Newtonian fluids reproduced experimental observations of the velocity field when small (3%) variations in solid concentration were introduced. Such concentration variability led to significant (factor of two) velocity variations within the fracture yet negligible changes in observed pressure gradients. Two plausible explanations for solid-concentration variability are: (i) shearing of the fluid at the no-flow boundaries induced these concentration variations or (ii) they were induced by upstream boundary conditions. A second set of experiments was performed to identify which of the two phenomena caused the observed velocity variations. A narrow obstruction was placed along the centerline of the same cell; reduced velocities along the obstruction were observed, indicating that the observed velocity variations are the result of solid concentration heterogeneities that occurred in the upstream boundary and not from concentration heterogeneities developing inside the fracture. Our results suggest that small variations in solid concentration can lead to significant velocity variations such that a simple fracture-averaged conductivity may not reliably predict transport of suspended solids within fractures.

  6. Three dimensional Rayleigh wave velocity model using multimode surface wave tomography of Eastern Asia

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    Pandey, S.; Yuan, X.; Debayle, E.; Priestley, K. F.; Kind, R.; Li, X.

    2010-12-01

    The collision of the Eurasian plate, Indian plate and Philippine sea plate resulted in the tectonic feature of todays; like mountain ranges, fold belts, sedimentary basins and high plateaus in China and the surrounding region. In the Northern part this region is supposed to get some resistance from the Siberian shield. But the collision of Indian plate has left its major imprints and the consequence of this was the uplift of Himalayan Mountain and Tibetan Plateau. This triple junction scenario is the main cause for many inter and intra-plate earthquake in this region. It is generally agreed that the lithosphere is thick in west China while much of the lithospheric root was lost beneath some cratons in east China. Still it's an open debate whether the lithosphere beneath the Tibetan plateau has doubled its thickness as did the crust above or much of the thickened lithosphere was removed by mantle convection and delamination. In our study we try to determine the three dimensional Sv wave speed and azimuthal anisotropy model by analyzing the vertical component multimode Rayleigh wave seismogram. The data which we used are from broadband stations from in and around China. We construct the three dimensional model in two step procedure. In the first step we use the automated version of the Cara and Leveque [1987] waveform inversion technique in terms of secondary observables for modeling each multimode Rayleigh waveform to determine the path-average mantle Sv wave speed structure. In the second stage we combine the 1-D velocity models in a tomographic inversion to obtain the three dimensional Sv wave speed structure and the azimuthal anisotropy as a function of depth. We have taken a source region specific velocity structure from the three dimensional model 3SMAC to improve the source excitation computation. We analyzed the seismograms using a modified (smoothed) version of PREM for the upper mantle velocity structure both for the reference model used in extracting the modal information from the seismogram and for the starting inversion and a priori velocity models employed in determining the path-average mantle structure. However, each path has a path-specific crustal model determined by averaging the crustal part of 3SMAC along the path.

  7. Surface wave phase velocities from 2-D surface wave tomography studies in the Anatolian plate

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    Arif Kutlu, Yusuf; Erduran, Murat; Çakır, Özcan; Vinnik, Lev; Kosarev, Grigoriy; Oreshin, Sergey

    2014-05-01

    We study the Rayleigh and Love surface wave fundamental mode propagation beneath the Anatolian plate. To examine the inter-station phase velocities a two-station method is used along with the Multiple Filter Technique (MFT) in the Computer Programs in Seismology (Herrmann and Ammon, 2004). The near-station waveform is deconvolved from the far-station waveform removing the propagation effects between the source and the station. This method requires that the near and far stations are aligned with the epicentre on a great circle path. The azimuthal difference of the earthquake to the two-stations and the azimuthal difference between the earthquake and the station are restricted to be smaller than 5o. We selected 3378 teleseismic events (Mw >= 5.7) recorded by 394 broadband local stations with high signal-to-noise ratio within the years 1999-2013. Corrected for the instrument response suitable seismogram pairs are analyzed with the two-station method yielding a collection of phase velocity curves in various period ranges (mainly in the range 25-185 sec). Diffraction from lateral heterogeneities, multipathing, interference of Rayleigh and Love waves can alter the dispersion measurements. In order to obtain quality measurements, we select only smooth portions of the phase velocity curves, remove outliers and average over many measurements. We discard these average phase velocity curves suspected of suffering from phase wrapping errors by comparing them with a reference Earth model (IASP91 by Kennett and Engdahl, 1991). The outlined analysis procedure yields 3035 Rayleigh and 1637 Love individual phase velocity curves. To obtain Rayleigh and Love wave travel times for a given region we performed 2-D tomographic inversion for which the Fast Marching Surface Tomography (FMST) code developed by N. Rawlinson at the Australian National University was utilized. This software package is based on the multistage fast marching method by Rawlinson and Sambridge (2004a, 2004b). The azimuthal coverage of the respective two-station paths is proper to analyze the observed dispersion curves in terms of both azimuthal and radial anisotropy beneath the study region. This research is supported by Joint Research Project of the Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK- Grant number 111Y190) and the Russian Federation for Basic Research (RFBR).

  8. Z Cha in superoutburst - Periodic variation in the systemic velocity

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    Honey, W. B.; Charles, P. A.; Whitehurst, R.; Barrett, P. E.; Smale, A. P.

    1988-03-01

    The authors present photometric and spectroscopic data from the May 1984 and December 1985 superoutbursts of the SU UMa system Z Cha. By fitting composite absorption and emission profiles to the spectroscopic data, radial velocity curves were produced for each night using Hβ, Hγ, Hδ, He I λ4471, and Ca II K. The mean (γ) of each of these velocity curves is found to be non-zero (i.e. they do not represent the quiescent value of the systemic velocity) and it is found that γ is modulated on the superhump beat period of 2.1 days with a zero-velocity phase of ≡0.75, and amplitude of ≡80 km s-1. The mean of the modulation is compatible with the quiescent value of γ = 0±9 km s-1. This observational result is interpreted with new non-axisymmetric disc simulations as arising in an eccentric, precessing disc which is tidally distorted by the secondary.

  9. The shear wave velocity of the upper mantle beneath the Bay of Bengal, Northeast Indian Ocean from interstation phase velocities of surface waves

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    Bhattacharya, S. N.; Mitra, Supriyo; Suresh, G.

    2013-06-01

    The Bay of Bengal evolved along the eastern margin of the Indian subcontinent about 130 Ma with the breakup of India from eastern Gondwanaland. Since then the Indian lithospheric Plate has moved northward, along with the Bay of Bengal, and eventually collided with the Eurasian Plate. The age of the lithosphere beneath the central Bay of Bengal is ˜110 Ma. We evaluate the shear wave velocity structure of the upper mantle beneath the central Bay through inversion of phase velocities of fundamental mode Rayleigh and Love waves along two wave paths: (i) between Port Blair (PBA) and VIS (Visakhapatnam) and (ii) between DGPR (Diglipur) and VIS. The seismological observatories PBA and DGPR are located on the Andaman Island and to the east of the Bay and the observatory at VIS in located on the eastern coast of India to the west of the Bay. Using broad-band records of earthquakes, which lie along the great circle arc joining each pair of observatories, we obtain phase velocities between 20 and 240 s periods for Rayleigh waves and between 23 and 170 s for Love waves. These phase velocities are inverted to find the S-wave velocity structure of the upper mantle down to 400 km. The crustal structure is based on previous studies of the Bay and kept fixed in the inversion. We obtain a radially anisotropic upper-mantle structure, where the SH-wave velocity (VSH) is greater than the SV-wave velocity (VSV) down to 400 km. The S-wave velocity decreases sharply by ˜4.5 per cent for VSV and ˜1.5 per cent for VSH at a depth 110 km, which is considered as the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere boundary (LAB), that is, the bottom of the mantle lid. Based on recent studies, such sharp fall of S-wave velocity below the mantle lid appears to indicate a partially molten thin layer (G-discontinuity) at this depth. The thickness of the mantle lid is intermediate between oceanic and continental regions. The lid is also characterized by low radial anisotropy, which decreases to near isotropy at the bottom of the lid. These two characteristics show a `continental-like' mantle lid beneath the Bay. Rapid northward motion of the Indian Plate before its collision with Eurasia might have caused the large radial anisotropy observed below the mantle lid.

  10. Validation of recent shear wave velocity models in the United States with full-wave simulation

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    Gao, Haiying; Shen, Yang

    2015-01-01

    Interpretations of dynamic processes and the thermal and chemical structure of the Earth depend on the accuracy of Earth models. With the growing number of velocity models constructed with different tomographic methods and seismic data sets, there is an increasing need for a systematic way to validate model accuracy and resolution. This study selects five shear wave velocity models in the U.S. and simulates full-wave propagation within the 3-D structures. Surface-wave signals extracted from ambient seismic noise and regional earthquakes are compared with synthetic waveforms at multiple-frequency bands. Phase delays and cross-correlation coefficients between observed and synthetic waveforms allow us to compare and validate these models quantitatively. In general, measurements from regional earthquakes are consistent with ambient noise results, but appear more scattered, which may result from uncertainty of the earthquake source location, origin time, and moment tensor. Our results show the improvement of model prediction with the increase of seismic data sets and implement of advanced methods. There exists a positive linear trend between phase delay and interstation distance for three models, indicating that on average, these models are faster than the real Earth structure. The phase delays from the jointly inverted model of ambient noise and receiver function have negative means at all periods while without obvious dependence on the interstation distance. The full-wave ambient noise tomographic model predicts more accurate phase arrivals compared to other models. This study suggests a need for an integrated model constructed with multiple seismic waveforms and consideration of anisotropy and attenuation.

  11. Comparision between crustal density and velocity variations in Southern California

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    Langenheim, V.E.; Hauksson, E.

    2001-01-01

    We predict gravity from a three-dimensional Vp model of the upper crust and compare it to the observed isostatic residual gravity field. In general this comparison shows that the isostatic residual gravity field reflects the density variations in the upper to middle crust. Both data sets show similar density variations for the upper crust in areas such as the Peninsular Ranges and the Los Angeles basin. Both show similar variations across major faults, such as the San Andreas and Garlock faults in the Mojave Desert. The difference between the two data sets in regions such as the Salton Trough, the Eastern California Shear Zone, and the eastern Ventura basin (where depth to Moho is <30 km), however, suggests high-density middle to lower crust beneath these regions. Hence the joint interpretation of these data sets improves the depth constraints of crustal density variations.

  12. 3D P-Wave Velocity Structure of the Deep Galicia Rifted Margin

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    Bayrakci, G.; Minshull, T. A.; Davy, R. G.; Sawyer, D. S.; Klaeschen, D.; Papenberg, C. A.; Reston, T. J.; Shillington, D. J.; Ranero, C. R.

    2014-12-01

    The combined wide-angle reflection-refraction and multi-channel seismic (MCS) experiment, Galicia 3D, was carried out in 2013 at the Galicia rifted margin in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain. The main geological features within the 64 by 20 km (1280 km²) 3D box investigated by the survey are the peridotite ridge (PR), the fault bounded, rotated basement blocks and the S reflector, which has been interpreted to be a low angle detachment fault. 44 short period four-component ocean bottom seismometers and 28 ocean bottom hydrophones were deployed in the 3D box. 3D MCS profiles sampling the whole box were acquired with two airgun arrays of 3300 cu.in. fired alternately every 37.5 m. We present the results from 3D first-arrival time tomography that constrains the P-wave velocity in the 3D box, for the entire depth sampled by reflection data. Results are validated by synthetic tests and by the comparison with Galicia 3D MCS lines. The main outcomes are as follows: 1- The 3.5 km/s iso-velocity contour mimics the top of the acoustic basement observed on MCS profiles. Block bounding faults are imaged as velocity contrasts and basement blocks exhibit 3D topographic variations. 2- On the southern profiles, the top of the PR rises up to 5.5 km depth whereas, 20 km northward, its basement expression (at 6.5 km depth) nearly disappears. 3- The 6.5 km/s iso-velocity contour matches the topography of the S reflector where the latter is visible on MCS profiles. Within a depth interval of 0.6 km (in average), velocities beneath the S reflector increase from 6.5 km/s to 7 km/s, which would correspond to a decrease in the degree of serpentinization from ~45 % to ~30 % if these velocity variations are caused solely by variations in hydration. At the intersections between the block bounding normal faults and the S reflector, this decrease happens over a larger depth interval (> 1 km), suggesting that faults act as conduit for the water flow in the upper mantle.

  13. 3D P-Wave Velocity Structure of the Deep Galicia Rifted Margin

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    Bayrakci, Gaye; Minshull, Timothy; Davy, Richard; Sawyer, Dale; Klaeschen, Dirk; Papenberg, Cord; Reston, Timothy; Shillington, Donna; Ranero, Cesar

    2015-04-01

    The combined wide-angle reflection-refraction and multi-channel seismic (MCS) experiment, Galicia 3D, was carried out in 2013 at the Galicia rifted margin in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain. The main geological features within the 64 by 20 km (1280 km²) 3D box investigated by the survey are the peridotite ridge (PR), the fault bounded, rotated basement blocks and the S reflector, which has been interpreted to be a low angle detachment fault. 44 short period four-component ocean bottom seismometers and 28 ocean bottom hydrophones were deployed in the 3D box. 3D MCS profiles sampling the whole box were acquired with two airgun arrays of 3300 cu.in. fired alternately every 37.5 m. We present the results from 3D first-arrival time tomography that constrains the P-wave velocity in the 3D box, for the entire depth sampled by reflection data. Results are validated by synthetic tests and by the comparison with Galicia 3D MCS lines. The main outcomes are as follows: 1- The 3.5 km/s iso-velocity contour mimics the top of the acoustic basement observed on MCS profiles. Block bounding faults are imaged as velocity contrasts and basement blocks exhibit 3D topographic variations. 2- On the southern profiles, the top of the PR rises up to 5.5 km depth whereas, 20 km northward, its basement expression (at 6.5 km depth) nearly disappears. 3- The 6.5 km/s iso-velocity contour matches the topography of the S reflector where the latter is visible on MCS profiles. Within a depth interval of 0.6 km (in average), velocities beneath the S reflector increase from 6.5 km/s to 7 km/s, which would correspond to a decrease in the degree of serpentinization from ~45 % to ~30 % if these velocity variations are caused solely by variations in hydration. At the intersections between the block bounding normal faults and the S reflector, this decrease happens over a larger depth interval (> 1 km), suggesting that faults act as conduit for the water flow in the upper mantle.

  14. 3-D Shear Velocity Structure of Costa Rica and Nicaragua from Teleseismic and Ambient Noise Rayleigh Wave Tomography

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    Harmon, N.; Salas, M.; Rychert, C. A.; Fischer, K. M.; Abers, G. A.

    2012-12-01

    The Costa Rica-Nicaragua subduction zone shows systematic along strike variation in arc chemistry, geology and seismic velocity and attenuation, presenting global extremes within a few hundred kilometres. In this study we use teleseismic and ambient noise derived surface wave tomography to produce a 3-D shear velocity model of the region. We use the 48 stations of the TUCAN array, and up to 96 events for the teleseismic Rayleigh wave inversion, and 20 months of continuous data for cross correlation to estimate Green's functions from ambient noise. In the shallow crust (0-15 km) we observe low shear velocities directly beneath the arc volcanos (< 3 km/s) with higher velocities in the back arc of Nicaragua. The anomalies are likely caused by heated crust, possibly intruded by magma. We observe > 40 km thick crust beneath the Costa Rican arc and the Nicaraguan Highlands, with thinned crust (~20 km) beneath the Nicaraguan Depression, with increasing crustal thickness in the back arc region. At mantle depths (55-120 km depth) we observe lower shear velocities (~2%) beneath the Nicaraguan arc and back arc relative to Costa Rica. This is well-correlated with a Vp/Vs anomaly beneath Nicaragua. The lower shear velocity beneath Nicaragua may indicate higher melt content in the mantle perhaps due to higher volatile flux from the slab. Finally, we observe a linear high velocity region at depths > 120 km parallel to the trench, which is consistent with the subducting slab.

  15. Crustal shear-wave velocity structure beneath Sumatra from receiver function modeling

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    Bora, Dipok K.; Borah, Kajaljyoti; Goyal, Ayush

    2016-05-01

    We estimated the shear-wave velocity structure and Vp/Vs ratio of the crust beneath the Sumatra region by inverting stacked receiver functions from five three-component broadband seismic stations, located in diverse geologic setting, using a well known non-linear direct search approach, Neighborhood Algorithm (NA). Inversion results show significant variation of sediment layer thicknesses from 1 km beneath the backarc basin (station BKNI and PMBI) to 3-7 km beneath the coastal part of Sumatra region (station LHMI and MNAI) and Nias island (station GSI). Average sediment layer shear velocity (Vss) beneath all the stations is observed to be less (∼1.35 km/s) and their corresponding Vp/Vs ratio is very high (∼2.2-3.0). Crustal thickness beneath Sumatra region varies between 27 and 35 km, with exception of 19 km beneath Nias island, with average crustal Vs ∼3.1-3.4 km/s (Vp/Vs ∼1.8). It is well known that thick sediments with low Vs (and high Vp/Vs) amplify seismic waves even from a small-magnitude earthquake, which can cause huge damage in the zone. This study can provide the useful information of the crust for the Sumatra region. Since, Sumatra is an earthquake prone zone, which suffered the strong shaking of Great Andaman-Sumatra earthquake; this study can also be helpful for seismic hazard assessment.

  16. One year variations in the near earth solar wind ion density and bulk flow velocity

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    Bolton, Scott J.

    1990-01-01

    One-year periodic variations in the near earth solar wind ion density and bulk flow velocity are reported. The variations show an inverse relationship between the ion velocity and density. The peak strength of the observed density variation ranges from 50-100 percent over the background. These variations imply either large scale mass loading inside the earth's orbit or intrinsic solar modulations. Analyses of both near earth and Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft data provide a comparison at two different heliocentric distances. Several explanations for these variations are discussed.

  17. Effects of soil moisture variations on deposition velocities above vegetation.

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    Wesely, M. L.; Song, J.; McMillen, R. T.; Meyers, T. P.; Environmental Research; Northern Illinois Univ.; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    2001-01-01

    The parameterized subgrid-scale surface flux (PASS) model provides a simplified means of using remote sensing data from satellites and limited surface meteorological information to estimate the influence of soil moisture on bulk canopy stomatal resistances to the uptake of gases over extended areas. PASS-generated estimates of bulk canopy stomatal resistance were used in a dry deposition module to compute gas deposition velocities with a horizontal resolution of 200 m for approximately 5000 km{sup 2} of agricultural crops and rangeland. Results were compared with measurements of O{sub 3} flux and concentrations made during April and May 1997 at two surface stations and from an aircraft. The trend in simulated O{sub 3} deposition velocity during soil moisture drydown over a period of a few days matched the trend observed at the two surface stations. For areas under the aircraft flight paths, the variability in simulated O{sub 3} deposition velocity was substantially smaller than the observed variability, while the averages over tens of kilometers were usually in agreement within 0.1 cm s{sup -1}. Model results indicated that soil moisture can have a major role in deposition of O{sub 3} and other substances strongly affected by canopy stomatal resistance.

  18. Minimal position-velocity uncertainty wave packets in relativistic and non-relativistic quantum mechanics

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    Al-Hashimi, M. H.; Wiese, U.-J.

    2009-12-01

    We consider wave packets of free particles with a general energy-momentum dispersion relation E(p). The spreading of the wave packet is determined by the velocity v=∂pE. The position-velocity uncertainty relation ΔxΔv⩾12|<∂p2E>| is saturated by minimal uncertainty wave packets Φ(p)=Aexp(-αE(p)+βp). In addition to the standard minimal Gaussian wave packets corresponding to the non-relativistic dispersion relation E(p)=p2/2m, analytic calculations are presented for the spreading of wave packets with minimal position-velocity uncertainty product for the lattice dispersion relation E(p)=-cos(pa)/ma2 as well as for the relativistic dispersion relation E(p)=p2+m2. The boost properties of moving relativistic wave packets as well as the propagation of wave packets in an expanding Universe are also discussed.

  19. Ultra Low-Velocity Control of a Surface Acoustic Wave Linear Motor

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    Kotani, Hiroyuki; Takasaki, Masaya; Ishino, Yuji; Mizuno, Takeshi

    A surface acoustic wave (SAW) linear motor is a kind of ultrasonic motor. The advantages of the SAW linear motor are thin structure, high thrust force, high velocity and precise positioning. The relationship between applied current and output velocity is, however, unstable in the low velocity range due to the friction drive principle. Therefore the SAW linear motor cannot obtain stable driving without feedback control in the low-velocity region. In this research, to realize low velocity, a pulse width modulation (PWM) control and flexible slider structure are employed. Flexible structure is installed to cancel vibration due to the PWM carrier wave. A lower velocity in the unstable range is realized. Moreover we change the calculation algorithm for the slider velocity measurement. As a result, the SAW linear motor can be driven at an ultra low velocity of 30?m/s. Additionally, driving characteristics are improved using a feedforward controller.

  20. Fracture density estimates in glaciogenic deposits from P-wave velocity reductions

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    Karaman, A.; Carpenter, P.J.

    1997-01-01

    Subsidence-induced fracturing of glaciogenic deposits over coal mines in the southern Illinois basis alters hydraulic properties of drift aquifers and exposes these aquifers to surface contaminants. In this study, refraction tomography surveys were used in conjunction with a generalized form of a seismic fracture density model to estimate the vertical and lateral extent of fracturing in a 12-m thick overburden of loess, clay, glacial till, and outwash above a longwall coal mine at 90 m depth. This generalized model accurately predicted fracture trends and densities from azimuthal P-wave velocity variations over unsaturated single- and dual-parallel fractures exposed at the surface. These fractures extended at least 6 m and exhibited 10--15 cm apertures at the surface. The pre- and postsubsidence velocity ratios were converted into fracture densities that exhibited qualitative agreement with the observed surface and inferred subsurface fracture distribution. Velocity reductions as large as 25% were imaged over the static tension zone of the mine where fracturing may extend to depths of 10--15 m. Finally, the seismically derived fracture density estimates were plotted as a function of subsidence-induced drawdown across the panel to estimate the average specific storage of the sand and gravel lower drift aquifer. This value was at least 20 times higher than the presubsidence (unfractured) specific storage for the same aquifer.

  1. Surface wave higher-mode phase velocity measurements using a roller-coaster-type algorithm

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    Beucler, Éric; Stutzmann, Éléonore; Montagner, Jean-Paul

    2003-10-01

    In order to solve a highly non-linear problem by introducing the smallest a priori information, we present a new inverse technique called the `roller coaster' technique and apply it to measure surface wave mode-branch phase velocities. The fundamental mode and the first six overtone parameter vectors, defined over their own significant frequency ranges, are smoothed average phase velocity perturbations along the great circle epicentre-station path. These measurements explain well both Rayleigh and Love waveforms, within a maximum period range included between 40 and 500 s. The main idea of this technique is to first determine all possible configurations of the parameter vector, imposing large-scale correlations over the model space, and secondly to explore each of them locally in order to match the short-wavelength variations. The final solution which achieves the minimum misfit of all local optimizations, in the least-squares sense, is then hardly influenced by the reference model. Each mode-branch a posteriori reliability estimate turns out to be a very powerful instrument in assessing the phase velocity measurements. Our Rayleigh results for the Vanuatu-California path seem to agree correctly with previous ones.

  2. Compressional and shear-wave velocity versus depth relations for common rock types in northern California

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    Brocher, T.M.

    2008-01-01

    This article presents new empirical compressional and shear-wave velocity (Vp and Vs) versus depth relationships for the most common rock types in northern California. Vp versus depth relations were developed from borehole, laboratory, seismic refraction and tomography, and density measurements, and were converted to Vs versus depth relations using new empirical relations between Vp and Vs. The relations proposed here account for increasing overburden pressure but not for variations in other factors that can influence velocity over short distance scales, such as lithology, consolidation, induration, porosity, and stratigraphic age. Standard deviations of the misfits predicted by these relations thus provide a measure of the importance of the variability in Vp and Vs caused by these other factors. Because gabbros, greenstones, basalts, and other mafic rocks have a different Vp and Vs relationship than sedimentary and granitic rocks, the differences in Vs between these rock types at depths below 6 or 7 km are generally small. The new relations were used to derive the 2005 U.S. Geological Survey seismic velocity model for northern California employed in the broadband strong motion simulations of the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1906 San Francisco earthquakes; initial tests of the model indicate that the Vp model generally compares favorably to regional seismic tomography models but that the Vp and Vs values proposed for the Franciscan Complex may be about 5% too high.

  3. A lithospheric velocity model for the flat slab region of Argentina from joint inversion of Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion and teleseismic receiver functions

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    Ammirati, Jean-Baptiste; Alvarado, Patricia; Beck, Susan

    2015-07-01

    In the central Andes, the Nazca plate displays large along strike variations in dip with a near horizontal subduction angle between 28 and 32°S referred to the Pampean flat slab segment. The upper plate above the Pampean flat slab has high rates of crustal seismicity and active basement cored uplifts. The SIEMBRA experiment, a 43-broad-band-seismic-station array was deployed to better characterize the Pampean flat slab region around 31°S. In this study, we explore the lithospheric structure above the flat slab as a whole and its relation to seismicity. We use the SIEMBRA data to perform a joint inversion of teleseismic receiver functions and Rayleigh wave phase velocity dispersion to constrain the shear wave velocity variations in the lithosphere. Our joint inversion results show: (1) the presence of several upper-plate mid-crustal discontinuities and their lateral extent that are probably related to the terrane accretion history; (2) zones of high shear wave velocity in the upper-plate lower crust associated with a weak Moho signal consistent with the hypothesis of partial eclogitization in the lower crust; (3) the presence of low shear-wave velocities at ˜100 km depth interpreted as the subducting oceanic crust. Finally, in order to investigate the relation of the lithospheric structure to seismicity, we determine an optimal velocity-depth model based on the joint inversion results and use it to perform regional moment tensor inversions (SMTI) of crustal and slab earthquakes. The SMTI for 18 earthquakes that occurred between 2007 and 2009 in the flat slab region below Argentina, indicates systematically shallower focal depths for slab earthquakes (compared with inversions using previous velocity models). This suggests that the slab seismicity is concentrated mostly between 90 and 110 km depths within the subducting Nazca plate's oceanic crust and likely related to dehydration. In addition, the slab earthquakes exhibit extensional focal mechanisms suggesting new faulting at the edges of the flat portion of the slab. SMTI solutions for upper-plate crustal earthquakes match well the geological observations of reactivated structures and agree with crustal shortening. Our new constraints on flat slab structure can aid earthquake characterization for regional seismic hazard assessment and efforts to help understand the mechanisms for slab flattening in the central Andes.

  4. Space relevant laboratory studies of ion-acoustic and ion-cyclotron waves driven by parallel-velocity shear

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    Koepke, M. E.; Teodorescu, C.; Reynolds, E. W.

    2003-06-01

    Results from a Q-machine experiment are used to illustrate the dispersion-relation regimes associated with ion-acoustic and ion-cyclotron waves modified by the presence of shear in the magnetic-field-aligned (parallel) ion flow. Identifying the regimes requires knowledge of the sign of the ratio of wavevector components and the sign of parallel-velocity shear. Ion-temperature anisotropy is shown to influence significantly the propagation direction of oblique ion-acoustic waves. The necessity of documenting the instability mechanism with measurements of the electron and ion distribution functions, the electron and ion parallel-velocity shear, the flow-frame Doppler shifts, both small and large values of propagation angle, and the growth rate is illustrated. The existence of these shear-modified, low-frequency waves at values of parallel electron-drift velocity substantially smaller than the excitation thresholds predicted by homogeneous-plasma theory demonstrates the suitability of parallel-velocity shear for playing a role in the mechanism responsible for broadband extremely-low-frequency waves observed in the auroral ionosphere where there exists spatial variations and filamentation in the parallel plasma flow. This article was scheduled to appear in issue 5 of Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion. To access this Special issue please follow this link: http://www.iop.org/EJ/toc/0741-3335/45/5

  5. Spatial and seasonal variation in wave attenuation over Zostera noltii

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    Paul, M.; Amos, C. L.

    2011-08-01

    Wave attenuation is a recognized function of sea grass ecosystems which is believed to depend on plant characteristics. This paper presents field data on wave attenuance collected over a 13 month period in a Zostera noltii meadow. The meadow showed a strong seasonality with high shoot densities in summer (approximately 4,600 shoots/m2) and low densities in winter (approximately 600 shoots/m2). Wave heights and flow velocities were measured along a transect at regular intervals during which the site was exposed to wind waves and boat wakes that differ in wave period and steepness. This difference was used to investigate whether wave attenuation by sea grass changes with hydrodynamic conditions. A seasonal change in wave attenuation was observed from the data. Results suggest that a minimum shoot density is necessary to initiate wave attenuation by sea grass. Additionally, a dependence of wave attenuation on hydrodynamics was found. Results suggest that the threshold shoot density varies with wave period and a change in energy dissipation toward the shore was observed once this threshold was exceeded. An attempt was made to quantify the bed roughness of the meadow; the applicability of this roughness value in swaying vegetation is discussed. Finally, the drag coefficient for the meadow was computed: A relationship between wave attenuance and vegetation Reynolds number was found which allows comparing the wave attenuating effect of Zostera noltii to other plant species.

  6. Lithostratigraphy and shear-wave velocity in the crystallized Topopah Spring Tuff, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Buesch, D.C.; Stokoe, K.H., II; Won, K.C.; Seong, Y.J.; Jung, J.L.; Schuhen, M.D.

    2006-01-01

    Evaluation of the potential future response to seismic events of the proposed spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is in part based on the seismic properties of the host rock, the 12.8-million-year-old Topopah Spring Tuff. Because of the processes that formed the tuff, the densely welded and crystallized part has three lithophysal and three nonlithophysal zones, and each zone has characteristic variations in lithostratigraphic features and structures of the rocks. Lithostratigraphic features include lithophysal cavities; rims on lithophysae and some fractures; spots (which are similar to rims but without an associated cavity or aperture); amounts of porosity resulting from welding, crystallization, and vapor-phase corrosion and mineralization; and fractures. Seismic properties, including shear-wave velocity (Vs), have been measured on 38 pieces of core, and there is a good "first order" correlation with the lithostratigraphic zones; for example, samples from nonlithophysal zones have larger Vs values compared to samples from lithophysal zones. Some samples have Vs values that are outside the typical range for the lithostratigraphic zone; however, these samples typically have one or more fractures, "large" lithophysal cavities, or "missing pieces" relative to the sample size. Shear-wave velocity data measured in the tunnels have similar relations to lithophysal and nonlithophysal rocks; however, tunnel-based values are typically smaller than those measured in core resulting from increased lithophysae and fracturing effects. Variations in seismic properties such as Vs data from small-scale samples (typical and "flawed" core) to larger scale transects in the tunnels provide a basis for merging our understanding of the distributions of lithostratigraphic features (and zones) with a method to scale seismic properties.

  7. LITHOSTRATIGRAPHY AND SHEAR-WAVE VELOCITY IN THE CRYSTALLIZED TOPOPAH SPRING TUFF, YUCCA MOUNTAIN, NEVADA

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    D. BUESCH; K.H. STOKOE; M. SCHUHEN

    2006-03-20

    Evaluation of the seismic response of the proposed spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, is in part based on the seismic properties of the host rock, the 12.8-million-year-old Topopah Spring Tuff. Because of the processes that formed the tuff, the densely welded and crystallized part has three lithophysal and three nonlithophysal zones, and each zone has characteristic variations in lithostratigraphic features and structures of the rocks. Lithostratigraphic features include lithophysal cavities, rims on lithophysae and some fractures, spots (which are similar to rims but without an associated cavity or aperture), amounts of porosity resulting from welding, crystallization, and vapor-phase corrosion and mineralization, and fractures. Seismic properties, including shear-wave velocity (V{sub s}), have been measured on 38 pieces of core, and there is a good ''first order'' correlation with the lithostratigraphic zones; for example, samples from nonlithophysal zones have larger V{sub s} values compared to samples from lithophysal zones. Some samples have V{sub s} values that are beyond the typical range for the lithostratigraphic zone; however, these samples typically have one or more fractures, ''large'' lithophysal cavities, or ''missing pieces'' relative to the sample size. Shear-wave velocity data measured in the tunnels have similar relations to lithophysal and nonlithophysal rocks; however, tunnel-based values are typically smaller than those measured in core resulting from increased lithophysae and fracturing effects. Variations in seismic properties such as V{sub s} data from small-scale samples (typical and ''flawed'' core) to larger scale traverses in the tunnels provide a basis for merging our understanding of the distributions of lithostratigraphic features (and zones) with a method to scale seismic properties.

  8. Shear wave velocities in the Pampean flat-slab region from Rayleigh wave tomography: Implications for slab and upper mantle hydration

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    Porter, Ryan; Gilbert, Hersh; Zandt, George; Beck, Susan; Warren, Linda; Calkins, Josh; Alvarado, Patricia; Anderson, Megan

    2012-11-01

    The Pampean flat-slab region, located in central Argentina and Chile between 29 and 34S, is considered a modern analog for Laramide flat-slab subduction within western North America. Regionally, flat-slab subduction is characterized by the Nazca slab descending to 100 km depth, flattening out for 300 km laterally before resuming a more "normal" angle of subduction. Flat-slab subduction correlates spatially with the track of the Juan Fernandez Ridge, and is associated with the inboard migration of deformation and the cessation of volcanism within the region. To better understand flat-slab subduction we combine ambient-noise tomography and earthquake-generated surface wave measurements to calculate a regional 3D shear velocity model for the region. Shear wave velocity variations largely relate to changes in lithology within the crust, with basins and bedrock exposures clearly defined as low- and high-velocity regions, respectively. We argue that subduction-related hydration plays a significant role in controlling shear wave velocities within the upper mantle. In the southern part of the study area, where normal-angle subduction is occurring, the slab is visible as a high-velocity body with a low-velocity mantle wedge above it, extending eastward from the active arc. Where flat-slab subduction is occurring, slab velocities increase to the east while velocities in the overlying lithosphere decrease, consistent with the slab dewatering and gradually hydrating the overlying mantle. The hydration of the slab may be contributing to the excess buoyancy of the subducting oceanic lithosphere, helping to drive flat-slab subduction.

  9. Effect of film elasticity on the drift velocity of capillary-gravity waves

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    Weber, Jan Erik; Saetra, yvind

    1995-02-01

    The effect of an insoluble, elastic surface film on the drift velocity of capillary-gravity waves is studied theoretically on the basis of a Lagrangian description of motion. There is no forcing from the atmosphere, and the wave amplitude is taken to attenuate in time. Defining a nondimensional parameter ?, which combines film elasticity, fluid viscosity, and wave frequency, maximum damping of the linear waves occurs when ?=1 (the Marangoni effect). In this case the frequency of capillary-gravity waves nearly coincides with that of elastic film waves. The nonlinear drift velocity is obtained for general values of ?. In particular, it is found that the absolute maximum of the transient drift current is located below the surface when ??2/3. At the surface, maximum drift velocity (in time domain) occurs for values of ? that are somewhat less than one.

  10. Anomalous translational velocity of vortex ring with finite-amplitude Kelvin waves

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    Barenghi, C. F.; Haenninen, R.; Tsubota, M.

    2006-10-15

    We consider finite-amplitude Kelvin waves on an inviscid vortex assuming that the vortex core has infinitesimal thickness. By numerically solving the governing Biot-Savart equation of motion, we study how the frequency of the Kelvin waves and the velocity of the perturbed ring depend on the Kelvin wave amplitude. In particular, we show that, if the amplitude of the Kelvin waves is sufficiently large, the perturbed vortex ring moves backwards.

  11. Compressional wave velocities of a lunar regolith sample in a simulated lunar environment

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    Johnson, D. M.; Frisillo, A. L.; Dorman, J.; Latham, G. V.; Strangway, D.

    1982-01-01

    Ultrasonic compressional wave velocities have been measured in the laboratory for an Apollo 15 soil sample (15301, 38) under very low uniaxial stress and high vacuum conditions. The velocities measured range from 125 to 522 m/sec. The velocities of the soil are stress dependent and are strongly affected by compaction history. Hertzian contact theory does not appear to fit the data adequately for the pressure range of the experiment. Moderate increases in temperature do not have a significant effect on the compressional wave velocities.

  12. Variations of seismic velocities in the Kachchh rift zone, Gujarat, India, during 2001-2013

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    Mandal, Prantik

    2016-03-01

    We herein study variations of seismic velocities in the main rupture zone (MRZ) of the Mw 7.7 2001 Bhuj earthquake for the time periods [2001-05, 2006-08, 2009-10 and 2011-13], by constructing dVp(%), dVs(%) and d(Vp/Vs)(%) tomograms using high-quality arrival times of 28,902 P- and 28,696 S-waves from 4644 precise JHD (joint hypocentral determination) relocations of local events. Differential tomograms for 2001-05 reveal a marked decrease in seismic velocities (low dVp, low dVs and high d(Vp/Vs)) in the MRZ (at 5-35 km depths) during 2001-10, which is attributed to an increase in crack/fracture density (higher pore fluid pressure) resulted from the intense fracturing that occurred during the mainshock and post-seismic periods. While we observe a slight recovery or increase in seismic velocities 2011-13, this could be related to the healing process (lower pore fluid pressure due to sealing of cracks) of the causative fault zone of the 2001 Bhuj mainshock. The temporal reduction in seismic velocities is observed to be higher at deeper levels (more fluid enrichment under near-lithostatic pressure) than that at shallower levels. Fluid source for low velocity zone (LVZ) at 0-10 km depths (with high d(Vp/Vs)) could be attributed to the presence of meteoric water or soft alluvium sediments with higher water content, while fluid source for LVZ at 10-35 km depths could be due to the presence of brine fluids (released from the metamorphic dewatering) and volatile CO2 (emanating from the crystallization of carbonatite melts in the asthenosphere), in fractures and pores. We also imaged two prominent LVZs associated with the Katrol Hill fault zone and Island Belt fault zone, extending from shallow upper-crust to sub-crustal depth, which might be facilitating the deeper circulation of metamorphic fluids/volatile CO2, thereby, the generation of lower crustal earthquakes occurring in the Kachchh rift zone.

  13. Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps from the ambient noise tomography in central Mongolia

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    Pan, J.; Wu, Q.; Gao, M.; Li, Y.; Demberel, S. G.; Munkhuu, U.

    2013-12-01

    The study area (103°E-111°E, 44°N-49°N) located in the Mongolian fold belts and situated at the southeast of Baikal rift zone which is known as one of the most active regions on the Earth due to integrated influence of the India-Asia collision and compression and the subduction of the Pacific Plate. Additionally, it also located in the north of South-North earthquake belts of China. So, it is believed to be an ideal site for understanding intraplate dynamics. Seismic ambient noise tomography has been performed all over the world these years, and it has been proved it's a powerful way to image and study the structure of crust and uppermost mantle due to its exclusive capability to extract estimated Green's functions for short period surface waves. Compared with traditional earthquake tomography methods of surface waves, ambient noise tomography hasn't limitations related to the distribution of earthquakes as well as errors in earthquake locations and source mechanisms. A new scientific project was carried out in 2011 by Institute of Geophysics of China Earthquake Administration (IGP-CEA) and Research center of Astronomy and Geophysics of Mongolian Academy of Science (RCAG-MAS). In the seismic sub-project 60 portable seismic stations were deployed in central Mongolia in August 2011. Continuous time-series of vertical component between August 2011 and July 2012 have been collected and cross-correlated to obtain estimated Green's functions (EGF) of Rayleigh wave. Using the frequency and time analysis technique based on continuous wavelet transformation, 1258 of phase velocity dispersion curves of Rayleigh wave were extracted from EGFs. High resolution phase velocity maps at periods of 5, 10, 20 and 30 s were reconstructed with grid size 0.5°x0.5° by utilizing a generalized 2-D-linear inversion method developed by Ditmar & Yanovskaya. The tomography results reveal lateral heterogeneity of shear wave structure in the crust and upper mantle in the study region. For periods shorter than 10 s, the phase velocity variations are well correlated with the principal geological units, with low-speed anomalies corresponding to the sedimentary basins and high-speed anomalies coinciding with the main mountain ranges. Within the period range from 20 s to 30 s, phase velocity distribution is correlated to the crust thickness. However, the value of phase velocities have little lateral changes with ~0.15km/s on each map for the whole period band ranging from 5 s to 30 s, indicating that it doesn't have big lateral heterogeneity for shear wave structure in the crust and upper mantle in the study region.This study was supported by the international cooperation project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2011DFB20120) and NSFC (41104029)

  14. Estimating wave orbital velocity through the azimuth cutoff from space-borne satellites

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    Stopa, Justin E.; Ardhuin, Fabrice; Chapron, Bertrand; Collard, Fabrice

    2015-11-01

    It has been long accepted that ocean wave conditions recorded from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) aboard satellites resolve large scale swells. SARs make use of its displacement to achieve fine resolution; however the random surface motions can reduce its nominal azimuthal resolution. Accordingly, the SAR spectral azimuth response mirrors the probability distribution of the radial velocity component of the scatters. This effect, quantified in a measure called the azimuth cutoff, is estimated by defining a scale based on the fitting of a Gaussian function to the radar cross section azimuth spectrum. The independent measure provides additional sea state information related to the root mean square surface orbital wave velocity. We use data recorded from the European Space Agency's ENVISAT advanced SAR in the C-band spanning its lifetime 2003-2012. Our purpose is to first establish the validity of the azimuth cutoff using both colocated buoys and modeled wave data. Some systematic biases are corrected using other SAR derived parameters, improving the accuracy of the estimate. Despite our efforts, errors exist in the presence of swell, extreme wind waves, and related to the wave direction. Under the majority of the sea states the parameter is well behaved. As a final point, applications using the wave orbital velocities are described in terms of diagnosing a spectral wave model and the wave climate. As illustrated, the returned radar signal provides useful sea state information that resolves wind speeds, wave orbital velocities from the wind waves, and swells.

  15. P-wave velocity structure offshore central Sumatra: implications for compressional and strike-slip faulting

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    Karplus, M.; Henstock, T.; McNeill, L. C.; Vermeesch, P. M. T.; Barton, P. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Sunda subduction zone features significant along-strike structural variability including changes in accretionary prism and forearc morphology. Some of these changes have been linked to changes in megathrust faulting styles, and some have been linked to other thrust and strike-slip fault systems across this obliquely convergent margin (~54-58 mm/yr convergence rate, 40-45 mm/yr subduction rate). We examine these structural changes in detail across central Sumatra, from Siberut to Nias Island, offshore Indonesia. In this area the Investigator Fracture Zone and the Wharton Fossil Ridge, features with significant topography, are being subducted, which may affect sediment thickness variation and margin morphology. We present new seismic refraction P-wave velocity models using marine seismic data collected during Sonne cruise SO198 in 2008. The experiment geometry consisted of 57 ocean bottom seismometers, 23 land seismometers, and over 10,000 air gun shots recorded along ~1750 km of profiles. About 130,000 P-wave first arrival refractions were picked, and the picks were inverted using FAST (First Arrivals Refraction Tomography) 3-D to give a velocity model, best-resolved in the top 25 km. Moho depths, crustal composition, prism geometry, slab dip, and upper and lower plate structures provide insight into the past and present tectonic processes at this plate boundary. We specifically examine the relationships between velocity structure and faulting locations/ styles. These observations have implications for strain-partitioning along the boundary. The Mentawai Fault, located west of the forearc basin in parts of Central Sumatra, has been interpreted variably as a backthrust, strike-slip, and normal fault. We integrate existing data to evaluate these hypotheses. Regional megathrust earthquake ruptures indicate plate boundary segmentation in our study area. The offshore forearc west of Siberut is almost aseismic, reflecting the locked state of the plate interface, which last ruptured in 1797. The weakly-coupled Batu segment experiences sporadic clusters of events near the forearc slope break. The Nias segment in the north ruptured in the 2005 M8.7 earthquake. We compare P-wave velocity structure to the earthquake data to examine potential links between lithospheric structure and seismogenesis.

  16. Effect of cracks on the pressure dependence of P wave velocities in crystalline rocks

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    Carlson, Richard L.; Gangi, Anthony F.

    1985-09-01

    To test the "bed of nails" model, we have made detailed measurements of P wave velocities in five low-porosity, crystalline rocks at effective pressures to 500 MPa and fit two equations based on the model to the laboratory data. The first equation, V(P) = V0(1 + P/ Pi)(1 - m)/2, applies at relatively low pressures because it assumes that the grain modulus is very much larger than the crack modulus. It can be fit to four of the five data sets. The fit to the data for a monomineralic epidote yields values for V0, Piand m of 8.02±0.02 km/s, 1.2±0.5 MPa, and 0.9845±0.0004, respectively, with a rms error of 6.28 m/s. The second equation, 1/V2 (P) = (1/Vc2 - Vg2)/(1 + P/Pi)1 - m + 1/Vg2 assigns a constant velocity to the grains and applies when the modulus of the cracks is of the order of the grain modulus at high pressures. This equation can be fit to three of the data sets; the fit to data for a diopside pyroxenite yields values of Vc, Vg, Pi, and m of 6.20±0.04 km/s, 8.28±0.02 km/s, 7±1 MPa, and 0.20±0.05, with a rms error of 17.9 m/s. For all seven fits to the laboratory data the rms errors range from 0.1 to 0.3% and are of the order of the limits of precision of the measurements. The "bed of nails" model explains the pressure dependence of P wave velocities in the samples remarkably well, as evidenced by the small rms errors. The variation with pressure of P wave velocities in these rocks clearly reflects the increasing stiffness of cracks. The fact that the first equation fits four of five data sets is one of several indications that cracks significantly affect the mechanical properties of the rocks even at 500 MPa. Finally, we note that different kinds of cracks have markedly different mechanical properties; the best fitting model parameters reflect the nature of the cracks which populate the samples.

  17. Corrosion and erosion monitoring in plates and pipes using constant group velocity Lamb wave inspection.

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    Nagy, Peter B; Simonetti, Francesco; Instanes, Geir

    2014-09-01

    Recent improvements in tomographic reconstruction techniques generated a renewed interest in short-range ultrasonic guided wave inspection for real-time monitoring of internal corrosion and erosion in pipes and other plate-like structures. Emerging evidence suggests that in most cases the fundamental asymmetric A0 mode holds a distinct advantage over the earlier market leader fundamental symmetric S0 mode. Most existing A0 mode inspections operate at relatively low inspection frequencies where the mode is highly dispersive therefore very sensitive to variations in wall thickness. This paper examines the potential advantages of increasing the inspection frequency to the so-called constant group velocity (CGV) point where the group velocity remains essentially constant over a wide range of wall thickness variation, but the phase velocity is still dispersive enough to allow accurate wall thickness assessment from phase angle measurements. This paper shows that in the CGV region the crucial issue of temperature correction becomes especially simple, which is particularly beneficial when higher-order helical modes are also exploited for tomography. One disadvantage of working at such relatively high inspection frequency is that, as the slower A0 mode becomes faster and less dispersive, the competing faster S0 mode becomes slower and more dispersive. At higher inspection frequencies these modes cannot be separated any longer based on their vibration polarization only, which is mostly tangential for the S0 mode while mostly normal for the A0 at low frequencies, as the two modes become more similar as the frequency increases. Therefore, we propose a novel method for suppressing the unwanted S0 mode based on the Poisson effect of the material by optimizing the angle of inclination of the equivalent transduction force of the Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducers (EMATs) used for generation and detection purposes. PMID:24582555

  18. Estimation of S-Wave Velocity Structure at Taichung Area, Taiwan, Using Array Records of Microtremors

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    Huang, H.; Hsu, C.

    2009-12-01

    S-wave velocities have widely been used for earthquake ground-motion site characterization. Thus, here, the S-wave velocity structures of Taichung city, Taiwan are investigated using the array records of microtremors at 21 sites. The dispersion curves at these sites are calculated using the F-K method (Capon, 1969); then, the S-wave velocity structures in Chia-Yi city are estimated by employing the surface wave inversion technique (Herrmann, 1991). At most sites, observed phase velocities are almost flat with the phase velocity of about 1000 m/sec in the frequency range from 0.5 to 2Hz. This suggests that a thickness layer with an S-wave velocity of about 1km/sec was deposited. If the S-wave velocity of bedrock is assumed to be 1500m/sec, the depth of the alluvium at the Taichung area is about 600m~1300m. The depth of the alluvium gradually increases from east to west and from north to south.

  19. Surface-wave phase-velocity models of the United States: Expanding with USArray coverage

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    Foster, A. E.; Ekstrom, G.; Nettles, M.

    2014-12-01

    We update our models of Love and Rayleigh wave phase-velocity structure using USArray data through mid 2014. We make measurements of the phase at periods from 25 to 100 s using a two-station method that assumes a great-circle arrival path for Love waves, and uses the estimated arrival angle for Rayleigh waves to correct the two-station calculation. Arrival-angle estimates are made with a mini-array method that employs a grid search to select the back-azimuth to the source that best predicts the phase observed on a local subset of stations. The two-station phase data with inter-station path lengths between 350 and 750 km are inverted to produce phase-velocity models at discrete periods. The new data set expands the modeled area, covering the entire contiguous United States. The mini-array method also produces an estimate of the local phase-velocity. We calculate this local phase-velocity for both Love and Rayleigh waves, and compare the measurements with the maps resulting from the inversion of the two-station measurements. The local phase velocities, two-station phase velocities, and two-station phase-velocity models are all examined for bias resulting from overtone interference. Based on previous work, we expect overtone interference to affect Love wave measurements but not Rayleigh wave measurements, and to affect the local measurements more than the two-station models.

  20. A Variational Property of the Velocity Distribution in a System of Material Particles

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    Siboni, S.

    2009-01-01

    A simple variational property concerning the velocity distribution of a set of point particles is illustrated. This property provides a full characterization of the velocity distribution which minimizes the kinetic energy of the system for prescribed values of linear and angular momentum. Such a characterization is applied to discuss the kinetic

  1. A Variational Property of the Velocity Distribution in a System of Material Particles

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    Siboni, S.

    2009-01-01

    A simple variational property concerning the velocity distribution of a set of point particles is illustrated. This property provides a full characterization of the velocity distribution which minimizes the kinetic energy of the system for prescribed values of linear and angular momentum. Such a characterization is applied to discuss the kinetic…

  2. Velocity Variations of Small Scale Solar Structures, and Physical Problems Related to the Overshoot Layers

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    Nesis, A.; Severino, G.

    The authors compare their results about the variation of the vertical and horizontal velocity with height in the solar photosphere with the theoretical granulation model by Nelson. The comparison shows, (1) that the mixing length derived by Nelson corresponds to the height of the overshoot layers derived by Nesis, and (2) that the large spatial structures with large horizontal velocities dominate the continuum layers.

  3. Guided wave observations and evidence for the low-velocity subducting crust beneath Hokkaido, northern Japan

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    Shiina, Takahiro; Nakajima, Junichi; Toyokuni, Genti; Matsuzawa, Toru

    2014-12-01

    At the western side of the Hidaka Mountain range in Hokkaido, we identify a clear later phase in seismograms for earthquakes occurring at the uppermost part of the Pacific slab beneath the eastern Hokkaido. The later phase is observed after P-wave arrivals and has a larger amplitude than the P wave. In this study, we investigate the origin of the later phase from seismic wave observations and two-dimensional numerical modeling of wave fields and interpret it as a guided P wave propagating in the low-velocity subducting crust of the Pacific plate. In addition, the results of our numerical modeling suggest that the low-velocity subducting crust is in contact with a low-velocity material beneath the Hidaka Mountain range. Based on our interpretation for the later phase, we estimate P-wave velocity in the subducting crust beneath the eastern part of Hokkaido by using the differences in the later phase travel times and obtain velocities of 6.8 to 7.5 km/s at depths of 50 to 80 km. The obtained P-wave velocity is lower than the expected value based on fully hydrated mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) materials, suggesting that hydrous minerals are hosted in the subducting crust and aqueous fluids may co-exist down to depths of at least 80 km.

  4. Spatial correlation of shear-wave velocity in the San Francisco Bay Area sediments

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    Thompson, E.M.; Baise, L.G.; Kayen, R.E.

    2007-01-01

    Ground motions recorded within sedimentary basins are variable over short distances. One important cause of the variability is that local soil properties are variable at all scales. Regional hazard maps developed for predicting site effects are generally derived from maps of surficial geology; however, recent studies have shown that mapped geologic units do not correlate well with the average shear-wave velocity of the upper 30 m, Vs(30). We model the horizontal variability of near-surface soil shear-wave velocity in the San Francisco Bay Area to estimate values in unsampled locations in order to account for site effects in a continuous manner. Previous geostatistical studies of soil properties have shown horizontal correlations at the scale of meters to tens of meters while the vertical correlations are on the order of centimeters. In this paper we analyze shear-wave velocity data over regional distances and find that surface shear-wave velocity is correlated at horizontal distances up to 4 km based on data from seismic cone penetration tests and the spectral analysis of surface waves. We propose a method to map site effects by using geostatistical methods based on the shear-wave velocity correlation structure within a sedimentary basin. If used in conjunction with densely spaced shear-wave velocity profiles in regions of high seismic risk, geostatistical methods can produce reliable continuous maps of site effects. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Variational Water Wave Modelling: from Continuum to Experiment

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    Bokhove, Onno; Kalogirou, Anna

    2015-04-01

    Variational methods are investigated asymptotically and numerically to model water waves in tanks with wave generators. A modified Benney-Luke model is derived using variational techniques including a time-dependent gravitional potential mimicking a removable "sluice gate". As a validation, our modelling results using (dis)continuous Galerkin finite elements will be compared to a soliton splash event resulting after a sluice gate is removed during a finite time in a long water channel with a contraction at its end. Future work will explore these methods for wave-energy devices and ships in modest to heavy seas.

  6. Observation of Wave Packet Distortion during a Negative-Group-Velocity Transmission

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    Ye, Dexin; Salamin, Yannick; Huangfu, Jiangtao; Qiao, Shan; Zheng, Guoan; Ran, Lixin

    2015-01-01

    In Physics, causality is a fundamental postulation arising from the second law of thermodynamics. It states that, the cause of an event precedes its effect. In the context of Electromagnetics, the relativistic causality limits the upper bound of the velocity of information, which is carried by electromagnetic wave packets, to the speed of light in free space (c). In anomalously dispersive media (ADM), it has been shown that, wave packets appear to propagate with a superluminal or even negative group velocity. However, Sommerfeld and Brillouin pointed out that the “front” of such wave packets, known as the initial point of the Sommerfeld precursor, always travels at c. In this work, we investigate the negative-group-velocity transmission of half-sine wave packets. We experimentally observe the wave front and the distortion of modulated wave packets propagating with a negative group velocity in a passive artificial ADM in microwave regime. Different from previous literature on the propagation of superluminal Gaussian packets, strongly distorted sinusoidal packets with non-superluminal wave fronts were observed. This result agrees with Brillouin's assertion, i.e., the severe distortion of seemingly superluminal wave packets makes the definition of group velocity physically meaningless in the anomalously dispersive region. PMID:25631746

  7. Characterization of guided wave velocity and attenuation in anisotropic materials from wavefield measurements

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    Williams, Westin B.; Michaels, Thomas E.; Michaels, Jennifer E.

    2016-02-01

    The behavior of guided waves propagating in anisotropic composite panels can be substantially more complicated than for isotropic, metallic plates. The angular dependency of wave propagation characteristics need to be understood and quantified before applying methods for damage detection and characterization. This study experimentally investigates the anisotropy of wave speed and attenuation for the fundamental A0-like guided wave mode propagating in a solid laminate composite panel. A piezoelectric transducer is the wave source and a laser Doppler vibrometer is used to measure the outward propagating waves along radial lines originating at the source transducer. Group velocity, phase velocity and attenuation are characterized as a function of angle for a single center frequency. The methods shown in this paper serve as a framework for future adaptation to damage imaging methods using guided waves for structural health monitoring.

  8. Downdip velocity changes in subducted oceanic crust beneath Northern Japaninsights from guided waves

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    Garth, Tom; Rietbrock, Andreas

    2014-09-01

    Dispersed P-wave arrivals observed in the subduction zone forearc of Northern Japan suggest that low velocity subducted oceanic crustal waveguide persists to depths of at least 220 km. First arrivals from events at 150-220 km depth show that the velocity contrast of the waveguide reduces with depth. High frequency energy (>2 Hz) is retained and delayed by the low velocity crustal waveguide while the lower frequency energy (<0.5 Hz) travels at faster velocities of the surrounding mantle material. The guided wave energy then decouples from the low velocity crustal waveguide due to the bend of the slab and is seen at the surface 1-2 s after the low frequency arrival. Dispersive P-wave arrivals from WBZ earthquakes at 150-220 km depth are directly compared to synthetic waveforms produced by 2-D and 3-D full waveform finite difference simulations. By comparing both the spectrogram and the velocity spectra of the observed and synthetic waveforms we are able to fully constrain the dispersive waveform, and so directly compare the observed and synthetic waveforms. Using this full waveform modelling approach we are able to tightly constrain the velocity structures that cause the observed guided wave dispersion. Resolution tests using 2-D elastic waveform simulations show that the dispersion can be accounted for by a 6-8 km thick low velocity oceanic crust, with a velocity contrast that varies with depth. The velocities inferred for this variable low velocity oceanic crust can be explained by lawsonite bearing assemblages, and suggest that low velocity minerals may persist to greater depth than previously thought. 2-D simulations are benchmarked to 3-D full waveform simulations and show that the structures inferred by the 2-D approximation produce similar dispersion in 3-D. 2-D viscoelastic simulations show that including elevated attenuation in the mantle wedge can improve the fit of the dispersed waveform. Elevated attenuation in the low velocity layers can however be ruled out.

  9. Pulse evolution and plasma-wave phase velocity in channel-guided laser-plasma accelerators.

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    Benedetti, C; Rossi, F; Schroeder, C B; Esarey, E; Leemans, W P

    2015-08-01

    The self-consistent laser evolution of an intense, short-pulse laser exciting a plasma wave and propagating in a preformed plasma channel is investigated, including the effects of pulse steepening and energy depletion. In the weakly relativistic laser intensity regime, analytical expressions for the laser energy depletion, pulse self-steepening rate, laser intensity centroid velocity, and phase velocity of the plasma wave are derived and validated numerically. PMID:26382537

  10. Variational principle for nonlinear wave propagation in dissipative systems

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    Dierckx, Hans; Verschelde, Henri

    2016-02-01

    The dynamics of many natural systems is dominated by nonlinear waves propagating through the medium. We show that in any extended system that supports nonlinear wave fronts with positive surface tension, the asymptotic wave-front dynamics can be formulated as a gradient system, even when the underlying evolution equations for the field variables cannot be written as a gradient system. The variational potential is simply given by a linear combination of the occupied volume and surface area of the wave front and changes monotonically over time.

  11. Solitary Waves of the MRLW Equation by Variational Iteration Method

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    Hassan, Saleh M.; Alamery, D. G.

    2009-09-09

    In a recent publication, Soliman solved numerically the modified regularized long wave (MRLW) equation by using the variational iteration method (VIM). In this paper, corrected numerical results have been computed, plotted, tabulated, and compared with not only the exact analytical solutions but also the Adomian decomposition method results. Solitary wave solutions of the MRLW equation are exactly obtained as a convergent series with easily computable components. Propagation of single solitary wave, interaction of two and three waves, and also birth of solitons have been discussed. Three invariants of motion have been evaluated to determine the conservation properties of the problem.

  12. The uppermost mantle shear wave velocity structure of eastern Africa from Rayleigh wave tomography: constraints on rift evolution

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    O'Donnell, J. P.; Adams, A.; Nyblade, A. A.; Mulibo, G. D.; Tugume, F.

    2013-08-01

    An expanded model of the 3-D shear wave velocity structure of the uppermost mantle beneath eastern Africa has been developed using earthquakes recorded by the AfricaArray East African Seismic Experiment in conjunction with data from permanent stations and previously deployed temporary stations. The combined data set comprises 331 earthquakes recorded on a total of 95 seismic stations spanning Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. In this study, data from 149 earthquakes were used to determine fundamental-mode Rayleigh wave phase velocities at periods ranging from 20 to 182 s using the two-plane wave method, and then combined with the similarly processed published measurements and inverted for a 3-D shear wave velocity model of the uppermost mantle. New features in the model include (1) a low-velocity region in western Zambia, (2) a high-velocity region in eastern Zambia, (3) a low-velocity region in eastern Tanzania and (4) low-velocity regions beneath the Lake Malawi rift. When considered in conjunction with mapped seismicity, these results support a secondary western rift branch striking southwestwards from Lake Tanganyika, likely exploiting the relatively weak lithosphere of the southern Kibaran Belt between the Bangweulu Block and the Congo Craton. We estimate a lithospheric thickness of 150-200 km for the substantial fast shear wave anomaly imaged in eastern Zambia, which may be a southward subsurface extension of the Bangweulu Block. The low-velocity region in eastern Tanzania suggests that the eastern rift branch trends southeastwards offshore eastern Tanzania coincident with the purported location of the northern margin of the proposed Ruvuma microplate. Pronounced velocity lows along the Lake Malawi rift are found beneath the northern and southern ends of the lake, but not beneath the central portion of the lake.

  13. Assessment of Model Based (Input) Impedance, Pulse Wave Velocity, and Wave Reflection in the Asklepios Cohort

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    Parragh, Stephanie; Mayer, Christopher; Weber, Thomas; Van Bortel, Luc; De Buyzere, Marc; Segers, Patrick; Rietzschel, Ernst

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Arterial stiffness and wave reflection parameters assessed from both invasive and non-invasive pressure and flow readings are used as surrogates for ventricular and vascular load. They have been reported to predict adverse cardiovascular events, but clinical assessment is laborious and may limit widespread use. This study aims to investigate measures of arterial stiffness and central hemodynamics provided by arterial tonometry alone and in combination with aortic root flows derived by echocardiography against surrogates derived by a mathematical pressure and flow model in a healthy middle-aged cohort. Methods Measurements of carotid artery tonometry and echocardiography were performed on 2226 ASKLEPIOS study participants and parameters of systemic hemodynamics, arterial stiffness and wave reflection based on pressure and flow were measured. In a second step, the analysis was repeated but echocardiography derived flows were substituted by flows provided by a novel mathematical model. This was followed by a quantitative method comparison. Results All investigated parameters showed a significant association between the methods. Overall agreement was acceptable for all parameters (mean differences: -0.0102 (0.033 SD) mmHg*s/ml for characteristic impedance, 0.36 (4.21 SD) mmHg for forward pressure amplitude, 2.26 (3.51 SD) mmHg for backward pressure amplitude and 0.717 (1.25 SD) m/s for pulse wave velocity). Conclusion The results indicate that the use of model-based surrogates in a healthy middle aged cohort is feasible and deserves further attention. PMID:26513463

  14. Distribution of Longitudinal Wave Velocities in Bovine Cortical Bone in vitro

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    Yamato, Yu; Kataoka, Hideo; Matsukawa, Mami; Yamazaki, Kaoru; Otani, Takahiko; Nagano, Akira

    2005-06-01

    The distribution of longitudinal wave velocities and longitudinal moduli in a bovine femoral cortical bone was experimentally investigated. In all parts of the long cylindrical bone, the velocities and longitudinal moduli in the axial direction were the highest. In the anterior (A) part, the velocities in the axial direction were high and almost constant, whereas the velocities in the proximal postero medial (PM) and distal postero lateral (PL) parts markedly decreased. Classifying the cortical bone into three structures (plexiform, Haversian, and porotic), we clarify the velocity distributions in the bone with discussion from an anatomical point of view.

  15. The microscopic state of the solar wind: Links between composition, velocity distributions, waves and turbulence

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    Marsch, E.

    1995-01-01

    An overview is given of the microscopic state of the solar wind with emphasis on recent Ulysses high-latitude observations and previous Helios in-ecliptic observations. The possible links between composition, ionization state. velocity distribution functions of electrons, protons and heavy ions. kinetic plasma waves and MHD-scale turbulence are elaborated. Emphasis is placed on a connection of interplanetary kinetic-scale phenomena with their generating microscopic processes in the corona. The fast streams seem to consist of mesoscale pressure-balanced plasma filaments and magnetic flux tubes, reminiscent of the supergranular-size structures building the open corona, from which copious Alfven waves emanate. The wind from the magnetically structured and active corona shows developed compressive turbulence and considerable abundance and ionization state variations. Some modelling attempts to explain the observed element fractionation are briefly reviewed. The causes of the nonthermal particle features. such as proton-ion differential streaming, ion beams. temperature anisotropies, and skewed distributions associated with collisionless heat conduction, are ultimately to be searched in the fact, that the corona is never quiescent but fundamentally variable in space and time. Consequently, the radial evolution of the internal state of the wind resembles at all latitudes a complicated relaxation process, in the course of which the free (in comparison with LTE conditions) particle kinetic energy is converted into plasma waves and MHD turbulence on a wide range of scales. This leads to intermittent wave-particle interactions and unsteady anomalous transport, mixed with the weak effects of the rare Coulomb collisions. Spherical expansion and large-scale inhomogeneity forces the wind to attain microscopically a complex internal state of dynamic statistical equilibrium.

  16. Temporal changes of surface wave velocity associated with major Sumatra earthquakes from ambient noise correlation

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    Xu, Zhen J.; Song, Xiaodong

    2009-01-01

    Detecting temporal changes of the medium associated with major earthquakes has implications for understanding earthquake genesis. Here we report temporal changes of surface wave velocity over a large area associated with 3 major Sumatra earthquakes in 2004, 2005, and 2007. We use ambient noise correlation to retrieve empirical Green's function (EGF) of surface waves between stations. Because the process is completely repeatable, the technique is powerful in detecting possible temporal change of medium. We find that 1 excellent station pair (PSI in Indonesia and CHTO in Thailand) shows significant time shifts (up to 1.44 s) after the 2004 and 2005 events in the Rayleigh waves at 10–20 s but not in the Love waves, suggesting that the Rayleigh time shifts are not from clock error. The time shifts are frequency dependent with the largest shifts at the period band of 11–16 s. We also observe an unusual excursion ∼1 month before the 2004 event. We obtain a total of 17 pairs for June, 2007 to June, 2008, which allow us to examine the temporal and spatial variation of the time shifts. We observed strong anomalies (up to 0.68 s) near the epicenter after the 2007 event, but not in the region further away from the source or before the event or 3 months after the event. The observations are interpreted as stress changes and subsequent relaxation in upper-mid crust in the immediate vicinity of the rupture and the broad area near the fault zone. PMID:19667205

  17. Temporal changes of surface wave velocity associated with major Sumatra earthquakes from ambient noise correlation.

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    Xu, Zhen J; Song, Xiaodong

    2009-08-25

    Detecting temporal changes of the medium associated with major earthquakes has implications for understanding earthquake genesis. Here we report temporal changes of surface wave velocity over a large area associated with 3 major Sumatra earthquakes in 2004, 2005, and 2007. We use ambient noise correlation to retrieve empirical Green's function (EGF) of surface waves between stations. Because the process is completely repeatable, the technique is powerful in detecting possible temporal change of medium. We find that 1 excellent station pair (PSI in Indonesia and CHTO in Thailand) shows significant time shifts (up to 1.44 s) after the 2004 and 2005 events in the Rayleigh waves at 10-20 s but not in the Love waves, suggesting that the Rayleigh time shifts are not from clock error. The time shifts are frequency dependent with the largest shifts at the period band of 11-16 s. We also observe an unusual excursion approximately 1 month before the 2004 event. We obtain a total of 17 pairs for June, 2007 to June, 2008, which allow us to examine the temporal and spatial variation of the time shifts. We observed strong anomalies (up to 0.68 s) near the epicenter after the 2007 event, but not in the region further away from the source or before the event or 3 months after the event. The observations are interpreted as stress changes and subsequent relaxation in upper-mid crust in the immediate vicinity of the rupture and the broad area near the fault zone. PMID:19667205

  18. Phase and group velocities for Lamb waves in DOP-26 iridium alloy sheet

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    Simpson, W.A.; McGuire, D.J.

    1994-07-01

    The relatively coarse grain structure of iridium weldments limits the ultrasonic inspection of these structures to frequencies in the low megahertz range. As the material thickness is nominally 0.635 mm for clad vent set capsules, the low frequencies involved necessarily entail the generation of Lamb waves m the specimen. These waves are, of course, dispersive and detailed knowledge of both the phase and group velocities is required in order to determine accurately the location of flaws detected using Lamb waves. Purpose of this study is to elucidate the behavior of Lamb waves propagating in the capsule alloy and to quantify the velocities so that accurate flaw location is ensured. We describe a numerical technique for computing the phase velocities of Lamb waves (or of any other type of guided wave) and derive the group velocities from this information. A frequency-domain method is described for measuring group velocity when multiple Lamb modes are present and mutually interfering in the time domain, and experimental confirmation of the group velocity is presented for the capsule material.

  19. Imaging subtle microstructural variations in ceramics with precision ultrasonic velocity and attenuation measurements

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    Generazio, Edward R.; Roth, Don J.; Baaklini, George Y.

    1987-01-01

    Acoustic images of a silicon carbide ceramic disk were obtained using a precision scanning contact pulse echo technique. Phase and cross-correlation velocity, and attenuation maps were used to form color images of microstructural variations. These acoustic images reveal microstructural variations not observable with X-ray radiography.

  20. Surface waves in an incompressible fluid - Resonant instability due to velocity shear

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    Hollweg, J.V.; Yang, G.; Cadez, V.M.; Gakovic, B. Institut za Fiziku, Belgrade Sarajevo Univerzitet )

    1990-01-01

    The effects of velocity shear on the resonance absorption of incompressible MHD surface waves are studied. It is found that there are generally values of the velocity shear for which the surface wave decay rate becomes zero. In some cases, the resonance absorption goes to zero even for very small velocity shears. It is also found that the resonance absorption can be strongly enhanced at other values of the velocity shear, so the presence of flows may be generally important for determining the effects of resonance absorption, such as might occur in the interaction of p-modes with sunspots. Resonances leading to instability of the global surface mode can exist, and instability can occur for velocity shears significantly below the Kelvin-Helmholtz threshold. These instabilities may play a role in the development or turbulence in regions of strong velocity shear in the solar wind or the earth's magnetosphere. 27 refs.

  1. Surface waves in an incompressible fluid - Resonant instability due to velocity shear

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    Hollweg, Joseph V.; Yang, G.; Cadez, V. M.; Gakovic, B.

    1990-01-01

    The effects of velocity shear on the resonance absorption of incompressible MHD surface waves are studied. It is found that there are generally values of the velocity shear for which the surface wave decay rate becomes zero. In some cases, the resonance absorption goes to zero even for very small velocity shears. It is also found that the resonance absorption can be strongly enhanced at other values of the velocity shear, so the presence of flows may be generally important for determining the effects of resonance absorption, such as might occur in the interaction of p-modes with sunspots. Resonances leading to instability of the global surface mode can exist, and instability can occur for velocity shears significantly below the Kelvin-Helmholtz threshold. These instabilities may play a role in the development or turbulence in regions of strong velocity shear in the solar wind or the earth's magnetosphere.

  2. Coupling between P- and S-wave velocities in earthquake location and seismic tomography

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    Husen, Stephan; van Stiphout, Thomas; Kissling, Eduard

    2010-05-01

    The use of S-wave arrivals does not only provide important constraints on hypocenter locations but also on composition and physical parameters of the crust. For example, the P- to S-wave velocity ratio (Vp/Vs ratio) is proportional to the Poisson's ratio, and as such it provides important constraints on composition and mechanical properties of the rock volume under study. Because S-wave arrivals are secondary arrivals, their arrival times are more difficult to pick than P-wave arrivals, which often yields S-wave data sets of lower quality and quantity. As a consequence, hypocenter locations or tomographic images can usually not be determined by using S-wave arrivals alone. In order to overcome this limitation, P- and S-wave arrivals can be used jointly and or interdependently in earthquake location and in seismic tomography. For example, P- and S-wave arrivals are often inverted simultaneously for P-velocities and P-to-S-wave velocity ratios. This approach, however, may lead to biased P-to-S-wave velocity ratios due to the lower number of S-wave arrivals, compared to the number of P-wave arrivals. In this study we investigate the coupling between P- and S-wave velocities in earthquake location and seismic tomography by using local earthquake data from Alaska. Our data set encompasses 4811 well-locatable earthquakes with a least eight P- and eight S-wave observations. The large number of P- and S-wave arrivals per earthquake allow us to invert each data set separately as well as simultaneously for P- and S-wave velocities. For each inversion we compute the corresponding Vp/Vs ratios from the derived P- and S-wave velocity models. Our results indicate a significantly larger variability in depth for Vp/Vs ratios computed from separate both well-constrained inversions for P- and S-wave velocities. Moreover, we observe systematically different Vp/Vs ratios in the lower crust and in the underlying mantle wedge whether P- and S-wave arrivals are inverted simultanously or separately. Although the inverse problem for the combined inversion is even better constrained due to common hypocenter parameters, Vp/Vs ratios derived from separate inversions for P- and S-wave velocities are more consistent with physical and petrographic models for the Alaska subduction zone. We therefore think that Vp/Vs ratios derived from combined inversions for P- and S-wave velocities are less realistic and may show a systematic bias. As a consequence, hypocenter locations computed by inverting jointly P- and S-wave arrivals may also show a systematic bias, particular in focal depth.

  3. Electromagnetic plane waves with negative phase velocity in charged black strings

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    Sharif, M. Manzoor, R.

    2013-02-15

    We investigate the propagation regions of electromagnetic plane waves with negative phase velocity in the ergosphere of static charged black strings. For such a propagation, some conditions for negative phase velocity are established that depend on the metric components and the choice of the octant. We conclude that these conditions remain unaffected by the negative values of the cosmological constant.

  4. Analysis of group-velocity dispersion of high-frequency Rayleigh waves for near-surface applications

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    Luo, Y.; Xia, J.; Xu, Y.; Zeng, C.

    2011-01-01

    The Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) method is an efficient tool to obtain the vertical shear (S)-wave velocity profile using the dispersive characteristic of Rayleigh waves. Most MASW researchers mainly apply Rayleigh-wave phase-velocity dispersion for S-wave velocity estimation with a few exceptions applying Rayleigh-wave group-velocity dispersion. Herein, we first compare sensitivities of fundamental surface-wave phase velocities with group velocities with three four-layer models including a low-velocity layer or a high-velocity layer. Then synthetic data are simulated by a finite difference method. Images of group-velocity dispersive energy of the synthetic data are generated using the Multiple Filter Analysis (MFA) method. Finally we invert a high-frequency surface-wave group-velocity dispersion curve of a real-world example. Results demonstrate that (1) the sensitivities of group velocities are higher than those of phase velocities and usable frequency ranges are wider than that of phase velocities, which is very helpful in improving inversion stability because for a stable inversion system, small changes in phase velocities do not result in a large fluctuation in inverted S-wave velocities; (2) group-velocity dispersive energy can be measured using single-trace data if Rayleigh-wave fundamental-mode energy is dominant, which suggests that the number of shots required in data acquisition can be dramatically reduced and the horizontal resolution can be greatly improved using analysis of group-velocity dispersion; and (3) the suspension logging results of the real-world example demonstrate that inversion of group velocities generated by the MFA method can successfully estimate near-surface S-wave velocities. ?? 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  5. Shear wave velocity, seismic attenuation, and thermal structure of the continental upper mantle

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    Artemieva, I.M.; Billien, M.; Leveque, J.-J.; Mooney, W.D.

    2004-01-01

    Seismic velocity and attenuation anomalies in the mantle are commonly interpreted in terms of temperature variations on the basis of laboratory studies of elastic and anelastic properties of rocks. In order to evaluate the relative contributions of thermal and non-thermal effects on anomalies of attenuation of seismic shear waves, QS-1, and seismic velocity, VS, we compare global maps of the thermal structure of the continental upper mantle with global QS-1 and Vs maps as determined from Rayleigh waves at periods between 40 and 150 S. We limit the comparison to three continental mantle depths (50, 100 and 150 km), where model resolution is relatively high. The available data set does not indicate that, at a global scale, seismic anomalies in the upper mantle are controlled solely by temperature variations. Continental maps have correlation coefficients of <0.56 between VS and T and of <0.47 between QS and T at any depth. Such low correlation coefficients can partially be attributed to modelling arrefacts; however, they also suggest that not all of the VS and QS anomalies in the continental upper mantle can be explained by T variations. Global maps show that, by the sign of the anomaly, VS and QS usually inversely correlate with lithospheric temperatures: most cratonic regions show high VS and QS and low T, while most active regions have seismic and thermal anomalies of the opposite sign. The strongest inverse correlation is found at a depth of 100 km, where the attenuation model is best resolved. Significantly, at this depth, the contours of near-zero QS anomalies approximately correspond to the 1000 ??C isotherm, in agreement with laboratory measurements that show a pronounced increase in seismic attenuation in upper mantle rocks at 1000-1100 ??C. East-west profiles of VS, QS and T where continental data coverage is best (50??N latitude for North America and 60??N latitude for Eurasia) further demonstrate that temperature plays a dominant, but non-unique, role in determining the value of lithospheric VS and QS. At 100 km depth, where the resolution of seismic models is the highest, we compare observed seismic VS and QS with theoretical VST and QST values, respectively, that are calculated solely from temperature anomalies and constrained by experimental data on temperature dependencies of velocity and attenuation. This comparison shows that temperature variations alone are sufficient to explain seismic VS and QS in ca 50 per cent of continental regions. We hypothesize that compositional anomalies resulting from Fe depletion can explain the misfit between seismic and theoretical VS in cratonic lithosphere. In regions of active tectonics, temperature effects alone cannot explain seismic VS and QS in the lithosphere. It is likely that partial melts and/or fluids may affect seismic parameters in these regions. This study demonstrates that lithospheric temperature plays the dominant role in controlling VS and QS anomalies, but other physical parameters, such as compositional variations, fluids, partial melting and scattering, may also play a significant role in determining VS and QS variations in the continental mantle. ?? 2004 RAS.

  6. Savani: A variable resolution whole-mantle model of anisotropic shear velocity variations based on multiple data sets

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    Auer, L.; Boschi, L.; Becker, T. W.; Nissen-Meyer, T.; Giardini, D.

    2014-04-01

    We present a tomographic model of radially anisotropic shear velocity variations in the Earth's mantle based on a new compilation of previously published data sets and a variable block parameterization, adapted to local raypath density. We employ ray-theoretical sensitivity functions to relate surface wave and body wave data with radially anisotropic velocity perturbations. Our database includes surface wave phase delays from fundamental modes up to the sixth overtone, measured at periods between 25 and 350 s, as well as cross-correlation traveltimes of major body wave phases. Before inversion, we apply crustal corrections using the crustal model CRUST2.0, and we account for azimuthal anisotropy in the upper mantle using ray-theoretical corrections based on a global model of azimuthal anisotropy. While being well correlated with earlier models at long spatial wavelength, our preferred solution, savani, additionally delineates a number of previously unidentified structures due to its improved resolution in areas of dense coverage. This is because the density of the inverse grid ranges between 1.25° in well-sampled and 5° in poorly sampled regions, allowing us to resolve regional structure better than it is typically the case in global S wave tomography. Our model highlights (i) a distinct ocean-continent anisotropic signature in the uppermost mantle, (ii) an oceanic peak in above average ξ<1 which is shallower than in previous models and thus in better agreement with estimates of lithosphere thickness, and (iii) a long-wavelength pattern of ξ<1 associated with the large low-shear velocity provinces in the lowermost mantle.

  7. Longitudinal Variation and Waves in Jupiter's South Equatorial Wind Jet

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    Simon-Miller, A. A.; Rogers, John H.; Gierasch, Peter J.; Choi, David; Allison, Michael; Adamoli, Gianluigi; Mettig, Hans-Joerg

    2012-01-01

    We have conducted a detailed study of the cloud features in the strong southern equatorial wind jet near 7.5 S planetographic latitude. To understand the apparent variations in average zonal wind jet velocity at this latitude [e.g.. 1,2,3], we have searched for variations iIi both feature latitude and velocity with longitude and time. In particular, we focused on the repetitive chevron-shaped dark spots visible on most dates and the more transient large anticyclonic system known as the South Equatorial Disturbance (SED). These small dark spots are interpreted as cloud holes, and are often used as material tracers of the wind field.

  8. A broadband spectroscopy method for ultrasonic wave velocity measurement under high pressure.

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    Wang, Zhigang; Liu, Yonggang; Song, Wei; Bi, Yan; Xie, Hongsen

    2011-01-01

    A broadband spectroscopy method is proposed to measure the ultrasonic wave phase velocity of Z-cut quartz under high pressure up to 4.7 GPa. The sample is in a hydrostatic circumstance under high pressure, and we can get longitudinal wave and shear wave signals simultaneously in our work. By fast Fourier transform of received signals, the spectrum and phase of the received signals could be obtained. After unwrapping the phase of the received signals, the travel time of ultrasonic wave in the sample could be obtained, and the ultrasonic wave phase velocity could also be resolved after data processing. The elastic constant of measurement under high pressure is also compared with previous studies. This broadband spectroscopy method is a valid method to get ultrasonic wave travel parameters, and it could be applied for elasticity study of materials under high pressure. PMID:21280847

  9. Shear wave velocity estimation of cover sediments by seismic array measurements (central Belgium)

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    Van Noten, Koen; Lecocq, Thomas; Camelbeeck, Thierry; Van Camp, Michel

    2015-04-01

    Since 1938, the Royal Observatory of Belgium has first held community inquiries and then online 'Did You Feel It' inquiries to gain information on the distribution of felt events in Belgium. For small magnitude events, mostly a circular macroseismic distribution pattern related to the energy decay by increasing hypocentral distance has been reported. However, few moderate-magnitude earthquakes (ML > 4) have caused an elliptical distribution pattern with higher macroseismic intensities in a consistent E-W direction and stronger intensity decay in a N-S direction. The macroseismic map of the 2011 ML 4.3 earthquake at Goch (Lower Rhine Embayment, Dutch-German border) also showed this E-W oriented distribution. Remarkably, in contrast to the NE of Belgium where this event was barely felt at close epicentral distances, many macroseismic reports were submitted in central Belgium at larger epicentral distances. This peculiar intensity distribution illustrates the important influence of the increasing thickness of the sedimentary cover above the basement rocks of the Brabant Massif from south to north. We will discuss the variation of S-wave velocity with depth of the sedimentary cover. Seismic noise array measurements were performed at different strategic sites at which the thickness of the sedimentary cover systematically increases. From south to north, the chosen sites vary from simple one-unit-over-halfspace configurations, with a clayey alluvium or sandy deposits covering the basement rocks (thickness < 20 m), to multilayer configurations (thickness up to 100 m) with a more complex sedimentary column. Wireless array measurements are performed by conducting CMG6TD Güralp seismometers in a rectangular array network. Subsequent surface wave analysis is executed in GEOPSY by conventional fk- and SPAC analysis to generate dispersion curves that are inverted in Dinver into depth profiles. Eventually, the resulting velocity profiles will help to evaluate the influence of sediments on strong ground motions experienced at the surface in Central Belgium.

  10. Geodynamical Interpretation of Crustal and Mantle Shear-Wave Velocity Structures Beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian Region

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    Ren, Yong; Stuart, Graham; Houseman, Gregory; Grecu, Bogdan; Ionescu, Constantin; Hegedüs, Endre; Radovanović, Slavica; Shen, Yang; South Carpathian Project working Group

    2013-04-01

    The Carpathian-Pannonian system of Eastern and Central Europe represents a unique opportunity to study the interaction between surface tectonic processes involving convergence and extension, and convective processes in the upper mantle. The South Carpathian Project (SCP), a major temporary deployment (2009-2011) of seismic broadband systems extending across the eastern Pannonian Basin and the South Carpathian Mountains was set up with the purpose of bringing constraints on the geodynamical processes that have shaped the region. Imaging the seismic velocity structure of the crust and the upper mantle helps us to understand the structure and geodynamical evolution of this part of central Europe. Here, we present high-resolution images of both crustal and upper mantle shear-wave velocity structures beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian region using surface waves obtained from ambient noise tomography, and finite-frequency teleseismic tomography using S-wave arrivals, from 54 stations of the South Carpathian Project (SCP, 2009-2011), 56 stations of the Carpathian Basins Project (CBP, 2005-2007) and 131 national network broadband stations. For ambient noise tomography, we computed cross-correlations of vertical component continuous ambient seismic noise recordings for all possible pairs of stations and stacked the correlated waveforms over 1-2 years for the temporary stations and up to 5 years for permanent stations to estimate Rayleigh wave empirical Green's functions. Over 5700 final Rayleigh wave Green's functions were selected for the measurement of group velocity dispersion curves between 4s and 40s using the multiple-filter analysis technique. Group velocity maps are first computed on a grid discretized with 0.2°x0.2° steps from a non-linear 2-D tomographic inversion of measured group velocity dispersion curves. We then inverted the Rayleigh wave group velocity at each location to obtain the 3-D shear-wave velocity structure of the crust and uppermost mantle beneath the Carpathian-Pannonian region. In the finite-frequency teleseismic tomography of S waves, we have selected earthquakes with magnitude greater than 5.5 in the distance range 30°-95°, which occurred between 2006 and 2011. Using multi-channel cross-correlation technique, over 29661 and 41875 relative S arrival times were measured in high and intermediate frequency bands (0.1-0.5 Hz and 0.05-0.1 Hz) respectively. The relative arrival times are inverted for S-wave velocity distribution in the upper mantle according to the 3-D finite frequency kernel formulation. Our shear-wave velocity models provide a uniquely complete and relatively high-resolution view of the crustal and upper mantle structures in the region. We will discuss the interpretations of these velocity variations for the formation and geodynamical evolution of the lithosphere and upper mantle of the Carpathian-Pannonian region.

  11. Shear wave velocities from noise correlation at local scale

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    De Nisco, G.; Nunziata, C.; Vaccari, F.; Panza, G. F.

    2008-07-08

    Cross correlations of ambient seismic noise recordings have been studied to infer shear seismic velocities with depth. Experiments have been done in the crowded and noisy historical centre of Napoli over inter-station distances from 50 m to about 400 m, whereas active seismic spreadings are prohibitive, even for just one receiver. Group velocity dispersion curves have been extracted with FTAN method from the noise cross correlations and then the non linear inversion of them has resulted in Vs profiles with depth. The information of near by stratigraphies and the range of Vs variability for samples of Neapolitan soils and rocks confirms the validity of results obtained with our expeditious procedure. Moreover, the good comparison of noise H/V frequency of the first main peak with 1D and 2D spectral amplifications encourages to continue experiments of noise cross-correlation. If confirmed in other geological settings, the proposed approach could reveal a low cost methodology to obtain reliable and detailed Vs velocity profiles.

  12. Shear wave velocities from noise correlation at local scale

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    De Nisco, G.; Nunziata, C.; Vaccari, F.; Panza, G. F.

    2008-07-01

    Cross correlations of ambient seismic noise recordings have been studied to infer shear seismic velocities with depth. Experiments have been done in the crowded and noisy historical centre of Napoli over inter-station distances from 50 m to about 400 m, whereas active seismic spreadings are prohibitive, even for just one receiver. Group velocity dispersion curves have been extracted with FTAN method from the noise cross correlations and then the non linear inversion of them has resulted in Vs profiles with depth. The information of near by stratigraphies and the range of Vs variability for samples of Neapolitan soils and rocks confirms the validity of results obtained with our expeditious procedure. Moreover, the good comparison of noise H/V frequency of the first main peak with 1D and 2D spectral amplifications encourages to continue experiments of noise cross-correlation. If confirmed in other geological settings, the proposed approach could reveal a low cost methodology to obtain reliable and detailed Vs velocity profiles.

  13. The relationship between shear wave velocity, temperature, attenuation and viscosity in the shallow part of the mantle

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    Priestley, Keith; McKenzie, Dan

    2013-11-01

    Surface wave tomography, using the fundamental Rayleigh wave velocities and those of higher modes between 1 and 4 and periods between 50 and 160 s, is used to image structures with a horizontal resolution of ˜250 km and a vertical resolution of ˜50 km to depths of ˜300 km in the mantle. A new model, PM_v2_2012, obtained from 3×106 seismograms, agrees well with earlier lower resolution models. It is combined with temperature estimates from oceanic plate models and with pressure and temperature estimates from the mineral compositions of garnet peridotite nodules to generate a number of estimates of SV(P,T) based on geophysical and petrological observations alone. These are then used to estimate the unrelaxed shear modulus and its derivatives with respect to pressure and temperature, which agree reasonably with values from laboratory experiments. At high temperatures relaxation occurs, causing the shear wave velocity to depend on frequency. This behaviour is parameterised using a viscosity to obtain a Maxwell relaxation time. The relaxation behaviour is described using a dimensionless frequency, which depends on an activation energy E and volume Va. The values of E and Va obtained from the geophysical models agree with those from laboratory experiments on high temperature creep. The resulting expressions are then used to determine the lithospheric thickness from the shear wave velocity variations. The resolution is improved by about a factor of two with respect to earlier models, and clearly resolves the thick lithosphere beneath active intracontinental belts that are now being shortened. The same expressions allow the three dimensional variations of the shear wave attenuation and viscosity to be estimated.

  14. Simultaneous structure and elastic wave velocity measurement of SiO[subscript 2] glass at high pressures and high temperatures in a Paris-Edinburgh cell

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    Kono, Yoshio; Park, Changyong; Sakamaki, Tatsuya; Kenny-Benson, Curtis; Shen, Guoyin; Wang, Yanbin

    2015-02-19

    An integration of multi-angle energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction and ultrasonic elastic wave velocity measurements in a Paris-Edinburgh cell enabled us to simultaneously investigate the structures and elastic wave velocities of amorphous materials at high pressure and high temperature conditions. We report the first simultaneous structure and elastic wave velocity measurement for SiO{sub 2} glass at pressures up to 6.8 GPa at around 500 C. The first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) in the structure factor S(Q) evidently shifted to higher Q with increasing pressure, reflecting the shrinking of intermediate-range order, while the Si-O bond distance was almost unchanged up to 6.8 GPa. In correlation with the shift of FSDP position, compressional wave velocity (Vp) and Poisson's ratio increased markedly with increasing pressure. In contrast, shear wave velocity (Vs) changed only at pressures below 4 GPa, and then remained unchanged at {approx}4.0-6.8 GPa. These observations indicate a strong correlation between the intermediate range order variations and Vp or Poisson's ratio, but a complicated behavior for Vs. The result demonstrates a new capability of simultaneous measurement of structures and elastic wave velocities at high pressure and high temperature conditions to provide direct link between microscopic structure and macroscopic elastic properties of amorphous materials.

  15. Exploitation of SAR data for measurement of ocean currents and wave velocities

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    Shuchman, R. A.; Lyzenga, D. R.; Klooster, A., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Methods of extracting information on ocean currents and wave orbital velocities from SAR data by an analysis of the Doppler frequency content of the data are discussed. The theory and data analysis methods are discussed, and results are presented for both aircraft and satellite (SEASAT) data sets. A method of measuring the phase velocity of a gravity wave field is also described. This method uses the shift in position of the wave crests on two images generated from the same data set using two separate Doppler bands. Results of the current measurements are pesented for 11 aircraft data sets and 4 SEASAT data sets.

  16. Measurements of mantle wave velocities and inversion for lateral heterogeneity and anisotropy. II - Analysis by the single-station method

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    Nakanishi, I.; Anderson, D. L.

    1984-01-01

    In the present investigation, the single-station method reported by Brune et al. (1960) is utilized for an analysis of long-period Love(G) and Rayleigh(R) waves recorded on digital seismic networks. The analysis was conducted to study the lateral heterogeneity of surface wave velocities. The data set is examined, and a description is presented of the single-station method. Attention is given to an error analysis for velocity measurements, the estimation of geographical distribution of surface wave velocities, the global distribution of surface wave velocities, and the correlation between the surface wave velocities and the heat flow on the geoid. The conducted measurements and inversions of surface wave velocities are used as a basis to derive certain conclusions. It is found that the application of the single-station method to long-period surface waves recorded on digital networks makes it possible to reach an accuracy level comparable to great circle velocity measurements.

  17. Site-effect estimations for Taipei Basin based on shallow S-wave velocity structures

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    Chen, Ying-Chi; Huang, Huey-Chu; Wu, Cheng-Feng

    2016-03-01

    Shallow S-wave velocities have been widely used for earthquake ground-motion site characterization. Thus, the S-wave velocity structures of Taipei Basin, Taiwan were investigated using array records of microtremors at 15 sites (Huang et al., 2015). In this study, seven velocity structures are added to the database describing Taipei Basin. Validity of S-wave velocity structures are first examined using the 1D Haskell method and well-logging data at the Wuku Sewage Disposal Plant (WK) borehole site. Basically, the synthetic results match well with the observed data at different depths. Based on S-wave velocity structures at 22 sites, theoretical transfer functions at five different formations of the sedimentary basin are calculated. According to these results, predominant frequencies for these formations are estimated. If the S-wave velocity of the Tertiary basement is assumed to be 1000 m/s, the predominant frequencies of the Quaternary sediments are between 0.3 Hz (WUK) and 1.4 Hz (LEL) in Taipei Basin while the depths of sediments between 0 m (i.e. at the edge of the basin) and 616 m (i.e. site WUK) gradually increase from southeast to northwest. Our results show good agreement with available geological and geophysical information.

  18. Multiparameter full waveform inversion of multicomponent ocean-bottom-cable data from the Valhall field. Part 2: imaging compressive-wave and shear-wave velocities

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    Prieux, Vincent; Brossier, Romain; Operto, Stéphane; Virieux, Jean

    2013-09-01

    Multiparameter elastic full waveform inversion (FWI) is a promising technology that allows inferences to be made on rock and fluid properties, which thus narrows the gap between seismic imaging and reservoir characterization. Here, we assess the feasibility of 2-D vertical transverse isotropic visco-elastic FWI of wide-aperture multicomponent ocean-bottom-cable data from the Valhall oil field. A key issue is to design a suitable hierarchical data-driven and model-driven FWI workflow, the aim of which is to reduce the nonlinearity of the FWI. This nonlinearity partly arises because the shear (S) wavespeed can have a limited influence on seismic data in marine environments. In a preliminary stage, visco-acoustic FWI of the hydrophone component is performed to build a compressional (P)-wave velocity model, a density model and a quality-factor model, which provide the necessary background models for the subsequent elastic inversion. During the elastic FWI, the P and S wavespeeds are jointly updated in two steps. First, the hydrophone data are inverted to mainly update the long-to-intermediate wavelengths of the S wavespeeds from the amplitude-versus-offset variations of the P-P reflections. This S-wave velocity model is used as an improved starting model for the subsequent inversion of the better-resolving data recorded by the geophones. During these two steps, the P-wave velocity model is marginally updated, which supports the relevance of the visco-acoustic FWI results. Through seismic modelling, we show that the resulting visco-elastic model allows several P-to-S converted phases recorded on the horizontal-geophone component to be matched. Several elastic quantities, such as the Poisson ratio, and the ratio and product between the P and S wavespeeds, are inferred from the P-wave and S-wave velocity models. These attributes provide hints for the interpretation of an accumulation of gas below lithological barriers.

  19. Velocity shear effect on the longitudinal wave in a strongly coupled dusty plasma

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    Garai, S.; Banerjee, D.; Janaki, M. S.; Chakrabarti, N.

    2014-02-01

    The characteristics of longitudinal dust acoustic wave (DAW) in presence of velocity shear have been investigated in a strongly coupled dusty plasma using the generalized hydrodynamic (GH) model. In the hydrodynamic regime ( ωτ m ≪1), i.e. when characteristic time τ m is slower than inverse of wave frequency, the viscosity in the GH model plays the usual role of wave damping, whereas in the kinetic regime ( ωτ m ≫1), i.e. when characteristic time τ m is larger than inverse of wave frequency, viscosity shows energy storing property in the wave. In the kinetic regime, we have studied the longitudinal mode (where ω is the frequency, k is the wave number, c d is the dust acoustic velocity and c l is the longitudinal velocity that arises due to viscosity) in presence of velocity shear. It is shown that velocity shear can destabilize this mode. Both nonmodal and modal techniques are employed to demonstrate the growth rate of the instability.

  20. Theoretical analysis of acoustic waves propagating in materials with continuous variations of near-surface elastic constants

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    Yuan, Ling; Shen, Zhonghua; Ni, Xiaowu; Lu, Jian

    2009-07-01

    The near-surface elastic properties (NSEPs) of materials take on continuous distribution after surface modification such as surface polishing. In this paper, the influence of the continuous variations of NSEPs on the ultrasonic waves propagating in finite-thick and semi-infinite-thick plates is investigated. An orthogonal polynomial extended method is presented to study the acoustic waves propagating in metals with continuous distribution of NSEPs. By this method, the near-surface layer of the materials does not need to be discrete sublayers, which can avoid the presence of pseudoacoustic waves. The velocities of different ultrasonic wave modes in finite-thick and semi-infinite-thick plates with continuous distributions of NSEPs are obtained. In addition, the influence of the near-surface layer's thickness and the distribution of the NSEPs on the relative velocity dispersion of Lamb waves and surface acoustic waves are discussed, providing further theoretical foundation for the inversion of near-surface properties.

  1. Phase reconstruction from velocity-encoded MRI measurements - A survey of sparsity-promoting variational approaches

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    Benning, Martin; Gladden, Lynn; Holland, Daniel; Schönlieb, Carola-Bibiane; Valkonen, Tuomo

    2014-01-01

    In recent years there has been significant developments in the reconstruction of magnetic resonance velocity images from sub-sampled k-space data. While showing a strong improvement in reconstruction quality compared to classical approaches, the vast number of different methods, and the challenges in setting them up, often leaves the user with the difficult task of choosing the correct approach, or more importantly, not selecting a poor approach. In this paper, we survey variational approaches for the reconstruction of phase-encoded magnetic resonance velocity images from sub-sampled k-space data. We are particularly interested in regularisers that correctly treat both smooth and geometric features of the image. These features are common to velocity imaging, where the flow field will be smooth but interfaces between the fluid and surrounding material will be sharp, but are challenging to represent sparsely. As an example we demonstrate the variational approaches on velocity imaging of water flowing through a packed bed of solid particles. We evaluate Wavelet regularisation against Total Variation and the relatively recent second order Total Generalised Variation regularisation. We combine these regularisation schemes with a contrast enhancement approach called Bregman iteration. We verify for a variety of sampling patterns that Morozov's discrepancy principle provides a good criterion for stopping the iterations. Therefore, given only the noise level, we present a robust guideline for setting up a variational reconstruction scheme for MR velocity imaging.

  2. Lagrangian temperature and vertical velocity fluctuations due to gravity waves in the lower stratosphere

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    Podglajen, Aurélien; Hertzog, Albert; Plougonven, Riwal; Legras, Bernard

    2016-04-01

    Wave-induced Lagrangian fluctuations of temperature and vertical velocity in the lower stratosphere are quantified using measurements from superpressure balloons (SPBs). Observations recorded every minute along SPB flights allow the whole gravity wave spectrum to be described and provide unprecedented information on both the intrinsic frequency spectrum and the probability distribution function of wave fluctuations. The data set has been collected during two campaigns coordinated by the French Space Agency in 2010, involving 19 balloons over Antarctica and 3 in the deep tropics. In both regions, the vertical velocity distributions depart significantly from a Gaussian behavior. Knowledge on such wave fluctuations is essential for modeling microphysical processes along Lagrangian trajectories. We propose a new simple parameterization that reproduces both the non-Gaussian distribution of vertical velocities (or heating/cooling rates) and their observed intrinsic frequency spectrum.

  3. Wave Velocities in Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon Saturated - Applications to Eor Monitoring.

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    Wang, Zhijing

    In order to effectively utilize many new seismic technologies and interpret the results, acoustic properties of both reservoir fluids and rocks must be well understood. It is the main purpose of this dissertation to investigate acoustic wave velocities in different hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon saturated rocks under various reservoir conditions. The investigation consists of six laboratory experiments, followed by a series of theoretical and application analyses. All the experiments involve acoustic velocity measurements in hydrocarbons and rocks with different hydrocarbons, using the ultrasonic pulse-transmission methods, at elevated temperatures and pressures. In the experiments, wave velocities are measured versus both temperature and pressure in 50 hydrocarbons. The relations among the acoustic velocity, temperature, pressure, API gravity, and the molecular weight of the hydrocarbons are studied, and empirical equations are established which allow one to calculate the acoustic velocities in hydrocarbons with known API gravities. Wave velocities in hydrocarbon mixtures are related to the composition and the velocities in the components. The experimental results are also analyzed in terms of various existing theories and models of the liquid state. Wave velocities are also measured in various rocks saturated with different hydrocarbons. The compressional wave velocities in rocks saturated with pure hydrocarbons increase with increasing the carbon number of the hydrocarbons. They decrease markedly in all the heavy hydrocarbon saturated rocks as temperature increases. Such velocity decreases set the petrophysical basis for in-situ seismic monitoring thermal enhanced oil recovery processes. The effects of carbon dioxide flooding and different pore fluids on wave velocities in rocks are also investigated. It is highly possible that there exist reflections of seismic waves at the light-heavy oil saturation interfaces in-situ. It is also possible to use seismic methods to monitor carbon dioxide flooding processes. Velocity dispersions are analyzed theoretically in rocks saturated with different pore fluids. The results are discussed in terms of the Biot theory and the "local flow" mechanism. Applications of the results and the applicability of using seismic methods to monitor various enhanced oil recovery and production processes are also discussed.

  4. Global Rayleigh wave phase-velocity maps from finite-frequency tomography

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    Liu, Kui; Zhou, Ying

    2016-04-01

    We report global phase-velocity maps of fundamental-mode Rayleigh waves at periods between 25 and 100 s based on finite-frequency tomography. Rayleigh wave dispersion measurements are made using a multitaper technique for both minor-arc and major-arc wave trains. The global phase-velocity maps confirm many features associated with surface tectonics including the ocean-continent dichotomy and the signature of lithospheric cooling in oceanic plates. In addition, the high-resolution phase-velocity maps reveal a major change in the distribution of small-scale anomalies in the Pacific at different wave periods. We calculate the global average of Rayleigh wave phase velocity in major tectonic regions and show that large discrepancies exist between our model and global crustal and mantle models: (1) In oceanic regions, short-period (<˜40 s) Rayleigh waves are faster than calculations based on models CRUST2.0 and S40RTS. The discrepancies could be explained by a thinner crust or faster wave speeds in the crust or upper mantle. The implementation of model CRUST1.0 significantly improves the agreement, with phase-velocity discrepancies less than 0.5 per cent on average. (2) In Archean cratons, Rayleigh wave phase velocities in our model are faster than calculations based on model S40RTS at periods longer than ˜40 s; and the global average in orogenic belts is ˜1-2 per cent slower than CRUST1.0 at periods shorter than ˜50 s.

  5. Effect of viscosity on the wave propagation: Experimental determination of compression and expansion pulse wave velocity in fluid-fill elastic tube.

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    Stojadinović, Bojana; Tenne, Tamar; Zikich, Dragoslav; Rajković, Nemanja; Milošević, Nebojša; Lazović, Biljana; Žikić, Dejan

    2015-11-26

    The velocity by which the disturbance travels through the medium is the wave velocity. Pulse wave velocity is one of the main parameters in hemodynamics. The study of wave propagation through the fluid-fill elastic tube is of great importance for the proper biophysical understanding of the nature of blood flow through of cardiovascular system. The effect of viscosity on the pulse wave velocity is generally ignored. In this paper we present the results of experimental measurements of pulse wave velocity (PWV) of compression and expansion waves in elastic tube. The solutions with different density and viscosity were used in the experiment. Biophysical model of the circulatory flow is designed to perform measurements. Experimental results show that the PWV of the expansion waves is higher than the compression waves during the same experimental conditions. It was found that the change in viscosity causes a change of PWV for both waves. We found a relationship between PWV, fluid density and viscosity. PMID:26454712

  6. Shear wave velocity structure of Reed Bank, southern continental margin of the South China Sea

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    Wei, Xiaodong; Ruan, Aiguo; Zhao, Minghui; Qiu, Xuelin; Wu, Zhenli; Niu, Xiongwei

    2015-03-01

    The shear wave velocity structure of a wide angle seismic profile (OBS973-2) across Reed Bank in the southern continental margin of the South China Sea (SCS) is simulated by 2-D ray-tracing method, based on its previous P-wave model. This profile is 369-km-long and consists of fifteen three-component ocean bottom seismometers (OBS). The main results are as follows.(1) The model consists of seven layers and the shear wave velocity increases from 0.7 km/s at the top of sediment layer to 4.0 km/s in the lower crust. (2) The Moho depth decreases from 20-22 km at the Reed Bank to 9-11 km at the deep oceanic basin with the shear wave velocity of 4.2 km/s below the Moho. (3) The Vp/Vs ratio decreases with depth through the sedimentary layers, attributed to increased compaction and consolidation of the rocks. (4) In the continental upper crust (at model distance 90-170 km), S-wave velocity (2.5-3.2 km/s) is relatively low and Vp/Vs ratio (1.75-1.82) is relatively high compared with the other parts of the crust, corresponding to the lower P-wave velocity in the previous P-wave model and normal faults revealed by MCS data, indicating that a strong regional extensional movement had occurred during the formation process of the SCS at the Reed Bank area. (5) The S-wave structures indicate that Reed Bank crust has different rock compositions from that in the east section of the northern margin, denying the presence of conjugate relationship of Reed Bank with Dongsha islands. According to P-wave models and other data, we inferred that Reed Bank and Macclesfield were separated from the same continental crust during the rifting and break-up process.

  7. Upper-mantle P- and S-wave velocities across the Northern Tornquist Zone from traveltime tomography

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    Hejrani, Babak; Balling, Niels; Jacobsen, Bo Holm; Tilmann, Frederik

    2015-10-01

    This study presents P- and S-wave velocity variations for the upper mantle in southern Scandinavia and northern Germany based on teleseismic traveltime tomography. Tectonically, this region includes the entire northern part of the prominent Tornquist Zone which follows along the transition from old Precambrian shield units to the east to younger Phanerozoic deep sedimentary basins to the southwest. We combine data from several separate temporary arrays/profiles (276 stations) deployed over a period of about 15 yr and permanent networks (31 stations) covering the areas of Denmark, northern Germany, southern Sweden and southern Norway. By performing an integrated P- and S-traveltime analysis, we obtain the first high-resolution combined 3-D VP and VS models, including variations in the VP/VS ratio, for the whole of this region of study. Relative station mean traveltime residuals vary within ±1 s for P wave and ±2 s for S wave, with early arrivals in shield areas of southern Sweden and later arrivals in the Danish and North German Basins, as well as in most of southern Norway. In good accordance with previous, mainly P-velocity models, a marked upper-mantle velocity boundary (UMVB) is accurately delineated between shield areas (with high seismic mantle velocity) and basins (with lower velocity). It continues northwards into southern Norway near the Oslo Graben area and further north across the Southern Scandes Mountains. This main boundary, extending to a depth of at least 300 km, is even more pronounced in our new S-velocity model, with velocity contrasts of up to ±2-3 per cent. It is also clearly reflected in the VP/VS ratio. Differences in this ratio of up to about ±2 per cent are observed across the boundary, with generally low values in shield areas to the east and relatively higher values in basin areas to the southwest and in most of southern Norway. Differences in the VP/VS ratio are believed to be a rather robust indicator of upper-mantle compositional differences. For the depth interval of about 100-300 km, thick, depleted, relatively cold shield lithosphere is indicated in southern Sweden, contrasting with more fertile, warm mantle asthenosphere beneath most of the basins in Denmark and northern Germany. Both compositional and temperature differences seem to play a significant role in explaining the UMVB between southern Norway and southern Sweden. In addition to the main regional upper-mantle velocity contrasts, a number of more local anomaly features are also outlined and discussed.

  8. Independent associations of circulating galectin-3 concentrations with aortic pulse wave velocity and wave reflection in a community sample.

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    Libhaber, Elena; Woodiwiss, Angela J; Raymond, Andrew; Gomes, Monica; Maseko, Muzi J; Sareli, Pinhas; Norton, Gavin R

    2015-06-01

    Although the profibrotic inflammatory substance galectin-3 predicts outcomes in the general population, the mechanisms responsible for this effect are uncertain. We aimed to determine whether circulating galectin-3 concentrations are associated with carotid femoral (aortic) pulse wave velocity and aortic reflective wave index (applanation tonometry and SphygmoCor software) in 966 randomly selected participants from a community sample. Galectin-3 concentrations were not independently associated with office (n=966) or 24-hour (n=661) systolic (P=0.88-0.92) or diastolic (P=0.65-0.94) blood pressure. In contrast, with adjustments for age, sex (in all participants), office or 24-hour mean arterial pressure (or systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure), pulse rate, body mass index, regular smoking, regular alcohol intake, total cholesterol concentrations, diabetes mellitus or an glycohemoglobin >6.1%, treatment for hypertension, and estimated glomerular filtration rate, galectin-3 was independently associated with aortic pulse wave velocity in all participants (partial r=0.15, P<0.0001) and reflective wave index in men (partial r=0.13, P<0.02). In 745 participants who had never received antihypertensive therapy, galectin-3 concentrations were similarly independently associated with pulse wave velocity in all participants (partial=0.16, P<0.0001) and reflective wave index in men (partial r=0.15, P<0.02). The blood pressure-independent relations between galectin-3 concentrations and aortic hemodynamics persisted with further adjustments for C-reactive protein concentrations (pulse wave velocity in all participants: partial r=0.14, P<0.0001; reflective wave index in men: partial r=0.12, P<0.05). In conclusion, despite a lack of independent association with brachial blood pressure, the profibrotic inflammatory substance galectin-3 may contribute toward adverse outcomes through an effect on aortic stiffness, an effect that cannot be attributed to general inflammatory changes. PMID:25824247

  9. Low-velocity fault-zone guided waves: Numerical investigations of trapping efficiency

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    Li, Y.-G.; Vidale, J.E.

    1996-01-01

    Recent observations have shown that shear waves trapped within low-velocity fault zones may be the most sensitive measure of fault-zone structure (Li et al., 1994a, 1994b). Finite-difference simulations demonstrate the effects of several types of complexity on observations of fault-zone trapped waves. Overlying sediments with a thickness more than one or two fault-zone widths and fault-zone step-overs more than one or two fault widths disrupt the wave guide. Fault kinks and changes in fault-zone width with depth leave readily observable trapped waves. We also demonstrate the effects of decreased trapped wave excitation with increasing hypocentral offset from the fault and the effects of varying the contrast between the velocity in the fault zone and surrounding hard rock. Careful field studies may provide dramatic improvements in our knowledge of fault-zone structure.

  10. Spatial variations of P wave attenuation in the mantle beneath North America

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    Hwang, Yong Keun; Ritsema, Jeroen; Goes, Saskia

    2009-06-01

    We estimate the spatial variation of the seismic parameter t* using teleseismic (epicentral distance = 30°-85°) P wave spectra of about 200 deep (focal depths > 200 km) earthquakes recorded by 378 broadband seismometers in the United States and Canada. Relative P wave spectral ratios up to 1 Hz for about 63,000 station pairs with high signal-to-noise ratio and impulsive P waveforms are inverted for t*P by least squares inversion. The continental-scale t*P pattern correlates to the age of geological terrains and the seismic, heat flow, gravity, and magnetic variations across North America. Predominantly low values of t*P are obtained in stable central North America (SNA), and high t*P values are obtained for stations in the tectonically active western part of the continent (TNA). This variation is similar to that observed previously in short-period amplitude anomalies, spectral ratio variations, and ScS reverberations. On average, we resolve a contrast in t*P between SNA and TNA of about 0.2 s. We resolve regional variations in t*P, which correlate with tectonics. Relatively low t*P is associated with currently active subduction below Alaska. Relatively high t*P is found in SNA below the Appalachians and the Gulf Coast. The consistency between t*P and tectonics suggests that the observed variations in t*P are, on the scale of around 200-500 km, predominantly due to intrinsic attenuation. The similar patterns in t*P and predicted values for a recent global attenuation model confirm this further. The compatibility with the t*P computed for attenuation estimated via a thermal interpretation of shear wave velocity anomalies illustrates that variations in seismic velocity are predominantly due to physical effects with a strong attenuation signature, most likely temperature or a combination of temperature and water content.

  11. Relationship between Elastic wave Velocity and Permeability of Rock Model with penny-shaped cracks

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    Yamabe, H.; Tsuji, T.; Matsuoka, T.

    2011-12-01

    Estimating underground fluid-flow is of great importance in petroleum engineering and carbon capture and storage (CCS). Permeability is one of the most important parameters which show how easily fluid passes through rock mass. It could be acquired just by measuring rock samples near borehole in lab-experiments. It means that permeability except near borehole should be estimated, considering other information. In this research, elastic wave velocity is focused as a tool of estimating permeability, because it is one of the most popular parameter which has underground information. The relationship between permeability and elastic wave velocities should be revealed, in order to establish a methodology to estimate rock permeability from elastic wave velocity. These two parameters are controlled by pore geometry of rock. Therefore, we focused on pore geometry as connecting bridge between the two parameters: permeability, elastic wave velocity. We modeled the considering rock as a solid mass containing a lot of same-sized penny-shaped cracks randomly. LBM (Lattice Boltzmann Method), which is one of the computational fluid dynamics methods, is adopted for calculating permeability in our study. This method has a storing point especially under complicated fluid-solid boundary condition. Elastic wave velocities are derived from effective elastic moduli (i.e., bulk modulus, stiffness). They are estimated by self-consistent approximation, which needs porosity of rock model, aspect ratio of penny-shaped cracks and volume fraction of each phase. In this research, we assume that solid phase is composed only by quartz and rock's pore space is filled with water. The simulated results demonstrate that aspect ratio of crack can be estimated by P- and S-wave velocity, and aspect ratio and P-wave velocity can determine porosity. Whereas, the relationship between porosity and permeability is dependent on aspect ratio, which means permeability can be estimated by aspect ratio and porosity. Therefore, this research reveals that permeability can be estimated by P-wave velocity and S-wave velocity if the rock is composed by same-sized penny cracks.

  12. Time-lapse Measurements of Scholte Wave Velocity Over a Compacting Oil Field

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    Wills, P. B.; Hatchell, P. J.

    2007-12-01

    Acquisition of time-lapse seismic data over producing oil and gas fields is a proven method for optimizing hydrocarbon production. Most current data have been acquired using towed-streamer seismic vessels but new systems incorporating permanent Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) systems are gaining in popularity, both as a way to achieve better repeatability and also to reduce the cost of acquiring many time-lapse repeats of the baseline survey. Over the last three years, more than seven repeat data sets have been acquired at the permanent OBC system installed (by the operator, BP) over the Valhall oil field located offshore Norway. This system contains ~2400 four-component receiver stations that are recorded using a dense areal shot grid ("carpet" shoot) that provides high fold and has delivered excellent time-lapse signals starting from the first repeat occurring just three months after the baseline. Time-lapse OBC data are conventionally used to measure amplitude and velocity changes of body wave reflections (PP and PS) but other measurements are also possible. In particular, Scholte waves are strongly visible on records acquired everywhere in the field on appropriately processed data and, given the high fold (because of the dense shots), Scholte wave velocity and anisotropy time-lapse changes obtained with both hydrophone and geophone sensors are accurately and robustly estimated. The resulting shallow velocity maps are very sensitive to the seabed strains and show large velocity changes overlying deep production. Also, reconstruction of compressional "head wave" velocity difference measurements and vertically propagating shear wave shallow time-lapse statics produce maps that resemble the Scholte wave maps, with differences that reflect the physics of the propagation modes and effective fold. A reservoir model that includes deep reservoir volume changes together with appropriate geomechanical properties in the overburden and a shallow conversion of strain to velocity is used to successfully predict the measured velocity changes. The strain/velocity conversion requires asymmetry between crack opening and closing as well as velocity hysteresis and, in fact, the measurements provide an excellent laboratory for testing fracture-model/velocity conversion on in-situ rocks. After calibration, the model together with the data can constrain both volume changes in the reservoir, for making drilling decisions as well as the overburden geomechanical rock properties model, which itself is used for well- path selection and facilities decisions. Scholte wave velocity measurements can also be made using an oil platform as a "passive" source, removing the need for a conventional source near the seafloor. Finally, these measurements might be applicable on time- lapse controlled source measurements of greater generality in a wider geophysical context wherever an accurate measurement of a time-varying surface strain is desired.

  13. Spatial variation of coda wave attenuation in northwestern Colombia

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    Vargas, Carlos A.; Ugalde, Arantza; Pujades, Llus G.; Canas, Jos A.

    2004-08-01

    One thousand seven hundred and eighty-six vertical-component, short-period observations of microearthquake codas from regional earthquakes recorded by 17 stations belonging to the National Seismological Network of Colombia were used to estimate seismic wave attenuation in Colombia. Local magnitudes range from 2.9 to 6.0 and only events occurring at hypocentral distances up to 255 km were considered for the analysis. The frequencies of interest lay between 1 and 19 Hz and the analysis was performed for each seismic station separately. Coda-wave attenuation (Q-1c) was estimated by means of a single-scattering method whereas the separation of intrinsic absorption (Q-1i) and scattering attenuation (Q-1s) from total attenuation (Q-1t) was performed using a multiple lapse time-window analysis based on the hypothesis of multiple isotropic scattering and uniform distribution of scatterers. A regionalization of the estimated Q0 (Qc at 1 Hz) values was performed and a contour map of seismic coda attenuation in Colombia is presented, where four zones with significant variations of attenuation related to different geological and tectonic characteristics can be observed. The highest attenuation is linked to the central and western regions (Q0 around 50 and 56) whereas a lower attenuation (Q0 around 69 and 67) is assigned to the northern and eastern regions. Results show that the Q-1 values are frequency dependent in the considered frequency range, and are approximated by a least-square fit to the power law Q-1(f) =Q-10(f/f0)-?. The exponents of the frequency dependence law ranged from ?= 0.65 to 1.01 for Q-1c, ?= 0.62 to 1.78 for Q-1i, ?= 0.28 to 1.49 for Q-1s, and ?= 0.53 to 1.67 for Q-1t. On the other hand, intrinsic absorption is found to dominate over scattering in the attenuation process for most of the stations and frequency bands analysed. Some discrepancies have been observed between the theoretical model and the observations for some frequency bands which indicate that it would be necessary to consider models for depth-dependent velocity structure and/or non-isotropic scattering patterns.

  14. Intracyclic Velocity Variation and Arm Coordination for Different Skilled Swimmers in the Front Crawl

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    Matsuda, Yuji; Yamada, Yosuke; Ikuta, Yasushi; Nomura, Teruo; Oda, Shingo

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine whether the intracyclic velocity variation (IVV) was lower in elite swimmers than in beginner swimmers at various velocities, and whether differences may be related to arm coordination. Seven elite and nine beginner male swimmers swam front crawl at four different swimming velocities (maximal velocity, 75%, 85%, and 95% of maximal swimming velocity). The index of arm coordination (IDC) was calculated as the lag time between the propulsive phases of each arm. IVV was determined from the coefficient of variation of horizontal velocity within one stroke cycle. IVV for elite swimmers was significantly lower (26%) than that for beginner swimmers at all swimming velocities (p<0.01, 7.28 1.25% vs. 9.80 1.70%, respectively). In contrast, the IDC was similar between elite and beginner swimmers. These data suggest that IVV is a strong predictor of the skill level for front crawl, and that elite swimmers have techniques to decrease IVV. However, the IDC does not contribute to IVV differences between elite and beginner swimmers. PMID:25713666

  15. Sound velocity variation as function of polarization state in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Ceramics

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    Essolaani, W.; Farhat, N.

    2012-02-01

    There are several ultrasonic techniques to measure the sound velocity, for example, the pulse-echo method. In such method, the size of transducer used to measure the sound velocity must be in the same order of the sample size. If not, the incompatibility of sizes becomes an error source of the sound velocity measurement. In this work, the Laser Induced Pressure Pulse (LIPP) method is used as ultrasonic method. This method has been very useful for studying the spatial distribution of charges and polarization in dielectrics. We take advantage of the fact that the method allows the sound velocity measurement, to study its variation as function of polarization state in (PZT) ceramics. In a sample with a known thickness e, the sound velocity ν is deduced from the measurement of the transit time T. The sound velocity depends on the elastic constants which in turn they depend on poling conditions. Thus, the variation of the sound velocity is related to the direction and the amplitude of the polarization.

  16. Kinetic theory for electrostatic waves due to transverse velocity shears

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    Ganguli, G.; Lee, Y. C.; Palmadesso, P. J.

    1988-01-01

    A kinetic theory in the form of an integral equation is provided to study the electrostatic oscillations in a collisionless plasma immersed in a uniform magnetic field and a nonuniform transverse electric field. In the low temperature limit the dispersion differential equation is recovered for the transverse Kelvin-Helmholtz modes for arbitrary values of K parallel, where K parallel is the component of the wave vector in the direction of the external magnetic field assumed in the z direction. For higher temperatures the ion-cyclotron-like modes described earlier in the literature by Ganguli, Lee and Plamadesso are recovered. In this article, the integral equation is reduced to a second-order differential equation and a study is made of the kinetic Kelvin-Helmholtz and ion-cyclotron-like modes that constitute the two branches of oscillation in a magnetized plasma including a transverse inhomogeneous dc electric field.

  17. Temperature variation effects on sparse representation of guided-waves for damage diagnosis in pipelines

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    Eybpoosh, Matineh; Berges, Mario; Noh, Hae Young

    2015-04-01

    Multiple ultrasonic guided-wave modes propagating along a pipe travel with different velocities which are themselves a function of frequency. Reflections from the features of the structure (e.g., boundaries, pipe welding, damage, etc.), and their complex superposition, adds to the complexity of guided-waves. Guided-wave based damage diagnosis of pipelines becomes even more challenging when environmental and operational conditions (EOCs) vary (e.g., temperature, flow rate, inner pressure, etc.). These complexities make guided-wave based damage diagnosis of operating pipelines a challenging task. This paper reviews the approaches to-date addressing these challenges, and highlights the preferred characteristics of a method that simplifies guided-wave signals for damage diagnosis purposes. A method is proposed to extract a sparse subset of guided-wave signals in time-domain, while retaining optimal damage information for detection purpose. In this paper, the general concept of this method is proved through an extensive set of experiments. Effects of temperature variation on detection performance of the proposed method, and on discriminatory power of the extracted damage-sensitive features are investigated. The potential of the proposed method for real-time damage detection is illustrated, for wide range of temperature variation scenarios (i.e., temperature difference between training and test data varying between -2°C and 13°C).

  18. Impact of desiccation on compressional and shear-wave velocities in clay-rocks: a laboratory study

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    Ghorbani, A.; Zamora, M.; Cosenza, Ph.

    2009-04-01

    The study of the impact of desiccation on the mechanical parameters of clay-rocks is of crucial importance to characterize the desaturated zone close to the walls of a deep underground repository, excavated into clay-rocks. Three core samples were taken from the Callovo-Oxfordian argillite formation located at the MHM-URL laboratory in Eastern France (40% of clay minerals in average); rich of illites/smectites. In order to desaturate the core samples, we followed two desiccation paths. In a first step (desaturation phase); each sample was dried at ambient air (relative humidity in the range 32 to 42 % and at average room temperature 20 ˚ C). In a second step (heating phase), the same samples were heated by four temperature levels from 65˚ C to 105˚ C. Velocity measurements were carried out on the core samples using an ultrasonic (1 MHz) pulse transmission technique to obtain P and perpendicularly polarized shear (Sv, Sh) wave velocities during both of desaturation and heating phases. The results show that when the degree of saturation decreased, both P and S wave velocities increased. During these desiccation paths, the initial anisotropy was not significantly enhanced. The increase in S wave velocity, by as much as 10% and the associated increase in dynamic shear modulus following desiccation, suggests the presence of desiccation-driven hardening, which is commonly observed in clay soils. The existence of a such a phenomenon proves that the classical models (e.g., the Gassmann equation) used to study the effect of saturating fluids, fail to correctly assess the influence of variations in water content on seismic velocities measured in clay-rocks. In the case of clay-rocks subjected to very low confining pressures and high desiccation conditions (high ventilation rates), new models which explicitly account for textural changes in clay will need to be developed.

  19. Short-term velocity variations at three rock glaciers and their relationship with meteorological conditions

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    Wirz, V.; Gruber, S.; Purves, R. S.; Beutel, J.; Gärtner-Roer, I.; Gubler, S.; Vieli, A.

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, strong variations in the speed of rock glaciers have been detected, raising questions about their stability under changing climatic conditions. In this study, we present continuous time series of surface velocities over 3 years of six GPS stations located on three rock glaciers in Switzerland. Intra-annual velocity variations are analysed in relation to local meteorological factors, such as precipitation, snow(melt), and air and ground surface temperatures. The main focus of this study lies on the abrupt velocity peaks, which have been detected at two steep and fast-moving rock glacier tongues ( ≥ 5 m a-1), and relationships to external meteorological forcing are statistically tested.The continuous measurements with high temporal resolution allowed us to detect short-term velocity peaks, which occur outside cold winter conditions, at these two rock glacier tongues. Our measurements further revealed that all rock glaciers experience clear intra-annual variations in movement in which the timing and the amplitude is reasonably similar in individual years. The seasonal decrease in velocity was typically smooth, starting 1-3 months after the seasonal decrease in temperatures, and was stronger in years with colder temperatures in mid winter. Seasonal acceleration was mostly abrupt and rapid compared to the winter deceleration, always starting during the zero curtain period. We found a statistically significant relationship between the occurrence of short-term velocity peaks and water input from heavy precipitation or snowmelt, while no velocity peak could be attributed solely to high temperatures. The findings of this study further suggest that, in addition to the short-term velocity peaks, the seasonal acceleration is also influenced by water infiltration, causing thermal advection and an increase in pore water pressure. In contrast, the amount of deceleration in winter seems to be mainly controlled by winter temperatures.

  20. Unraveling overtone interferences in Love-wave phase velocity measurements by radon transform

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    Luo, Yinhe; Yang, Yingjie; Zhao, Kaifeng; Xu, Yixian; Xia, Jianghai

    2015-10-01

    Surface waves contain fundamental mode and higher modes, which could interfere with each other. If different modes are not properly separated, the inverted Earth structures using surface waves could be biased. In this study, we apply linear radon transform (LRT) to synthetic seismograms and real seismograms from the USArray to demonstrate the effectiveness of LRT in separating fundamental-mode Love waves from higher modes. Analysis on synthetic seismograms shows that two-station measurements on reconstructed data obtained after mode separation can completely retrieve the fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocities. Results on USArray data show that higher mode contamination effects reach up to ˜10 per cent for two-station measurements of Love waves, while two-station measurements on mode-separated data obtained by LRT are very close to the predicted values from a global dispersion model of GDM52, demonstrating that the contamination of overtones on fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocity measurements is effectively mitigated by the LRT method and accurate fundamental-mode Love-wave phase velocities can be measured.

  1. Velocity-Space Diffusion Coefficients Due to Full-Wave ICRF Fields in Toroidal Geometry

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    Harvey, R.W.; Jaeger, F.; Berry, L.A.; Batchelor, D.B.; D'Azevedo, E.; Carter, M.D.; Ershov, N.M.; Smirnov, A.P.; Bonoli, P.; Wright, J.C.; Smithe, D.N.

    2005-09-26

    Jaeger et al. have calculated bounce-averaged QL diffusion coefficients from AORSA full-wave fields, based on non-Maxwellian distributions from CQL3D Fokker-Planck code. A zero banana-width approximation is employed. Complementing this calculation, a fully numerical calculation of ion velocity diffusion coefficients using the full-wave fields in numerical tokamak equilibria has been implemented to determine the finite orbit width effects. The un-approximated Lorentz equation of motion is integrated to obtain the change in velocity after one complete poloidal transit of the tokamak. Averaging velocity changes over initial starting gyro-phase and toroidal angle gives bounce-averaged diffusion coefficients. The coefficients from the full-wave and Lorentz orbit methods are compared for an ITER DT second harmonic tritium ICRF heating case: the diffusion coefficients are similar in magnitude but reveal substantial finite orbit effects.

  2. Detonation wave velocity and curvature of IRX-4 and PBXN-110

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    Lemar, E.R.; Forbes, J.W.; Sutherland, G.T.

    1996-05-01

    Detonation velocities and wave front curvatures were measured for bare cylindrical charges of IRX-4 and PBXN-110 charges. Steady detonation waves propagated in IRX-4 charges with diameters as small as 33 mm. The failure diameter of IRX-4 is between 25 and 33 mm. A fit of detonation velocity data gives 5.83 mm/{mu}s for IRX-4{close_quote}s infinite diameter velocity. Detonation wave curvature experiments have been done on 48 mm diameter cylindrical IRX-4 charges with lengths from 9 to 28 cm. The data have been fitted accurately over the entire charge diameters using the natural logarithm of a Bessel function. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  3. Variants of the strain-amplitude dependence of elastic wave velocities in rocks under pressure

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    Mashinskii, E. I.

    2004-12-01

    The dependence of the compressional and shear wave velocities on strain amplitude in the Madra dolomites is studied. The experiments were performed using an ultrasonic pulse transmission technique (f = 1 MHz) with a uniaxial pressure of P = 1-60 MPa. An amplitude dependence of wave velocity in the range ɛd ~ (1-3) × 10-6 under a pressure of 5-20 MPa is found. The compressional velocity depends on strain amplitude but the shear velocity does not depend on amplitude change. Determined by the first arrival time, the compressional velocity increases with amplitude. However, if the compressional velocity is determined by the measurement of peak time, the velocity decreases with amplitude. For the upward and downward pressure, the curve Vp(Pax) exhibits open hysteresis, yielding a residual component of velocity. An intersection of the branches of the hysteretic loop is observed in more porous dolomites in comparison with less porous dolomite. This intersection is manifested most in the residual components of the dynamic bulk modulus and Poisson's ratio. The dynamic parameters can be used as is supposed as additional criteria in a geological interpretation.

  4. Characterizing Rayleigh Wave Velocity and Amplitude Anisotropy in an Alpine Glacier

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    Eilar, C. A.; Mikesell, D.; Malcolm, A. E.; Bradford, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    Regular patterns of fractures in solid materials induce seismic velocity anisotropy. These fracture patterns can also create azimuthally dependent attenuation in seismic amplitudes due to a preferential scattering direction. A parallel set of surface (or bed) crevasses in a glacier is an example of one such fracture pattern. These patterns are caused by the local strains within the glacier. In this study we analyze an active source 3D seismic survey recorded at Bench Glacier, Alaska, USA. We compare the Rayleigh group wave velocity as a function of azimuth and estimate that the mean velocity is 1672 m/s and 1% velocity anisotropy exists. We present an interpretation for the observed anisotropy by comparing our results with satellite imagery of the glacier in the survey area. Finally, we present the results of ongoing analysis of the Rayleigh wave amplitudes and compare with existing studies of glacier attenuation that do not take into account scattering attenuation when estimating the ice temperature from attenuation.

  5. Simulating and understanding sand wave variation: A case study of the Golden Gate sand waves

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    Sterlini, F.; Hulscher, S.J.M.H.; Hanes, D.M.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we present a detailed comparison between measured features of the Golden Gate sand wave field and the results of a nonlinear sand wave model. Because the Golden Gate sand waves exhibit large variation in their characteristics and in their environmental physics, this area gives us the opportunity to study sand wave variation between locations, within one well-measured, large area. The nonlinear model used in this paper is presently the only tool that provides information on the nonlinear evolution of large-amplitude sand waves. The model is used to increase our understanding of the coupling between the variability in environmental conditions and the sand wave characteristics. Results show that the model is able to describe the variation in the Golden Gate sand waves well when both the local oscillating tidal current and the residual current are taken into account. Current and water depth seem to be the most important factors influencing sand wave characteristics. The simulation results give further confidence in the underlying model hypothesis and assumptions. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  6. Detailed p- and s-wave velocity models along the LARSE II transect, Southern California

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    Murphy, J.M.; Fuis, G.S.; Ryberg, T.; Lutter, W.J.; Catchings, R.D.; Goldman, M.R.

    2010-01-01

    Structural details of the crust determined from P-wave velocity models can be improved with S-wave velocity models, and S-wave velocities are needed for model-based predictions of strong ground motion in southern California. We picked P- and S-wave travel times for refracted phases from explosive-source shots of the Los Angeles Region Seismic Experiment, Phase II (LARSE II); we developed refraction velocity models from these picks using two different inversion algorithms. For each inversion technique, we calculated ratios of P- to S-wave velocities (VP/VS) where there is coincident P- and S-wave ray coverage.We compare the two VP inverse velocity models to each other and to results from forward modeling, and we compare the VS inverse models. The VS and VP/VS models differ in structural details from the VP models. In particular, dipping, tabular zones of low VS, or high VP/VS, appear to define two fault zones in the central Transverse Ranges that could be parts of a positive flower structure to the San Andreas fault. These two zones are marginally resolved, but their presence in two independent models lends them some credibility. A plot of VS versus VP differs from recently published plots that are based on direct laboratory or down-hole sonic measurements. The difference in plots is most prominent in the range of VP = 3 to 5 km=s (or VS ~ 1:25 to 2:9 km/s), where our refraction VS is lower by a few tenths of a kilometer per second from VS based on direct measurements. Our new VS - VP curve may be useful for modeling the lower limit of VS from a VP model in calculating strong motions from scenario earthquakes.

  7. Support vector machine for evaluating seismic-liquefaction potential using shear wave velocity

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    Samui, Pijush; Kim, Dookie; Sitharam, T. G.

    2011-01-01

    The use of the shear wave velocity data as a field index for evaluating the liquefaction potential of sands is receiving increased attention because both shear wave velocity and liquefaction resistance are similarly influenced by many of the same factors such as void ratio, state of stress, stress history and geologic age. In this paper, the potential of support vector machine (SVM) based classification approach has been used to assess the liquefaction potential from actual shear wave velocity data. In this approach, an approximate implementation of a structural risk minimization (SRM) induction principle is done, which aims at minimizing a bound on the generalization error of a model rather than minimizing only the mean square error over the data set. Here SVM has been used as a classification tool to predict liquefaction potential of a soil based on shear wave velocity. The dataset consists the information of soil characteristics such as effective vertical stress (σ‧v0), soil type, shear wave velocity (Vs) and earthquake parameters such as peak horizontal acceleration (amax) and earthquake magnitude (M). Out of the available 186 datasets, 130 are considered for training and remaining 56 are used for testing the model. The study indicated that SVM can successfully model the complex relationship between seismic parameters, soil parameters and the liquefaction potential. In the model based on soil characteristics, the input parameters used are σ‧v0, soil type, Vs, amax and M. In the other model based on shear wave velocity alone uses Vs, amax and M as input parameters. In this paper, it has been demonstrated that Vs alone can be used to predict the liquefaction potential of a soil using a support vector machine model.

  8. Green water velocity due to breaking wave impingement on a tension leg platform

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    Chuang, Wei-Liang; Chang, Kuang-An; Mercier, Richard

    2015-07-01

    The present study employed the image-based bubble image velocimetry (BIV) technique to investigate the flow kinematics of a plunging breaking wave impinging on a geometry-simplified, unrestrained tension leg platform (TLP). A high-speed camera was used to record images for the BIV velocity determination for both fluid and structure velocities. The plunging breaker was generated using a wave focusing method, and repeated measurements were acquired to calculate the mean flow and turbulence intensity using ensemble averaging. BIV measurements were performed on two perpendicular planes: side view and top view. The flow measurements were compared with those of a similar experiment on a fixed structure by Ryu et al. (Exp Fluids 43(4):555-567, 2007a). The maximum velocity occurred in the run-up stage with a magnitude reaching 2.8 C with C being the phase speed of the breaking wave. The dominant velocities for three distinct phases—impingement, run-up, and overtopping—are very close to those found on the fixed structure. Turbulence intensity was also examined, and the ratio among the three components was quantified. Ryu et al. (Appl Ocean Res 29(3):128-136, 2007b) reported that Ritter's dam-break flow solution agrees surprisingly well with the measured green water velocity on the fixed structure to a certain degree. The present study followed the same approach and confirmed that Ritter's solution is also in excellent agreement with the green water velocity on the unrestrained TLP model. Based on the self-similar behavior, the prediction equation proposed by Ryu et al. (2007a) was used to model the green water velocity distribution. The results show that the prediction equation is applicable to not only a fixed structure, but also the unrestrained TLP for green water velocity caused by extreme waves.

  9. Electromagnetic wave propagation with negative phase velocity in regular black holes

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    Sharif, M. Manzoor, R.

    2012-12-15

    We discuss the propagation of electromagnetic plane waves with negative phase velocity in regular black holes. For this purpose, we consider the Bardeen model as a nonlinear magnetic monopole and the Bardeen model coupled to nonlinear electrodynamics with a cosmological constant. It turns out that the region outside the event horizon of each regular black hole does not support negative phase velocity propagation, while its possibility in the region inside the event horizon is discussed.

  10. Rayleigh Wave Group Velocity Distributions for East Asia from Ambient Seismic Noise Tomography

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    Witek, M.; van der Lee, S.; Kang, T. S.; Chang, S. J.; Ning, S.; Ning, J.

    2014-12-01

    We have collected continuous vertical-component broadband data from 1109 seismic stations in regional networks across China, Korea, and Japan for the year 2011 to perform the largest surface wave tomography study in the region. Using this data set, we have measured over half a million Rayleigh wave group velocity dispersion curves from 1-year stacks of station-pair ambient seismic noise cross-correlations. Quality control is performed by measuring the coherency of the positive and negative lag time sides of the cross-correlations. If the coherency is below an empirically determined threshold, the dispersion curve is measured on the side of the highest SNR. Otherwise, the positive and negative sides of the cross-correlation are averaged before dispersion curve measurement. Group velocity measurements for which the SNR was less than 10 are discarded. The Rayleigh wave group velocity dispersion curves are regionalized on a tessellated spherical shell grid in the period range 10 to 50 s to produce maps of Rayleigh wave group velocity distributions. Preliminary maps at 10 seconds period match well with geologic features at the surface. In particular, we observe low group velocities in the Songliao, Bohai Bay, Sichuan, Ordos, Tarim, and Junggar Basins in China, and the Ulleung and Yamato Basins in the East Sea (Sea of Japan). Higher group velocities are observed in regions with less sediment cover. At periods around 30 s, we observe group velocity decreases going from east to west in China, representing an overall trend of crustal thickening due to the collision between the Indian and Eurasian plates. The Ordos and Sichuan blocks show higher group velocities relative to the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, possibly reflecting low temperatures in these cratons.

  11. Velocity-curvature relationship of colliding spherical calcium waves in rat cardiac myocytes.

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    Wussling, M H; Scheufler, K; Schmerling, S; Drygalla, V

    1997-01-01

    Colliding spherical calcium waves in enzymatically isolated rat cardiac myocytes develop new wavefronts propagating perpendicular to the original direction. When investigated by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), using the fluorescent Ca2+ indicator fluo-3 AM, "cusp"-like structures become visible that are favorably approximated by double parabolae. The time-dependent position of the vertices is used to determine propagation velocity and negative curvature of the wavefront in the region of collision. It is evident that negatively curved waves propagate faster than positively curved, single waves. Considering two perfectly equal expanding circular waves, we demonstrated that the collision of calcium waves is due to an autocatalytic process (calcium-induced calcium release), and not to a simple phenomenon of interference. Following the spatiotemporal organization in simpler chemical systems maintained under conditions far from the thermodynamic equilibrium (Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction), the dependence of the normal velocity on the curvature of the spreading wavefront is given by a linear relation. The so-called velocity-curvature relationship makes clear that the velocity is enhanced by curvature toward the direction of forward propagation and decreased by curvature away from the direction of forward propagation (with an influence of the diffusion coefficient). Experimentally obtained velocity data of both negatively and positively curved calcium waves were approximated by orthogonal weighted regression. The negative slope of the straight line resulted in an effective diffusion coefficient of 1.2 x 10(-4) mm2/s. From the so-called critical radius, which must be exceeded to initiate a traveling calcium wave, a critical volume (with enhanced [Ca2+]i) of approximately 12 microm3 was calculated. This is almost identical to the volume that is occupied by a single calcium spark. Images FIGURE 2 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 PMID:9284291

  12. Velocity variations associated with the large 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano, Java, retrieved from seismic multiplets and ambient noise cross-correlation

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    Budi-Santoso, Agus; Lesage, Philippe

    2016-04-01

    We present a study of the seismic velocity variations that occurred in the structure before the large 2010 eruption of Merapi volcano. For the first time to our knowledge, the technique of Coda Wave Interferometry is applied to both families of similar events (multiplets) and to correlation functions of seismic noise. About half of the seismic events recorded at the summit stations belong to one of the ten multiplets identified, including 120 similar events that occurred in the last 20 hours preceding the eruption onset. Daily noise cross-correlation functions (NCF) were calculated for the six pairs of short-period stations available. Using the stretching method, we estimate time series of apparent velocity variation (AVV) for each multiplet and each pair of stations. No significant velocity change is detected until September 2010. From 10 October to the beginning of the eruption on 26 October, a complex pattern of AVV is observed with amplitude of up to ±1.5%. Velocity decrease is first observed from families of deep events and then from shallow earthquakes. In the same period, AVV with different signs and chronologies are estimated from NCF calculated for various station pairs. The location in the horizontal plane of the velocity perturbations related with the AVV obtained from NCF is estimated by using an approach based on the radiative transfer approximation. Although their spatial resolution is limited, the resulting maps display velocity decrease in the upper part of the edifice in the period 12-25 October. After the eruption onset, the pattern of velocity perturbations is significantly modified with respect to the previous one. We interpret these velocity variations in the framework of a scenario of magmatic intrusion that integrates most observations. The perturbation of the stress field associated with the magma migration can induce both decrease and increase of the seismic velocity of rocks. Thus the detected apparent velocity variations can be considered as precursors of volcanic eruptions in andesitic volcanoes, without taking their sign into account.

  13. Stochastic Descriptions of Small-Scale, Near-Surface Velocity Variations in the Los Angeles Basin for Modeling Earthquake Ground Motions

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    Song, X.; Jordan, T. H.; Plesch, A.; Shaw, J. H.

    2014-12-01

    Simulations of earthquake ground motions at high frequencies (> 1 Hz) require high-resolution velocity models to quantify the effects of wave scattering, attenuation, and anisotropy. Valuable information about the statistical variations of the velocity structure in the upper few kilometers of the crust can be obtained from well logs. We apply geostatistical methods to characterize the one-point and two-point statistics of velocity variations observed at vertical scale lengths less than 200 m in an ensemble of vertical sonic logs from the central Los Angeles basin. The stochastic variability at these scales can be separated into two components, one with a correlation length of about 10-60 m and a second with a correlation length of about 1-4 m. The one-point statistics of both components are distinctly non-Gaussian, with those of the first skewed to low velocities and those of the second skewed to high velocities. Assuming that the horizontal correlation lengths are much greater than the vertical correlation lengths, we obtain a long-wavelength polarization anisotropy of around 6-8% from Backus averaging of the profiles. We also investigate the magnitude of wave scattering caused by the small-scale heterogeneity and speculate on its role in explaining the anomalous near-surface attenuation of high-frequency seismic waves.

  14. On the relationships of gas transfer velocity with turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate and wind waves

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    Zhao, D.

    2012-12-01

    The exchange of carbon dioxide across the air-sea interface is an important component of the atmospheric CO2 budget. Understanding how future changes in climate will affect oceanic uptake and releaser CO2 requires accurate estimation of air-sea CO2 flux. This flux is typically expressed as the product of gas transfer velocity, CO2 partial pressure difference in seawater and air, and the CO2 solubility. As the key parameter, gas transfer velocity has long been known to be controlled by the near-surface turbulence in water, which is affected by many factors, such as wind forcing, ocean waves, water-side convection and rainfall. Although the wind forcing is believed as the major factor dominating the near-surface turbulence, many studies have shown that the wind waves and their breaking would greatly enhance turbulence compared with the classical solid wall theory. Gas transfer velocity has been parameterized in terms of wind speed, turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate, and wave parameters on the basis of observational data or theoretical analysis. However, great discrepancies, as large as one order, exist among these formulas. In this study, we will systematically analyze the differences of gas transfer velocity proposed so far, and try to find the reason that leads to their uncertainties. Finally, a new formula for gas transfer velocity will be given in terms of wind speed and wind wave parameter.

  15. Predicting Ground Motions In Seattle Using A New Shear Wave Velocity Model

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    Delorey, A. A.; Vidale, J. E.

    2010-12-01

    Much of Seattle lies atop a deep sedimentary basin. The Seattle Basin amplifies and distorts seismic waves in ways that modulate the hazard from earthquakes. Seismic hazard assessments heavily depend upon upper crustal and near-surface S-wave velocity models. Improving the accuracy and resolution of basin S-wave models is key to improving predictions of ground shaking. Tomography, with short-period Rayleigh waves extracted using noise interferometry, can refine S-wave velocity models in urban areas with dense arrays of short period and broadband instruments. We applied this technique to develop a new S-wave velocity model encompassing the upper 3-4 km and covering Seattle and several neighboring cities. We then embed this updated model into the regional velocity model that was used in the development of the USGS seismic hazard maps for Seattle. We collected data from two local earthquakes, one crustal and one Benioff Zone event, which were recorded on many strong motion stations operated by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and the USGS Earthquake Hazards program. For the two local earthquakes, we compared amplitudes and waveforms predicted by our new velocity model to predictions made using the older velocity model at stiff soil sites. For the crustal event, the amplitudes predicted by simulations with our new model are closer to the data than those predicted by the previous model. At periods between 1.25-5 seconds our new model makes considerably better predictions, while at periods between 1-1.25 seconds our new model makes better predictions, but the difference is smaller. For the Benioff zone event, the two models’ predictions are both good, but also favor our model. At periods between 1.6-3.3, the previous model makes better predictions while our model makes better predictions at periods between 1-1.6 and 3.3-5 seconds. Our simulations confirm that amplitudes are determined by a complex set of variables including basin velocity structure, wave-guides, and soil type. We are working to improve predicted amplifications to improve seismic hazard assessments. Many new strong motion instruments have been installed within the last year, including Netquakes seismographs operated by the USGS, providing us with a valuable data set for improving our predictions. Shear wave velocities in the Seattle Basin

  16. Nonlinear pulse propagation and phase velocity of laser-driven plasma waves

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    Schroeder, Carl B.; Benedetti, Carlo; Esarey, Eric; Leemans, Wim

    2011-03-25

    Laser evolution and plasma wave excitation by a relativistically-intense short-pulse laser in underdense plasma are investigated in the broad pulse limit, including the effects of pulse steepening, frequency red-shifting, and energy depletion. The nonlinear plasma wave phase velocity is shown to be significantly lower than the laser group velocity and further decreases as the pulse propagates owing to laser evolution. This lowers the thresholds for trapping and wavebreaking, and reduces the energy gain and efficiency of laser-plasma accelerators that use a uniform plasma profile.

  17. Site response, shallow shear-wave velocity, and wave propagation at the San Jose, California, dense seismic array

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    Hartzell, S.; Carver, D.; Williams, R.A.; Harmsen, S.; Zerva, A.

    2003-01-01

    Ground-motion records from a 52-element dense seismic array near San Jose, California, are analyzed to obtain site response, shallow shear-wave velocity, and plane-wave propagation characteristics. The array, located on the eastern side of the Santa Clara Valley south of the San Francisco Bay, is sited over the Evergreen basin, a 7-km-deep depression with Miocene and younger deposits. Site response values below 4 Hz are up to a factor of 2 greater when larger, regional records are included in the analysis, due to strong surface-wave development within the Santa Clara Valley. The pattern of site amplification is the same, however, with local or regional events. Site amplification increases away from the eastern edge of the Santa Clara Valley, reaching a maximum over the western edge of the Evergreen basin, where the pre-Cenozoic basement shallows rapidly. Amplification then decreases further to the west. This pattern may be caused by lower shallow shear-wave velocities and thicker Quaternary deposits further from the edge of the Santa Clara Valley and generation/trapping of surface waves above the shallowing basement of the western Evergreen basin. Shear-wave velocities from the inversion of site response spectra based on smaller, local earthquakes compare well with those obtained independently from our seismic reflection/refraction measurements. Velocities from the inversion of site spectra that include larger, regional records do not compare well with these measurements. A mix of local and regional events, however, is appropriate for determination of site response to be used in seismic hazard evaluation, since large damaging events would excite both body and surface waves with a wide range in ray parameters. Frequency-wavenumber, plane-wave analysis is used to determine the backazimuth and apparent velocity of coherent phases at the array. Conventional, high-resolution, and multiple signal characterization f-k power spectra and stacked slowness power spectra are compared. These spectra show surface waves generated/ scattered at the edges of the Santa Clara Valley and possibly within the valley at the western edge of the Evergreen basin.

  18. Effects of curing time and frequency on ultrasonic wave velocity in grouted rock bolts

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    Madenga, V.; Zou, D. H.; Zhang, C.

    2006-05-01

    Grouted rock bolts are widely used to reinforce excavated ground in mining and civil engineering structures. To date, opportunities for testing the quality of the grout in grouted rock bolts have been limited to the pull-out tests and the over-coring methods. Both these methods are destructive, time-consuming and costly. These deficiencies have fueled research into the use of ultrasonic methods for testing the quality of the grout in rock bolts. However, only partial success has been achieved in these efforts chiefly due to inadequate knowledge of the ultrasonic wave characteristics such as wave velocity in grouted rock bolts. This paper presents results of an experimental study into the effects of curing time and testing frequency on the velocity of ultrasonic waves propagating along rock bolts grouted in concrete. A substantial wave velocity decrease, as much as 47.7% at certain frequencies, was recorded in rock bolts grouted in fully cured concrete in comparison to non-grouted bolts. The results demonstrate the importance of optimizing the selection of test frequencies as well as suggesting the possibility of a new approach based on wave velocity decrease for testing the grout quality of rock bolts.

  19. Experimental study of the amplitude effect on wave velocity and attenuation in consolidated rocks under confining pressure

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    Mashinskii, E. I.

    2005-09-01

    A series of experiments were carried out to investigate the influence of strain amplitude on wave velocity and attenuation in dry sandstone and smoky quartz. Measurements were performed using the reflection method at a frequency of 1 MHz at strains ~(0.3-2.0) × 10-6 under a confining pressure of 20 MPa. The dependence of the compressional velocity on the strain amplitude in sandstone is ambiguous. On one hand, the velocity calculated by means of measurement of the propagation time of the first pulse minimum (Vminp) does not change with increasing amplitude. On the other hand, the velocity determined by the propagation time of the first pulse maximum (Vmaxp) slightly but surely increases with amplitude. In view of the small variation in velocity (~0.7%) this result is regarded only as a tendency. The Q-1p in sandstone decreases with increasing amplitude. The decrease is 16% in all the amplitude range. Vp and Vs in smoky quartz do not depend on the strain amplitude, but Q-1p and Q-1s decrease with amplitude. The decrease in attenuation is 10% and 6.5% respectively. This result contradicts the existing concept. The unusual behaviour of the attenuation is presumably explained by the inelasticity of the rock (at least by microplasticity). Amplitude dependence can be used as an additional criterion in the geological interpretation of seismic data.

  20. Hurricane Directional Wave Spectrum Spatial Variation at Landfall

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    Walsh, E. J.; Wright, C. W.; Vandemark, D.; Krabill, W. B.; Garcia, A. W.; Houston, S. H.; Powell, M. D.; Black, P. G.; Marks, F. D.; Zukor, Dorothy J. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    On 26 August 1998, the SRA at 2.2 km height documented the directional wave spectrum in the region between Charleston, SC, and Cape Hatteras, NC, as Hurricane Bonnie was making landfall near Wilmington, NC. The storm was similar in size during the two flights, but the maximum speed in the NOAA Hurricane Research Division surface wind analysis was 15% lower prior to landfall (39 m/s) than it had been in the open ocean (46 m/s). This was compensated for by its faster movement prior to landfall (9.5 m/s) than when it was encountered in the open ocean (5 m/s), significantly increasing the effective fetch and duration of waves near the peak of the spectrum which propagated in the direction of the storm track. The open ocean wave height variation indicated that Hurricane Bonnie would have produced waves of 11 m significant wave height on the shore northeast of Wilmington had it not been for the continental shelf. The bathymetry distributed the steepening and breaking process across the shelf so that the wavelength and wave height were reduced gradually as the shore was approached. The wave height 5 km from shore was about 4 in.

  1. Uppermost Mantle S-wave Velocity Structure of the East Anatolian-Caucasus Region

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    Skobeltsyn, G.; Mellors, R.; Gok, R.; Turkelli, N.; Forsyth, D. W.; Sandvol, E. A.

    2011-12-01

    The East Anatolian-Caucasus region is a part of the orogenic belt which formed as the result of the closure of the Neo Tethys Ocean and the corresponding continental collision of Arabian and Eurasian plates. Our study region includes the southwestern part of the Caspian basin, the Kura basin, the Lesser and Greater Caucasus mountains, and the East Anatolian and North Iranian plateaus. We used the data from the Eastern Turkey Seismic Experiment network (1999-2001) in addition to the data which was recorded by 26 permanent broadband stations located in eastern Turkey and Azerbaijan during January of 2006 - July of 2008 in order to develop a 3D S-wave velocity model of the regional uppermost mantle. We selected total of 62 teleseismic events with surface wave magnitudes larger than 5.8 and with good signal-to-noise ratio to determine the fundamental mode Rayleigh wave phase velocities at 13 periods between 20 and 143 seconds. The phase velocity maps show a broad low velocity zone beneath East Anatolian and North Iranian plateaus and three high velocity zones located under the eastern part of the Greater Caucasus, the Talesh and Pontides. Furthermore, the regional uppermost mantle appears to be relatively isotropic. We inverted the Rayleigh wave phase velocities to obtain the regional 3D S-wave velocity model (0-350 km). The low velocity zone is observed starting right at the moho down to 150 km, which suggests asthenospheric material underlying a very thin lithosphere of eastern Anatolia where widespread Late Miocene - Quaternary calc-alkaline volcanic products of mantle origin are reported. Eastern Arabia and Black Sea each have lithospheric roots reaching depths of 150 km. The high velocity body beneath the eastern Greater Caucasus and Kura Basin lies at depths below the moho down to 180 km, and apparently represents either a thick lithospheric mantle root or a shallow subducting slab associated with the South Caspian block. The high velocity bodies beneath the Talesh and Pontides are observed below 160 km. We believe that these high velocity bodies represent remnant Neo Tethys slabs that broke off after the initiation of continental collision between Arabia and Eurasia and could serve as an evidence of two subduction zones beneath Pontide and Bitlis arcs during the Neogene.

  2. Are There Optical Solitary Wave Solutions in Linear Media with Group Velocity Dispersion?

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    Li, Zhonghao; Zhou, Guosheng

    1996-01-01

    A generalized exact optical bright solitary wave solution in a three dimensional dispersive linear medium is presented. The most interesting property of the solution is that it can exist in the normal group-velocity-dispersion (GVD) region. In addition, another peculiar feature is that it may achieve a condition of 'zero-dispersion' to the media so that a solitary wave of arbitrarily small amplitude may be propagated with no dependence on is pulse width.

  3. A universal wave spectrum for atmospheric temperature and velocity fluctuations in the stratosphere

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    Cot, C.; Barat, J. )

    1990-09-01

    The first simultaneous power spectral densities of high resolution lower stratospheric temperature and horizontal/vertical velocity fluctuations are presented. Amplitudes are within a factor of 2 or 3 of other observations reported in literature. However, the measured amplitude ratios, which are absolute characteristics of the fluctuating wave field, disagree significantly (multiplicative factor up to 10) with predictions of the saturation theory. These results disagree with the concept of a universal spectrum controlled by saturated waves.

  4. Relative velocity of seagrass blades: Implications for wave attenuation in low-energy environments

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    Bradley, Kevin; Houser, Chris

    2009-03-01

    While the ability of subaquatic vegetation to attenuate wave energy is well recognized in general, there is a paucity of data from the field to describe the rate and mechanisms of wave decay, particularly with respect to the relative motion of the vegetation. The purpose of this study was to quantify the attenuation of incident wave height through a seagrass meadow and characterize the blade movement under oscillatory flow under the low-energy conditions characteristic of fetch-limited and sheltered environments. The horizontal motion of the seagrass blades and the velocity just above the seagrass canopy were measured using a digital video camera and an acoustic Doppler velicometer (ADV) respectively in order to refine the estimates of the drag coefficient based on the relative velocity. Significant wave heights (Hs) were observed to increase by ˜0.02 m (˜20%) through the first 5 m of the seagrass bed but subsequently decrease exponentially over the remainder of the bed. The exponential decay coefficient varied in response to the Reynolds number calculated using blade width (as the length scale) and the oscillatory velocity measured immediately above the canopy. The ability of the seagrass to attenuate wave energy decreases as incident wave heights increase and conditions become more turbulent. Estimates of the time-averaged canopy height and the calculated hydraulic roughness suggest that, as the oscillatory velocity increases, the seagrass becomes fully extended and leans in the direction of flow for a longer part of the wave cycle. The relationship between the drag coefficient and the Reynolds number further suggests that the vegetation is swaying (going with the flow) at low-energy conditions but becomes increasingly rigid as oscillatory velocities increase over the limited range of the conditions observed (200 < Re < 800). In addition to the changing behavior of the seagrass motion, the attenuation was not uniform with wave frequency, and waves at a secondary frequency of 0.38 Hz (2.6 s) appeared to be unaffected by the seagrass. Cospectral analysis between the oscillatory and blade velocity suggests that the seagrass was moving in phase with the current at the (lower) secondary frequency and out of phase at the (higher) peak frequency. In this respect, seagrass is not only an attenuator of wave energy but also serves as a low-pass filter; higher frequencies in the spectra tend to be more attenuated.

  5. Note on cylindrical waves which propagate at the velocity of light

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    Kroll, N.M.

    1982-01-01

    The continuous linear acceleration of ultra relativistic particles in free space by an electromagnetic field requires the presence of a cylindrical wave component with phase velocity that differs negligibly from c and with non-vanishing electric field component in the direction of propagation. Lawson and Woodward have pointed out the fact that certain geometries proposed for laser driven acceleration fail to satisfy these requirements. On the other hand, complex wave number plane wave fields which do satisfy these requirements have been constructed by Palmer, who also points out that any cylindrical wave with the required properties can be formed from superposition of plane waves of the form which he has obtained. The situation is analogous to that which occurs in standard wave-guide theory. There it is also true that any waveguide mode can be constructed by superposition of plane waves. Nevertheless, the study of the general properties of cylindrical waves has proved to be a very powerful tool for the analysis of waveguides and similar structures. Because this may also prove to be the case for fields with propagation velocity c we present a brief study of their properties below.

  6. Short-term velocity variations of three rock glaciers and their relationship with meteorological conditions

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    Wirz, V.; Gruber, S.; Purves, R. S.; Beutel, J.; Grtner-Roer, I.; Gubler, S.; Vieli, A.

    2015-05-01

    In recent years, strong variations in the speed of rock glaciers have been detected, raising questions about their stability in a changed climate. In this study, we present continuous time series over three years of surface velocities of six GPS stations located on three rock glaciers in Switzerland. Intra-annual velocity variations are analyzed in relation to local meteorological factors, such as precipitation, snow(melt), as well as air and ground surface temperatures. A main focus of this study lies on the abrupt velocity peaks, which have been detected at two steep and fast moving rock glacier tongues. The continuous measurements with high temporal resolution revealed that all rock glaciers experience clear intra-annual variations in movement where the timing and the amplitude is rather similar between individual years. The seasonal decrease in velocity was typically smooth, starting one to three months after the seasonal decrease in temperatures, and was stronger in years with colder temperatures in mid winter. The seasonal acceleration always started during the zero curtain period, often was abrupt and rapid compared to the winter deceleration, and at two stations it was interrupted by short velocity peaks, occurring immediately after high water input from snowmelt or heavy precipitation. The findings of this study suggest that both, the seasonal acceleration and the short velocity peaks are strongly influenced by water infiltration, causing thermal advection and increase in pore water pressure, and that likely no velocity peak was solely caused by high temperatures. In contrast, the amount of deceleration in winter seems to be mainly controlled by winter temperatures.

  7. Estimation of shear velocity contrast for dipping or anisotropic medium from transmitted Ps amplitude variation with ray-parameter

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    Kumar, Prakash

    2015-12-01

    Amplitude versus offset analysis of P to P reflection is often used in exploration seismology for hydrocarbon exploration. In the present work, the feasibility to estimate crustal velocity structure from transmitted P to S wave amplitude variation with ray-parameter has been investigated separately for dipping layer and anisotropy medium. First, for horizontal and isotropic medium, the approximation of P-to-s conversion is used that is expressed as a linear form in terms of slowness. Next, the intercept of the linear regression has been used to estimate the shear wave velocity contrast (δβ) across an interface. The formulation holds good for isotropic and horizontal layer medium. Application of such formula to anisotropic medium or dipping layer data may lead to erroneous estimation of δβ. In order to overcome this problem, a method has been proposed to compensate the SV-amplitude using shifted version of SH-amplitude, and subsequently transforming SV amplitudes equivalent to that from isotropic or horizontal layer medium as the case may be. Once this transformation has been done, δβ can be estimated using isotropic horizontal layer formula. The shifts required in SH for the compensation are π/2 and π/4 for dipping layer and anisotropic medium, respectively. The effectiveness of the approach has been reported using various synthetic data sets. The methodology is also tested on real data from HI-CLIMB network in Himalaya, where the presence of dipping Moho has already been reported. The result reveals that the average shear wave velocity contrast across the Moho is larger towards the Indian side compared to the higher Himalayan and Tibetan regions.

  8. Investigation of local rayleigh wave velocity dispersion due to surface residual stress

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    Martin, Richard W.; Reibel, Richard S.; Sathish, Shamachary; Blodgett, Mark P.

    2004-02-26

    Residual stress induced in materials by surface modification techniques creates a stress gradient very near the top surface. The modified layer can lead to dispersion of Rayleigh surface wave (RSW) velocity. An analysis of the dispersion of RSW is expected to provide a means for nondestructive evaluation of the stress gradient. Small changes in RSW velocity has been measured using an acoustic interferometer based on a three-element focused transducer. Dispersion results on Ti-6Al-4V material of RSW velocity and dispersion in shot-peened samples are presented.

  9. Applications of stereoscopic particle image velocimetry: Dust acoustic waves and velocity space distribution functions

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    Thomas, Edward Jr.; Williams, Jeremiah

    2006-05-15

    Two-dimensional particle image velocimetry (2D-PIV) techniques have been applied to dusty plasmas for the past 5 years. During that time, 2D-PIV has been used to provide detailed measurements of microparticle transport in dusty plasmas. However, a measurement of the third velocity vector direction is necessary to fully understand the microparticle transport. In this paper, stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (stereo-PIV) is used as a technique for obtaining all three-velocity vector components. This paper discusses the application of stereo-PIV techniques to measurements of dust acoustic waves and velocity space distribution functions in dusty plasmas.

  10. The P-wave boundary of the Large-Low Shear Velocity Province beneath the Pacific

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    Frost, Daniel A.; Rost, Sebastian

    2014-10-01

    The Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs) in the lower mantle represent volumetrically significant thermal or chemical or thermo-chemical heterogeneities. Their structure and boundaries have been widely studied, mainly using S-waves, but much less is known about their signature in the P-wavefield. We use an extensive dataset recorded at USArray to create, for the first time, a high-resolution map of the location, shape, sharpness, and extent of the boundary of the Pacific LLSVP using P(Pdiff)-waves. We find that the northern edge of the Pacific LLSVP is shallow dipping (26° relative to the horizontal) and diffuse (∼120 km wide transition zone) whereas the eastern edge is steeper dipping (70°) and apparently sharp (∼40 km wide). We trace the LLSVP boundary up to ∼500 km above the CMB in most areas, and 700 km between 120° and 90°W at the eastern extent of the boundary. Apparent P-wave velocity drops are ∼1-3% relative to PREM, indicating a strong influence of LLSVPs on P-wave velocity, at least in the high-frequency wavefield, in contrast to previous studies. A localised patch with a greater velocity drop of ∼15-25% is detected, defined by large magnitude gradients of the travel-time residuals. We identify this as a likely location of an Ultra-Low Velocity Zone (ULVZ), matching the location of a previously detected ULVZ in this area. The boundary of a separate low velocity anomaly, of a similar height to the LLSVP, is detected in the north-west Pacific, matching tomographic images. This outlier appears to be connected to the main LLSVP through a narrow channel close to the CMB and may be in the process of joining or splitting from the main LLSVP. We also see strong velocity increases in the lower mantle to the east of the LLSVP, likely detecting subducted material beneath central America. The LLSVP P-wave boundary is similar to that determined in high-resolution S-wave studies and follows the -0.4% ΔVS iso-velocity contour in the S40RTS tomography model. Additionally, the LLSVP boundary roughly matches the shape of the -0.4% ΔVP iso-velocity contour of the P-wave model GyPSuM but defines an area more similar to that defined by the 0.0% VP iso-velocity contour. High resolution P-wave velocity determination allows for estimation of the ratio of P- and S-wave velocity anomalies (RS,P) which can be used to indicate dominantly thermal or chemical control of seismic velocities. Although the RS,P is found here to be approximately 2.4, which is indicative of a thermo-chemical anomaly. However, this result contains a large amount of uncertainty and the implications for the origin of LLSVPs likely remain inconclusive. Nonetheless, other observations of the Pacific LLSVP are consistent with a thermo-chemical anomaly whose shape and boundary sharpness are controlled by proximity to active and past subduction.

  11. Variations in melt inputs and basal sliding velocity on the Kennicott Glacier, Alaska, USA

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    Armstrong, W. H.; Barnhart, K. R.; Anderson, R. S.; Rajaram, H.

    2012-12-01

    We present glacier surface motion, meteorologic, and hydrologic observations from the 2012 melt season on the Kennicott Glacier near McCarthy, Alaska. We record 15-second global positioning system (GPS) data from five monuments along the glacier centerline, 10-minute water level data from pressure sensors in four ice-marginal basins and one on the glacier outlet river, 10-minute air temperature and ablation rates, and one-hour time-lapse photography on two ice-marginal basins and the outlet stream. We use these data to investigate linkages between subglacial hydrology and glacier basal sliding velocity. Time-lapse imagery and pressure sensor time series capture a complicated early season fill-and-drain sequence on an ice-marginal lake, likely reflecting the interplay between melt supply and development of a hydrologic link between the basin and a presumed nearby low-pressure subglacial conduit. We also capture a midsummer jkulhlaup in which 20-30 x 10^6 cubic meters of water drain from the ice-dammed Hidden Creek Lake over the course of 60 hours. The flood wave propagates down-glacier, reaching the glacier terminus 15 kilometers away about 30 hours after the initiation of lake drainage. The flood wave raises stage by many tens of meters in ice-marginal basins and doubles discharge on the outlet stream. We compare water level records to differential GPS time series to monitor the glacier sliding response to seasonal, daily, and event-based variations in water inputs. This study builds on our 2006 research in the area by increasing GPS monument density, extending the monitoring season, and including time-lapse photography. These improvements allow us to resolve in greater temporal and spatial detail the glacier's response to hydrologic conditions throughout the melt season. Although the 2012 summer was generally cooler than summer 2006, we find remarkable similarity between the outburst flood hydrographs for the two years, indicating similarities in the evolution of the subglacial drainage network despite differences in the temporal pattern of melt inputs. These data will serve as a foundation for future modeling of the temporal and spatial evolution of the glacier hydrologic system and its linkages with the associated patterns of sliding.

  12. Along-strike variations in the shallow seismic velocity structure of the Seattle fault zone: Evidence for fault segmentation beneath Puget Sound

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    Calvert, Andrew J.; Fisher, Michael A.; Johnson, Samuel Y.

    2003-01-01

    Around 1100 years ago, the Seattle fault, which trends east-west beneath Puget Sound and the greater Seattle metropolitan area, experienced a M > 7 earthquake. We present high-resolution images of the shallow P wave velocity variation across the fault zone. These images were obtained by tomographic inversion of the first arrivals recorded along two north-south oriented seismic reflection lines shot within Puget Sound near Seattle. Just beneath the seafloor, the fault zone includes uplifted Tertiary rocks with seismic velocities in the range of 2300 to 2600 m s-1. These velocities contrast markedly with values of ˜1600 m s-1 in shallow Holocene sediments. South of the Seattle fault zone volcanic rocks of the Crescent Formation, which exhibit velocities >3700 m s-1, are identified at depths of only 900 m. Seismic velocities of around 2600 m s-1, which represent Oligocene rocks, are found in the hanging wall of the Seattle fault beneath eastern Puget Sound. In the west, lower, 2300 m s-1 seismic velocities occur, probably due to the presence of Miocene rocks, which are not found in the east. Along-strike velocity variations arise from the folding of Tertiary rocks and the presence of distinct fault splays, including a north striking tear fault characterized by depressed seismic velocities that was intersected by the eastern seismic line. Along-strike differences in the uplift of Tertiary rocks beneath Puget Sound are likely associated with the existence of a segment boundary of the Seattle fault system.

  13. Compressional and Shear Wave Velocities for Artificial Granular Media Under Simulated Near Surface Conditions

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    Bonner, B.P.; Berge, P.A.; Wildenschild, D.

    2001-09-09

    Laboratory ultrasonic experiments were made on artificial soil samples in order to observe the effects of slight overburden, sand/clay ratio and pore fluid saturation on compressional and shear wave velocities. Up to several meters of overburden were simulated by applying low uniaxial stress of about 0.1 MPa to a restrained sample. Samples were fabricated from Ottawa sand mixed with a swelling clay (Wyoming bentonite). The amount of clay added was 1 to 40 percent by mass. Most measurements were made under room-dry conditions, but some measurements were made for fully-saturated sand-clay mixtures and for partially-saturated sand samples. For the dry sand-clay samples, compressional (P) velocities were low, ranging from about 200 to 500 m/s for the mixtures at low stress. Shear (S) velocities were about half of the compressional velocity, about 70 to 250 m/s. Dramatic increases in all velocities occurred with small uniaxial loads, indicating strong nonlinearity. Composition and grain packing control the mechanical response at grain contacts and the resulting nonlinear response at low stresses. P and S velocities are sensitive to the amount of clay added, even at low concentrations. At these low equivalent overburden conditions, adhesion and capillarity at grain contacts affect wave amplitudes, velocities, and frequency content in the partial saturation case.

  14. Temperature dependence of elastic P- and S-wave velocities in porous Mt. Unzen dacite

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    Scheu, B.; Kern, H.; Spieler, O.; Dingwell, D. B.

    2006-05-01

    Laboratory measurements of elastic properties of volcanic rocks are crucial for the modelling of volcano seismic activity. Compared to the large database reported in the literature for sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, the data set for volcanic rocks is limited and mostly restricted to basalts. Data for more silica-rich rocks are sparse. In particular, velocity data for silica-rich volcanic rocks measured at elevated temperature are lacking. We measured the elastic P- and S-wave velocities and the velocity anisotropy of porous dacitic rocks from Unzen Volcano, Japan, exhibiting an open porosity of 3.3 to 24.3 vol.%. The measurements were done at temperatures of up to 600 °C and confining pressures of 100 MPa, corresponding to depths of ˜ 3000-4000 m. Samples with even higher porosities failed at the required pressures. The measurements were carried out in a cubic multi-anvil pressure apparatus, using the pulse transmission technique. In contrast to low-porosity magmatic and metamorphic rocks, the seismic velocities of the investigated volcanic rocks increased and the velocity anisotropies decreased with increasing temperature, due to further sample compaction. There is a close relationship between velocity, density and porosity. The higher the density (and the lower the porosity) the higher are the P- and S-wave velocities. These results can contribute to a better understanding of the propagation of seismic energy through the volcanic edifice.

  15. Using second-sound shock waves to probe the intrinsic critical velocity of liquid helium II

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    Turner, T. N.

    1983-01-01

    A critical velocity truly intrinsic to liquid helium II is experimentally sought in the bulk fluid far from the apparatus walls. Termed the 'fundamental critical velocity,' it necessarily is caused by mutual interactions which operate between the two fluid components and which are activated at large relative velocities. It is argued that flow induced by second-sound shock waves provides the ideal means by which to activate and isolate the fundamental critical velocity from other extraneous fluid-wall interactions. Experimentally it is found that large-amplitude second-sound shock waves initiate a breakdown in the superfluidity of helium II, which is dramatically manifested as a limit to the maximum attainable shock strength. This breakdown is shown to be caused by a fundamental critical velocity. Secondary effects include boiling for ambient pressures near the saturated vapor pressure or the formation of helium I boundary layers at higher ambient pressures. When compared to the intrinsic critical velocity discovered in highly restricted geometries, the shock-induced critical velocity displays a similar temperature dependence and is the same order of magnitude.

  16. Three-dimensional P-wave velocity structure of Mt. Etna, Italy

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    Villasenor, A.; Benz, H.M.; Filippi, L.; De Luca, G.; Scarpa, R.; Patane, G.; Vinciguerra, S.

    1998-01-01

    The three-dimensional P-wave velocity structure of Mt. Etna is determined to depths of 15 km by tomographic inversion of first arrival times from local earthquakes recorded by a network of 29 permanent and temporary seismographs. Results show a near-vertical low-velocity zone that extends from beneath the central craters to a depth of 10 km. This low-velocity region is coincident with a band of steeply-dipping seismicity, suggesting a magmatic conduit that feeds the summit eruptions. The most prominent structure is an approximately 8-km-diameter high-velocity body located between 2 and 12 km depth below the southeast flank of the volcano. This high-velocity body is interpreted as a remnant mafic intrusion that is an important structural feature influencing both volcanism and east flank slope stability and faulting.

  17. Prediction of Building Limestone Physical and Mechanical Properties by Means of Ultrasonic P-Wave Velocity

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    Concu, Giovanna; De Nicolo, Barbara; Valdes, Monica

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate ultrasonic P-wave velocity as a feature for predicting some physical and mechanical properties that describe the behavior of local building limestone. To this end, both ultrasonic testing and compressive tests were carried out on several limestone specimens and statistical correlation between ultrasonic velocity and density, compressive strength, and modulus of elasticity was studied. The effectiveness of ultrasonic velocity was evaluated by regression, with the aim of observing the coefficient of determination r2 between ultrasonic velocity and the aforementioned parameters, and the mathematical expressions of the correlations were found and discussed. The strong relations that were established between ultrasonic velocity and limestone properties indicate that these parameters can be reasonably estimated by means of this nondestructive parameter. This may be of great value in a preliminary phase of the diagnosis and inspection of stone masonry conditions, especially when the possibility of sampling material cores is reduced. PMID:24511286

  18. Rayleigh wave group velocity distributions for East Asia using ambient seismic noise

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    Witek, Michael; van der Lee, Suzan; Kang, Tae-Seob

    2014-11-01

    Vertical component data from 206 broadband seismometer stations from Korean networks Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources and Korea Meteorological Administration, the Japanese F-net network, and the Chinese New China Digital Seismograph Network and Northeast China Extended Seismic Array network are collected for the year 2011, and the ambient seismic noise is analyzed. Rayleigh wave group velocity distribution maps are created in the period range 10 to 70 s. Our results are largely consistent with previous studies of the area but provide greater detail in the Korean peninsula and the Sea of Japan. Low group velocities are observed in the Ulleung basin, and the Chubu-Kanto and Kyushu regions in Japan. At 10 s period, sediment basins in the Sea of Japan appear as low group velocity regions relative to higher group velocity continental regions. At periods longer than 40 s, a low group velocity region emerges in the Ulleung basin region, and is bounded by the Korean peninsula.

  19. Effect of slope variation and skating technique on velocity in cross-country skiing.

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    Boulay, M R; Rundell, K W; King, D L

    1995-02-01

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of slope variations upon the maximal velocity attainable by cross-country ski racers using three skating techniques (V-1, V-2, and Gunde). Nine (2 females, 7 males) junior ski racers (16.0 +/- 0.4 yr of age, mean +/- SEM) exhibiting strong technical skills participated in the study. The subjects were required to skate at maximal velocity over five different courses (length 120-200 m) with mean slopes of -1, 0, 6, 9, and 12%. Video analysis was used to determine skiing velocity, cycle length, and cycle rate. Heart rate was monitored to verify intensity of exertion. Results indicated that intensities were similar to those observed while racing. Velocities for the three techniques were not different for -1, 0, and 6% slopes. However V-1 was significantly faster (P < 0.01) at 9% and 12% inclines. Velocity was highly correlated to cycle length (P < 0.01) but unrelated to cycle rate. Cycle length was significantly different between techniques (P < 0.01) and varied across slopes. Cycle rate was significantly different between techniques (P < 0.01) but did not vary across slopes. Thus, our results indicate that any of the three techniques is adequate on flat and rolling terrain, but V-1 should be used at slopes of 9% and above. It is also concluded that during short trials skied at maximal velocity, skiing velocity is highly dependent on cycle length and independent of cycle rate. PMID:7723654

  20. On Variational Methods in the Physics of Plasma Waves

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    I.Y. Dodin

    2013-03-08

    A fi rst-principle variational approach to adiabatic collisionless plasma waves is described. The focus is made on one-dimensional electrostatic oscillations, including phase-mixed electron plasma waves (EPW) with trapped particles, such as Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal modes. The well known Whitham's theory is extended by an explicit calculation of the EPW Lagrangian, which is related to the oscillation-center energies of individual particles in a periodic fi eld, and those are found by a quadrature. Some paradigmatic physics of EPW is discussed for illustration purposes. __________________________________________________

  1. Effect of CO2 hydrate formation on seismic wave velocities of fine-grained sediments

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    Kim, Hak-Sung; Cho, Gye-Chun; Kwon, Tae-Hyuk

    2013-06-01

    study examines the effect of gas hydrate formation on seismic wave velocities of fine-grained sediments. Synthesis of gas hydrates in fine-grained sediments has proved to be challenging, and how hydrate formation would affect the seismic wave velocities and stiffness of clay-rich sediments has not yet been fully understood. In this study, CO2 hydrate was synthesized in remolded and partially water-saturated clayey silt sediments that were originally cored from a hydrate occurrence region in the Ulleung Basin, East Sea, offshore Korea. After achieving excess water conditions, compressional wave and shear wave velocities were measured for different hydrate saturations and under different vertical effective stresses. The results reveal that the compressional wave velocity VP and shear wave velocity VS increase, and the stress-dependency of VP and VS decreases as the hydrate saturation SH increases from 0% to ~60%. In particular, the VS-SH trend lies between the grain-cementing model and the load-bearing model, suggesting that gas hydrate formation in clayey silt sediments causes weak cementation from a hydrate saturation less than ~28%. The weak cementation in fine-grained sediments can be explained by the breakage of hydrate bonds that are cementing grains during sediment compression and/or the innate weakness in bonding between hydrate crystals and fine mineral grains owing to the presence of unfrozen water films on clay mineral surfaces. In addition, it is found that at low SH, the cementation effect on VP is masked by the high stiffness of pore-filling phases, but it becomes pronounced at SH greater than 47%.

  2. Three-Dimensional Shear Wave Velocity Structure of the Peru Flat Slab Subduction Segment

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    Knezevic Antonijevic, S.; Wagner, L. S.; Beck, S. L.; Zandt, G.; Long, M. D.

    2012-12-01

    Recent studies focused on flat slab subduction segments in central Chile (L. S. Wagner, 2006) and Alaska (B. R. Hacker and G. A. Aber, 2012) suggest significant differences in seismic velocity structures, and hence, composition in the mantle wedge between flat and normal "steep" subducting slabs. Instead of finding the low velocities and high Vp/Vs ratios common in normal subduction zones, these studies find low Vp, high Vs, and very low Vp/Vs above flat slabs. This may indicate the presence of dry, cold material in the mantle wedge. In order to investigate the seismic velocities of the upper mantle above the Peruvian flat segment, we have inverted for 2D Rayleigh wave phase velocity maps using data from the currently deployed 40 station PULSE seismic network and some adjacent stations from the CAUGHT seismic network. We then used the sensitivity of surface waves to shear wave velocity structure with depth to develop a 3D shear wave velocity model. This model will allow us to determine the nature of the mantle lithosphere above the flat slab, and how this may have influenced the development of local topography. For example, dry conditions (high Vs velocities) above the flat slab would imply greater strength of this material, possibly making it capable of causing further inland overthrusting, while wet conditions (low Vs) would imply weaker material. This could provide some insight into the ongoing debate over whether the Fitzcarrald arch (along the northern most flank of the Altiplano) could be a topographical response to the subducted Nazca ridge hundred kilometers away from the trench (N. Espurt, 2012, P. Baby, 2005, V. A. Ramos, 2012) or not (J. Martinod, 2005, M. Wipf, 2008, T. Gerya, 2008).

  3. Hurricane Directional Wave Spectrum Spatial Variation in the Open Ocean

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    Wright, C. W.; Walsh, E. J.; Vandemark, D.; Krabill, W. B.; Garcia, A. W.

    1999-01-01

    The sea surface directional wave spectrum was measured for the first time in all quadrants of a hurricane in open water using the NASA airborne scanning radar altimeter (SRA) carried aboard one of the NOAA WP-3D hurricane hunter aircraft at 1.5 km height. The SRA measures the energetic portion of the directional wave spectrum by generating a topographic map of the sea surface. At 8 Hz, the SRA sweeps a radar beam of 1 deg half-power width (two-way) across the aircraft ground track over a swath equal to 0. 8 of the aircraft height, simultaneously measuring the backscattered power at its 36 GHz (8.3 mm) operating frequency and the range to the sea surface at 64 positions. These slant ranges are multiplied by the cosine of the incidence angles to determine the vertical distances from the aircraft to the sea surface. Subtracting these distances from the aircraft height produces the sea surface elevation map. The sea surface topography is interpolated to a uniform grid, transformed by a two-dimensional FFT, and Doppler corrected. The data presented were acquired on 24 August 1998 when hurricane Bonnie was east of the Bahamas and moving slowly to the north. Wave heights up to 18 m were observed and the spatial variation of the wave field was dramatic. The dominant waves generally propagated at significant angles to the downwind direction and at times there were wave fields traveling at right angles to each other. The NOAA aircraft spent over five hours within 180 km of the hurricane Bonnie eye, and made five eye penetrations. A 2-minute animation of the directional wave spectrum spatial variation over this period will be shown.

  4. Correlations between seismic wave velocities and physical properties of near-surface geologic materials in the southern San Francisco Bay region, California

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    Fumal, Thomas E.

    1978-01-01

    To identify geologic units with distinctly different seismic responses for the purposes of seismic zonation, compressional and shear wave velocities have been measured in boreholes at 59 sites in the San Francisco Bay region in a wide range of near-surface (0-30m) geologic materials. Several physical parameters, which can be readily determined in the field, were found to correlate with the shear wave velocities and were used to define seismically distinct groups. For the unconsolidated to semiconsolidated sediments, texture, standard penetration resistance and depth were used to define eight seismically distinct groups. For the bedrock materials, fracture spacing and hardness were used to differentiate ten distinct categories. The correlation obtained between shear wave velocity and the physical parameters were used to regroup the map units defined for the San Francisco Bay region into seismically distinct units. The map units for the younger unconsolidated sediments can be really differentiated seismically. In contrast, the older semiconsolidated sedimentary deposits and bedrock units, which have experienced significant variations in post-depositial changes, show wider and overlapping velocity ranges. The map units for the sedimentary deposits have been regrouped into eight seismically distinct geotechnical units. The bedrock map units have been broadly regrouped into five distinct categories. Compressional wave velocities were not found to be well correlated with the physical parameters dependent on the soil or rock structure. For materials above the water table, the wide velocity variations found for each geotechnical group can be attributed to differences in degree of saturation. The strong correlations observed between shear wave velocity and other readily determine physical properties suggest that geologic maps which incorporate these parameters are most useful for seismic zonation.

  5. Regional P wave velocity structure of the Northern Cascadia Subduction Zone

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    Ramachandran, K.; Hyndman, R.D.; Brocher, T.M.

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents the first regional three-dimensional, P wave velocity model for the Northern Cascadia Subduction. Zone (SW British Columbia and NW Washington State) constructed through tomographic inversion of first-arrival traveltime data from active source experiments together with earthquake traveltime data recorded at permanent stations. The velocity model images the structure of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate, megathrust, and the fore-arc crust and upper mantle. Beneath southern Vancouver Island the megathrust above the Juan de Fuca plate is characterized by a broad zone (25-35 km depth) having relatively low velocities of 6.4-6.6 km/s. This relative low velocity zone coincides with the location of most of the episodic tremors recently mapped beneath Vancouver Island, and its low velocity may also partially reflect the presence of trapped fluids and sheared lower crustal rocks. The rocks of the Olympic Subduction Complex are inferred to deform aseismically as evidenced by the lack of earthquakes withi the low-velocity rocks. The fore-arc upper mantle beneath the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound is characterized by velocities of 7.2-7.6 km/s. Such low velocities represent regional serpentinization of the upper fore-arc mantle and provide evidence for slab dewatering and densification. Tertiary sedimentary basins in the Strait of Georgia and Puget Lowland imaged by the velocity model lie above the inferred region of slab dewatering and densification and may therefore partly result from a higher rate of slab sinking. In contrast, sedimentary basins in the Strait of Juan de Fuca lie in a synclinal depression in the Crescent Terrane. The correlation of in-slab earthquake hypocenters M>4 with P wave velocities greater than 7.8 km/s at the hypocenters suggests that they originate near the oceanic Moho of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

  6. Lithospheric shear wave velocity and radial anisotropy beneath the northern part of North China from surface wave dispersion analysis

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    Fu, Yuanyuan V.; Gao, Yuan; Li, Aibing; Shi, Yutao

    2015-09-01

    Rayleigh and Love wave phase velocities in the northern part of the North China are obtained from ambient noise tomography in the period range of 8-35 s and two plane wave earthquake tomography at periods of 20-91 s using data recorded at 222 broadband seismic stations from the temporary North China Seismic Array and permanent China Digital Seismic Array. The dispersion curves of Rayleigh and Love wave from 8 to 91 s are jointly inverted for the 3-D shear wave structure and radial anisotropy in the lithosphere to 140 km depth. Distinct seismic structures is observed from the Fenhe Graben and Taihang Mountain to the North China Basin. The North China Basin from the lower crust to the depth of 140 km is characterized by high-velocity anomaly, reflecting mafic intrusion and residual materials after the extraction of melt, and by strong radial anisotropy with Vsh > Vsv, implying horizontal layering of intrusion and alignment of minerals due to vigorous extensional deformation and subsequent thermal annealing. However, low-velocity anomaly and positive radial anisotropy are observed in the Fenhe Graben and Taihang Mountain, suggesting the presence of partial melt in the lithosphere due to the mantle upwelling and horizontal flow pull.

  7. Three dimensional shear wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath China from ambient noise surface wave tomography

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    Sun, Xinlei; Song, Xiaodong; Zheng, Sihua; Yang, Yingjie; Ritzwoller, Michael H.

    2010-10-01

    We determine the three-dimensional shear wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle in China using Green’s functions obtained from seismic ambient noise cross-correlation. The data we use are from the China National Seismic Network, global and regional networks and PASSCAL stations in the region. We first acquire cross-correlation seismograms between all possible station pairs. We then measure the Rayleigh wave group and phase dispersion curves using a frequency-time analysis method from 8 s to 60 s. After that, Rayleigh wave group and phase velocity dispersion maps on 1° by 1° spatial grids are obtained at different periods. Finally, we invert these maps for the 3-D shear wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath China at each grid node. The inversion results show large-scale structures that correlate well with surface geology. Near the surface, velocities in major basins are anomalously slow, consistent with the thick sediments. East-west contrasts are striking in Moho depth. There is also a fast mid-to-lower crust and mantle lithosphere beneath the major basins surrounding the Tibetan plateau (TP) and Tianshan (Junggar, Tarim, Ordos, and Sichuan). These strong blocks, therefore, appear to play an important role in confining the deformation of the TP and constraining its geometry to form its current triangular shape. In northwest TP in Qiangtang, slow anomalies extend from the crust to the mantle lithosphere. Meanwhile, widespread, a prominent low-velocity zone is observed in the middle crust beneath most of the central, eastern and southeastern Tibetan plateau, consistent with a weak (and perhaps mobile) middle crust.

  8. Velocity Dispersion and Attenuation of Acoustic Waves in Granular Sedimentary Media.

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    Tutuncu, Azra Nur

    An experimental and theoretical investigation of the effects of stress, frequency, and clay content on compressional and shear wave velocities and attenuations has been conducted using tight gas sandstone samples. The ultrasonic pulse transmission technique (~ 1 MHz) was used to measure velocities and attenuations and calculate dynamic moduli of fully brine saturated samples with porosities from 3 to 11.9 percent and clay contents from 1 to 38 percent. Simultaneous measurements were carried out to record axial and radial deformation under a biaxial stress state in order to calculate the static elastic moduli. The static moduli were found to be 1 to 6 times smaller than the dynamic moduli under the stress state. The velocities measured at ultrasonic frequency were also compared to the sonic log velocities (~20 KHz) in order to investigate dispersion effects. The trend observed in P and S wave velocities in homogeneous intervals shows that clean sandstone velocities measured in the ultrasonic frequency range deviate systematically from the log derived velocities. Compressional and shear wave amplitude data exhibited a shift in peak frequency toward lower frequencies for clay rich samples as compared to clean samples showing the important role clays play in the dissipative behavior of sandstones. The deviations from the log derived velocities are correlatable in most cases to the clay content and dispersion. The presence of clay softens the rock grain contacts and causes larger contact area values compared to the values for nearly clean rock under the same applied load. The frame moduli of sedimentary rocks are strongly influenced by the properties of the grain contacts. A modified Hertz contact theory is presented for the self consistent calculation of contact deformation, equilibrium separation distance (film thickness) and contact area for two spherical asperities in contact and subjected to an external load. It is shown that surface forces, i.e. electrostatic repulsion, Born, structural, and Van der Waals forces can be incorporated into the contact deformation problem. These forces play an important role in determining seismic wave velocities and attenuations at low confining stresses. The computed equilibrium separation distances and contact radii were used to calculate velocities and attenuations as a function of frequency and compared with measured values for glass beads, Navajo, Berea, Obernkirchner and Fort Union sandstones. The velocities and attenuations calculated as functions of stress, frequency, fluid type and saturation are all in good agreement with reported experimental data.

  9. Crust and upper mantle heterogeneities in the southwest Pacific from surface wave phase velocity analysis

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    Pillet, R.; Rouland, D.; Roult, G.; Wiens, D. A.

    1999-02-01

    Direct earthquake-to-station Rayleigh and Love wave data observed on high gain broadband records are analyzed in order to improve the lateral resolution of the uppermost mantle in the southwest Pacific region. We used data of nine permanent Geoscope and Iris stations located in the southern hemisphere and nine other stations as part of two temporary networks, the first one installed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu (hereafter named Cavascope network) by ORSTOM and the EOST from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France) and the second one installed in the Fiji, Tonga and Niue islands (hereafter named Spase network) by Washington University in St. Louis (USA). In order to collect more significant details on the surficial structures, we included the analysis of short period waves down to 8 s. A multiple frequency filtering technique has been used to recover phase velocities of Rayleigh and Love waves for selected earthquakes with magnitude greater than 5.5 and with known centroid moment tensor (CMT). About 1100 well-distributed seismograms have been processed in the period range 8-100 s and corrections for topography and water depth have been applied to the observed phase velocities. The geographical distribution of phase velocity anomalies have then been computed using the tomographic method developed by Montagner [Montagner, J.P., 1986a. Regional three-dimensional structures using long-period surface waves. Ann. Geophys. 4 (B3), 283-294]. Due to a poor knowledge of dense, well-distributed, crustal thickness values and corresponding velocity models, we did not perform or speculate on the construction of an S-wave 3D velocity model; therefore, we limited this study to the interpretation of the phase velocity distribution. The location of phase velocity anomalies are well determined and the deviations are discussed within the framework of the geological context and compared with other tomographic models. At long periods, from 40 s to 100 s, our results agree well with most of previous studies: the tomographic imaging shows a large contrast between low and high phase velocities along the Solomon, New Hebrides and Fiji-Tonga trenches. The lowest phase velocity anomalies are distributed beneath northern and southern Fiji basins and the Lau basin (corresponding to the volume situated just above the dipping slabs), whereas the highest values are displayed beneath the Pacific plate and the eastern part of Indian plate downgoing under the North Fiji basin. At shorter periods, our results show that the phase velocity distributions are well correlated with the large structural crustal domains. The use of local temporary broadband stations in the central part of the studied area gives us the opportunity to observe surface waves showing well-dispersed trains, allowing extended velocity measurements down to 8 s although aliasing due to multipaths become important. The continental regions (Eastern Australia, New Guinea, Fiji islands and New Zealand) show low velocities which are likely due to thick continental crust, whereas the Tasmanian, D'Entrecasteaux, and the Northern and Southern Fiji basins are characterized by higher velocities suggesting thinner oceanic crust. Additional analysis including the anisotropic case and S-wave velocity inversion with depth is in progress.

  10. Crustal S-wave structure beneath Eastern Black Sea Region revealed by Rayleigh-wave group velocities

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    Çınar, Hakan; Alkan, Hamdi

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the crustal S-wave structure beneath the Eastern Black Sea Region (including the Eastern Black Sea Basin (EBSB) and Eastern Pontides (EP)) has been revealed using inversion of single-station, fundamental-mode Rayleigh-wave group velocities in the period range of 4-40 seconds. We used digital broadband recordings of 13 regional earthquakes that recently occurred in the easternmost EBSB recorded at stations of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI). The average group-velocity-dispersion curves were generated from 26 paths for the EBSB, and 16 paths for the EP, and they were inverted to determine the average 1-D shear-wave structure of the region. We have created a pseudo-section, roughly depicting the crustal structure of the region based on the group velocity inversion results of all station-earthquake paths. The thickness of the sedimentary layer reaches 12 km in the center of EBSB (Vs = 2.5-3.1 km/s) and decreases 4 km in the EP. There is a thin sedimentary layer in the EP (Vs = 2.7 km/s). A consolidated thin crust that exists in the EBSB possesses a high seismic velocity (Vs = 3.8 km/s). While a thin (∼26 km) and transitional crust exists beneath the EBSB, a thick (about 42 km) continental crust exists beneath the EP where the Conrad is clearly seen at about a 24 km depth. Thick continental crust in the EP region is clearly distinguished from a gradational velocity change (Vs = 3.4-3.8 km/s). The Moho dips approximately southwards, and the Vs velocity (4.25-4.15 km/s) beneath the Moho discontinuity decreases from the EBSB to the EP in the N-S direction. This may be an indication of a southward subduction.

  11. A shear-wave velocity model of the European upper mantle from automated inversion of seismic shear and surface waveforms

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    Legendre, C.; Meier, T.; Lebedev, S.; Friederich, W.; Viereck-Götte, L.

    2012-04-01

    Broadband waveforms recorded at stations in Europe and surrounding regions were inverted for shear-wave velocity of the European upper mantle. For events between 1995 and 2007 seismograms were collected from all permanent stations for which data are available via the data centers ORFEUS, GEOFON, ReNaSs and IRIS. In addition, we incorporated data from temporary experiments, including SVEKALAPKO, TOR, Eifel Plume, EGELADOS and other projects. Automated Multimode Inversion of surface and S-wave forms was applied to extract structural information from the seismograms, in the form of linear equations with uncorrelated uncertainties. Successful waveform fits for about 70,000 seismograms yielded over 300,000 independent linear equations that were solved together for a three-dimensional tomographic model. Resolution of the imaging is particularly high in the mantle lithosphere and asthenosphere. The highest velocities in the mantle lithosphere of the East European Craton are found at about 150 km depth. There are no indications for a large scale deep cratonic root below about 330 km depth. Lateral variations within the cratonic mantle lithosphere are resolved by our model as well. The locations of diamond bearing kimberlites correlate with reduced S-wave velocities in the cratonic mantle lithosphere. This anomaly is present in regions of both Proterozoic and Archean crust, pointing to an alteration of the mantle lithosphere after the formation of the craton. Strong lateral changes in S-wave velocity are found at the western margin of the East European Craton and hint to erosion of cratonic mantle lithosphere beneath the Scandes by hot asthenosphere. The mantle lithosphere beneath Western Europe and between the Tornquist-Teyissere Zone and the Elbe Line shows moderately high velocities and is of an intermediate character, between cratonic lithosphere and the thin lithosphere of central Europe. In central Europe, Caledonian and Variscian sutures are not associated with strong lateral changes in the lithosphere-asthenosphere system. Cenozoic anorogenic intraplate volcanism in central Europe and the Circum Mediterranean is found in regions of shallow asthenosphere and close to sharp gradients in the depth of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Low-velocity anomalies extending vertically from shallow upper mantle down to the transition zone are found beneath the Massive Central, Sinai, Canary Islands and Iceland.

  12. Shear wave anisotropy from aligned inclusions: ultrasonic frequency dependence of velocity and attenuation

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    de Figueiredo, J. J. S.; Schleicher, J.; Stewart, R. R.; Dayur, N.; Omoboya, B.; Wiley, R.; William, A.

    2013-04-01

    To understand their influence on elastic wave propagation, anisotropic cracked media have been widely investigated in many theoretical and experimental studies. In this work, we report on laboratory ultrasound measurements carried out to investigate the effect of source frequency on the elastic parameters (wave velocities and the Thomsen parameter γ) and shear wave attenuation) of fractured anisotropic media. Under controlled conditions, we prepared anisotropic model samples containing penny-shaped rubber inclusions in a solid epoxy resin matrix with crack densities ranging from 0 to 6.2 per cent. Two of the three cracked samples have 10 layers and one has 17 layers. The number of uniform rubber inclusions per layer ranges from 0 to 100. S-wave splitting measurements have shown that scattering effects are more prominent in samples where the seismic wavelength to crack aperture ratio ranges from 1.6 to 1.64 than in others where the ratio varied from 2.72 to 2.85. The sample with the largest cracks showed a magnitude of scattering attenuation three times higher compared with another sample that had small inclusions. Our S-wave ultrasound results demonstrate that elastic scattering, scattering and anelastic attenuation, velocity dispersion and crack size interfere directly in shear wave splitting in a source-frequency dependent manner, resulting in an increase of scattering attenuation and a reduction of shear wave anisotropy with increasing frequency.

  13. An empirical method to estimate shear wave velocity of soils in the New Madrid seismic zone

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    Wei, B.-Z.; Pezeshk, S.; Chang, T.-S.; Hall, K.H.; Liu, Huaibao P.

    1996-01-01

    In this study, a set of charts are developed to estimate shear wave velocity of soils in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), using the standard penetration test (SPT) N values and soil depths. Laboratory dynamic test results of soil samples collected from the NMSZ showed that the shear wave velocity of soils is related to the void ratio and the effective confining pressure applied to the soils. The void ratio of soils can be estimated from the SPT N values and the effective confining pressure depends on the depth of soils. Therefore, the shear wave velocity of soils can be estimated from the SPT N value and the soil depth. To make the methodology practical, two corrections should be made. One is that field SPT N values of soils must be adjusted to an unified SPT N??? value to account the effects of overburden pressure and equipment. The second is that the effect of water table to effective overburden pressure of soils must be considered. To verify the methodology, shear wave velocities of five sites in the NMSZ are estimated and compared with those obtained from field measurements. The comparison shows that our approach and the field tests are consistent with an error of less than of 15%. Thus, the method developed in this study is useful for dynamic study and practical designs in the NMSZ region. Copyright ?? 1996 Elsevier Science Limited.

  14. RELATIONS BETWEEN DAIRY FOOD INTAKE AND ARTERIAL STIFFNESS: PULSE WAVE VELOCITY AND PULSE PRESSURE

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    Crichton, Georgina E.; Elias, Merrrill F.; Dore, Gregory A.; Abhayaratna, Walter P.; Robbins, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    Modifiable risk factors, such as diet, are becomingly increasingly important in the management of cardiovascular disease, one of the greatest major causes of death and disease burden. Few studies have examined the role of diet as a possible means of reducing arterial stiffness, as measured by pulse wave velocity, an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate whether dairy food intake is associated with measures of arterial stiffness including carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity and pulse pressure. A cross-sectional analysis of a subset of the Maine Syracuse Longitudinal Study sample was performed. A linear decrease in pulse wave velocity was observed across increasing intakes of dairy food consumption (ranging from never/rarely to daily dairy food intake). The negative linear relationship between pulse wave velocity and intake of dairy food was independent of demographic variables, other cardiovascular disease risk factors and nutrition variables. The pattern of results was very similar for pulse pressure, while no association between dairy food intake and lipid levels was found. Further intervention studies are needed to ascertain whether dairy food intake may be an appropriate dietary intervention for the attenuation of age-related arterial stiffening and reduction of cardiovascular disease risk. PMID:22431583

  15. Relations between dairy food intake and arterial stiffness: pulse wave velocity and pulse pressure.

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    Crichton, Georgina E; Elias, Merrrill F; Dore, Gregory A; Abhayaratna, Walter P; Robbins, Michael A

    2012-05-01

    Modifiable risk factors, such as diet, are becomingly increasingly important in the management of cardiovascular disease, one of the greatest major causes of death and disease burden. Few studies have examined the role of diet as a possible means of reducing arterial stiffness, as measured by pulse wave velocity, an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate whether dairy food intake is associated with measures of arterial stiffness, including carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity and pulse pressure. A cross-sectional analysis of a subset of the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study sample was performed. A linear decrease in pulse wave velocity was observed across increasing intakes of dairy food consumption (ranging from never/rarely to daily dairy food intake). The negative linear relationship between pulse wave velocity and intake of dairy food was independent of demographic variables, other cardiovascular disease risk factors, and nutrition variables. The pattern of results was very similar for pulse pressure, whereas no association between dairy food intake and lipid levels was found. Further intervention studies are needed to ascertain whether dairy food intake may be an appropriate dietary intervention for the attenuation of age-related arterial stiffening and reduction of cardiovascular disease risk. PMID:22431583

  16. Mean Flow Velocities and Mass Transport for Equatorially-Trapped Water Waves with an Underlying Current

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    Henry, David; Sastre-Gomez, Silvia

    2016-04-01

    In this paper we present an analysis of the mean flow velocities, and related mass transport, which are induced by certain equatorially-trapped water waves. In particular, we examine a recently-derived exact and explicit solution to the geophysical governing equations in the {β} -plane approximation at the equator which incorporates a constant underlying current.

  17. P-wave velocity structure of the uppermost mantle beneath Hawaii from traveltime tomography

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    Tilmann, F.J.; Benz, H.M.; Priestley, K.F.; Okubo, P.G.

    2001-01-01

    We examine the P-wave velocity structure beneath the island of Hawaii using P-wave residuals from teleseismic earthquakes recorded by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory seismic network. The station geometry and distribution of events makes it possible to image the velocity structure between ~ 40 and 100 km depth with a lateral resolution of ~ 15 km and a vertical resolution of ~ 30 km. For depths between 40 and 80 km, P-wave velocities are up to 5 per cent slower in a broad elongated region trending SE-NW that underlies the island between the two lines defined by the volcanic loci. No direct correlation between the magnitude of the lithospheric anomaly and the current level of volcanic activity is apparent, but the slow region is broadened at ~ 19.8??N and narrow beneath Kilauea. In the case of the occanic lithosphere beneath Hawaii, slow seismic velocities are likely to be related to magma transport from the top of the melting zone at the base of the lithosphere to the surface. Thermal modelling shows that the broad elongated low-velocity zone cannot be explained in terms of conductive heating by one primary conduit per volcano but that more complicated melt pathways must exist.

  18. Generation of electromagnetic waves in the very low frequency band by velocity gradient

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    Ganguli, G. Tejero, E.; Crabtree, C.; Amatucci, W.; Rudakov, L.

    2014-01-15

    It is shown that a magnetized plasma layer with a velocity gradient in the flow perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field is unstable to waves in the Very Low Frequency band that spans the ion and electron gyrofrequencies. The waves are formally electromagnetic. However, depending on wave vector k{sup ¯}=kc/ω{sub pe} (normalized by the electron skin depth) and the obliqueness, k{sub ⊥}/k{sub ||}, where k{sub ⊥,||} are wave vectors perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field, the waves are closer to electrostatic in nature when k{sup ¯}≫1 and k{sub ⊥}≫k{sub ||} and electromagnetic otherwise. Inhomogeneous transverse flows are generated in plasma that contains a static electric field perpendicular to the magnetic field, a configuration that may naturally arise in the boundary layer between plasmas of different characteristics.

  19. Field observations of linear transition ripple migration and wave orbital velocity skewness

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    Crawford, Anna Morwenna

    A new laser illuminated underwater video system has been developed for simultaneously imaging sediment suspension and monitoring bedforms under waves in the nearshore. The system consists of a video camera and diode laser- generated light plane which illuminates suspended material in section and profiles the bed where it intersects the bottom. The system was deployed in the field along with acoustic devices for measurement of nearbed flow velocities and independent bedform observation at Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia. Observations were made in 3 to 4 m water depth of linear transition ripple geometry and migration using the laser- video system and acoustic scanning sensors during both the growth and decay phases of an autumn storm event. Linear transition ripples are long crested, low steepness bedforms in the anorbital ripple class. The transition ripples occurred under relatively high energy waves, just below the flatbed threshold, and had wavelengths of 8.5 +/- 0.5 cm and heights of 0.3 +/- 0.1 cm. The maximum observed migration rate was 0.7 cm/min. Migration was offshore during storm growth, and onshore during storm decay. The observed ripple migration rates were highly correlated with nearbed wave orbital velocity skewness (r2 > 0.7). During storm growth, the incident wave spectrum was bimodal and the orbital velocity skewness was negative. During storm decay, the wave spectrum was unimodal and the velocity skewness was positive. Bispectral analysis shows that the main contribution to negative velocity skewness during storm growth arose from a difference interaction between the two principal components (sea and swell) of the bimodal wave spectrum. Positive velocity skewness during storm decay was due to self-self interaction of the narrowband swell. These observations are shown to be consistent with a second-order wave theory. These observations support a skewness, or u3 , dependence of transition ripple migration on nearbed orbital velocity in a field setting and provide a demonstration of storm modulated off- and on-shore directed ripple migration, thus suggesting a mechanism for the reversible sediment transport cycle during storms.

  20. Long-term radial-velocity variations of the Sun as a star: The HARPS view

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    Lanza, A. F.; Molaro, P.; Monaco, L.; Haywood, R. D.

    2016-03-01

    Context. Stellar radial velocities play a fundamental role in the discovery of extrasolar planets and the measurement of their physical parameters as well as in the study of stellar physical properties. Aims: We investigate the impact of the solar activity on the radial velocity of the Sun using the HARPS spectrograph to obtain measurements that can be directly compared with those acquired in the extrasolar planet search programmes. Methods: We used the Moon, the Galilean satellites, and several asteroids as reflectors to measure the radial velocity of the Sun as a star and correlated this velocity with disc-integrated chromospheric and magnetic indexes of solar activity that are similar to stellar activity indexes. We discuss in detail the systematic effects that affect our measurements and the methods to account for them. Results: We find that the radial velocity of the Sun as a star is positively correlated with the level of its chromospheric activity at ~95 percent significance level. The amplitude of the long-term variation measured in the 2006-2014 period is 4.98 ± 1.44 m/s, which is in good agreement with model predictions. The standard deviation of the residuals obtained by subtracting a linear best fit is 2.82 m/s and is due to the rotation of the reflecting bodies and the intrinsic variability of the Sun on timescales shorter than the activity cycle. A correlation with a lower significance is detected between the radial velocity and the mean absolute value of the line-of-sight photospheric magnetic field flux density. Conclusions: Our results confirm similar correlations found in other late-type main-sequence stars and provide support to the predictions of radial velocity variations induced by stellar activity based on current models.

  1. New look at wave analogy for prediction of bubble terminal velocities

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    Maneri, C.C.

    1995-03-01

    The analogy between waves on the surface of an infinite fluid and bubbles rising in low-viscosity fluids of infinite extent, originally proposed by Mendelson for 3-D bubbles, has been used to predict the terminal velocity, of plane bubbles. In terms of its terminal velocity, a plane bubble rising in a rectangular duct of small aspect (spacing-to-width) ratio behaves as if it were a 3-D bubble rising in an infinite medium as long as the end walls (the walls in the width wise direction) are sufficiently far apart. As the end walls are moved toward each other, a wall effect is found to exist. A general expression for the terminal velocity of a bubble of any size rising in a rectangular duct including this wall effect is also developed based on the wave analogy and shown to compare well with existing data.

  2. Shear wave velocity structure of the Anatolian Plate and surrounding regions using Ambient Noise Tomography

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    Delph, J. R.; Beck, S. L.; Zandt, G.; Biryol, C. B.; Ward, K. M.

    2013-12-01

    The Anatolian Plate consists of various lithospheric terranes amalgamated during the closure of the Tethys Ocean, and is currently extruding to the west in response to a combination of the collision of the Arabian plate in the east and the roll back of the Aegean subduction zone in the west. We used Ambient Noise Tomography (ANT) at periods <= 40s to investigate the crust and uppermost mantle structure of the Anatolian Plate. We computed a total of 13,779 unique cross-correlations using one sample-per-second vertical component broadband seismic data from 215 stations from 8 different networks over a period of 7 years to compute fundamental-mode Rayleigh wave dispersion curves following the method of Benson et al. (2007). We then inverted the dispersion data to calculate phase velocity maps for 11 periods from 8 s - 40 s throughout Anatolia and the Aegean regions (Barmin et al. 2001). Using smoothed Moho values derived from Vanacore et al. (2013) in our starting models, we inverted our dispersion curves using a linear least-squares iterative inversion scheme (Herrmann & Ammon 2004) to produce a 3-D shear-wave velocity model of the crust and uppermost mantle throughout Anatolia and the Aegean. We find a good correlation between our seismic shear wave velocities and paleostructures (suture zones) and modern deformation (basin formation and fault deformation). The most prominent crustal velocity contrasts occur across intercontinental sutures zones, resulting from the juxtaposition of the compositionally different basements of the amalgamated terranes. At shallow depths, seismic velocity contrasts correspond closely with surficial features. The Thrace, Cankiri and Tuz Golu basins, and accretionary complexes related to the closure of the Neotethys are characterized by slow shear wave velocities, while the Menderes and Kirsehir Massifs, Pontides, and Istanbul Zone are characterized by fast velocities. We find that the East Anatolia Plateau has slow shear-wave velocities, as expected due to high heat flow and active volcanism. The Tuz Golu fault has a visible seismic signal down to ~15 km below sea level, and the eastern Inner-Tauride Suture corresponding to the Central Anatolian Fault Zone may extend into the mantle. The Isparta Angle separates the actively extending portion of western Anatolia from the plateau regions in the east, and the largest anomaly (slow velocities) extending into the upper mantle is observed under the western flank of the Isparta Angle, corresponding to the Fethiye-Burdur fault zone. We attribute these slow shear-wave velocities to the effects of complex deformations within the crust as a result of the interactions of the African and Anatolian Plates. In the upper mantle, slow shear-wave velocities are consistent with a slab tear along a STEP fault corresponding to the extensions of the Pliny and Strabo Transform faults, allowing asthenosphere to rise to very shallow depths. The upper mantle beneath the Taurides exhibits very slow shear-wave velocities, in agreement with possible delamination or slab-breakoff (Cosentino et al. 2012) causing rapid uplift in the last 8 million years.

  3. Superconducting twin quarter wave resonator for acceleration of low velocity heavy ions

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    Kabumoto, H.; Takeuchi, S.; Matsuda, M.; Ishizaki, N.; Otokawa, Y.

    2010-01-01

    We have designed and fabricated a superconducting twin quarter wave resonator (Twin-QWR) made of niobium and copper for the acceleration of low velocity heavy ions. The resonator has two inner conductors and three acceleration gaps, which give a resonant frequency of 129.8 MHz and an optimum beam velocity of 6% of the light velocity. Each inner conductor resonates like in a coaxial quarter-wave line resonator. The resonator was designed to have a separable structure so that we could treat the inner conductor's part fully made of high purity niobium apart from the outer conductor made of niobium and copper. We obtained an acceleration field gradient of 5.8 MV/m at an RF power input of 4 W.

  4. An experimental study on the correlation between the elastic wave velocity and microfractures in coal rock from the Qingshui basin

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    Feng, Zhou; Mingjie, Xu; Zhonggao, Ma; Liang, Cai; Zhu, Zhu; Juan, Li

    2012-12-01

    In order to study the impact of microfractures on the elastic wave velocity, multi-azimuth elastic wave velocity experiments were performed with coal rock samples under a confining pressure similar to the one in the buried coal strata of the Qinshui basin. The results indicate that (1) the microfractures in coal rock reduce the elastic wave velocity. In the experiments, the velocity was increased with a confining pressure. However, when the confining pressure was increased to 10 MPa, the velocity became stable because most of the microfractures in the coal rock samples were closed. (2) The elastic wave velocity is sensitive to the microfracture orientation in coal rock. The elastic wave propagates rapidly along the microfracture direction, while it propagates slowly perpendicular to the microfracture direction. This research provides the basic data to predict microfractures in coal rock.

  5. Rayleigh-Wave, Group-Velocity Tomography of the Borborema Province, NE Brazil, from Ambient Seismic Noise

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    Dias, Rafaela Carreiro; Julià, Jordi; Schimmel, Martin

    2015-06-01

    Ambient seismic noise has traditionally been regarded as an unwanted perturbation that "contaminates" earthquake data. Over the last decade, however, it has been shown that consistent information about subsurface structure can be extracted from ambient seismic noise. By cross-correlation of noise simultaneously recorded at two seismic stations, the empirical Green's function for the propagating medium between them can be reconstructed. Moreover, for periods less than 30 s the seismic spectrum of ambient noise is dominated by microseismic energy and, because microseismic energy travels mostly as surface-waves, the reconstruction of the empirical Green's function is usually proportional to the surface-wave portion of the seismic wavefield. In this paper, we present 333 empirical Green's functions obtained from stacked cross-correlations of one month of vertical component ambient seismic noise for different pairs of seismic stations in the Borborema Province of NE Brazil. The empirical Green's functions show that the signal obtained is dominated by Rayleigh waves and that dispersion velocities can be measured reliably for periods between 5 and 20 s. The study includes permanent stations from a monitoring seismic network and temporary stations from past passive experiments in the region, resulting in a combined network of 34 stations separated by distances between approximately 40 and 1,287 km. Fundamental-mode group velocities were obtained for all station pairs and then tomographically inverted to produce maps of group velocity variation. For short periods (5-10 s) the tomographic maps correlate well with surface geology, with slow velocities delineating the main rift basins (Potiguar, Tucano, and Recôncavo) and fast velocities delineating the location of the Precambrian São Francisco craton and the Rio Grande do Norte domain. For longer periods (15-20 s) most of the velocity anomalies fade away, and only those associated with the deep Tucano basin and the São Francisco craton remain. The fading of the Rio Grande do Norte domain fast-velocity anomaly suggests this is a supracrustal structure rather than a lithospheric terrain, and places new constraints on the Precambrian evolution of the Borborema Province.

  6. Developing regionalized models of lithospheric thickness and velocity structure across Eurasia and the Middle East from jointly inverting P-wave and S-wave receiver functions with Rayleigh wave group and phase velocities

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    Julia, J; Nyblade, A; Hansen, S; Rodgers, A; Matzel, E

    2009-07-06

    In this project, we are developing models of lithospheric structure for a wide variety of tectonic regions throughout Eurasia and the Middle East by regionalizing 1D velocity models obtained by jointly inverting P-wave and S-wave receiver functions with Rayleigh wave group and phase velocities. We expect the regionalized velocity models will improve our ability to predict travel-times for local and regional phases, such as Pg, Pn, Sn and Lg, as well as travel-times for body-waves at upper mantle triplication distances in both seismic and aseismic regions of Eurasia and the Middle East. We anticipate the models will help inform and strengthen ongoing and future efforts within the NNSA labs to develop 3D velocity models for Eurasia and the Middle East, and will assist in obtaining model-based predictions where no empirical data are available and for improving locations from sparse networks using kriging. The codes needed to conduct the joint inversion of P-wave receiver functions (PRFs), S-wave receiver functions (SRFs), and dispersion velocities have already been assembled as part of ongoing research on lithospheric structure in Africa. The methodology has been tested with synthetic 'data' and case studies have been investigated with data collected at an open broadband stations in South Africa. PRFs constrain the size and S-P travel-time of seismic discontinuities in the crust and uppermost mantle, SRFs constrain the size and P-S travel-time of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, and dispersion velocities constrain average S-wave velocity within frequency-dependent depth-ranges. Preliminary results show that the combination yields integrated 1D velocity models local to the recording station, where the discontinuities constrained by the receiver functions are superimposed to a background velocity model constrained by the dispersion velocities. In our first year of this project we will (i) generate 1D velocity models for open broadband seismic stations in the western half of the study area (Eurasia and the Middle East) and (ii) identify well located seismic events with event-station paths isolated to individual tectonic provinces within the study area and collect broadband waveforms and source parameters for the selected events. The 1D models obtained from the joint inversion will then be combined with published geologic terrain maps to produce regionalized models for distinctive tectonic areas within the study area, and the models will be validated through full waveform modeling of well-located seismic events recorded at local and regional distances.

  7. Seismic wave propagation through a low-velocity nuclear rubble zone

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    Larsen, S.; Harris, D.

    1993-10-01

    A 2-dimensional finite-difference code has been developed as part of the Hydroacoustic Nuclear Proliferation Monitoring Project (ST639). This code is used to model seismic and acoustic wave propagation in the Earth`s crust and oceanic water column. As a demonstration, we investigate the propagation of seismic energy through a low-velocity region corresponding to the rubble zone created by an underground nuclear explosion. The geometry of the simulated source and surface recording instruments is representative of a seismic refraction survey. The purpose of this numerical simulation is to determine perturbations in the seismic wave field due to the low velocity region (nuclear cavity) can be detected at the surface. Wave energy passing through the cavity is noticeably delayed, and is easily observed on cross-sections of the P and S wave fields. Synthetic seismograms recorded at the surface demonstrate an amplitude reduction and phase shift for those stations corresponding to ray-paths through the cavity. A significant fraction of energy is reflected off the low-velocity zone, and propagates as backward traveling waves.

  8. Evolution of microstructure and elastic wave velocities in dehydrated gypsum samples

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    Milsch, H.; Priegnitz, M.

    2012-04-01

    This study aims at contributing to the experimental database of changes in rock physical properties, particularly elastic wave velocities, induced by devolatilization reactions. Cylindrical samples of natural gypsum were dehydrated in air for up to 800 h at ambient pressure and temperatures between 378 and 423 K. Subsequently, the transformation kinetics, reaction induced changes in microstructure and porosity and the concurrent evolution of the sample P and S-wave velocities were constrained. Weighing the heated samples in predefined time intervals yielded the reaction progress where the stoichiometric mass balance indicated an ultimate dehydration to anhydrite regardless of temperature. Porosity was observed to continuously increase with reaction progress from approximately 2 % for fully hydrated samples to 30 % for completely dehydrated ones, whilst the initial bulk volume was preserved. In a first set, P-wave velocity was measured at ambient conditions with ultrasonic transducers indicating a linear decrease with porosity from 5.2 km/s at 2 % to 1.0 km/s at 30 %. Results of a second set of ultrasonic measurements for both P and S-waves will be presented as well aiming at a spatially resolved wave velocity dependence on microstructure. For P-waves three different effective medium models - Voigt, Wyllie (Reuss), and Nur - were compared to the data. The linear dependence of P-wave velocity on porosity observed is best represented by the Voigt bound. The Voigt bound, however, overestimates the measured values significantly. The Wyllie-Equation (the Reuss bound) does not replicate the linear decrease in P-wave velocity with porosity and generally underestimates the data. However, at porosities above approximately 25 % the agreement with measured values is excellent. The Nur-Model yields a nonlinear dependence but replicates the data best for model-inherent critical porosities between 0.25 and 0.3. Thin section micrographs taken on selected samples reveal a sharp reaction front progressively migrating sample inwards. SEM imaging confirmed this observation, additionally showing (1) that the cylindrical outer rim consists of a highly porous network within an anhydrite matrix and (2) that the remaining inner cylinder appears unaltered at 388 K whereas bassanite needles progressively turning into anhydrite can be found at 398 K.

  9. Interannual variations of total ozone and their relationship to variations of planetary wave activity

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    Fusco, A.C. . Center for Atmospheric Theory and Analysis); Salby, M.L. )

    1999-06-01

    Interannual variations of total ozone at midlatitudes of the Northern Hemisphere are shown to operate coherently wit h variations of upwelling planetary wave activity from the troposphere. Variations of upwelling wave activity, which modulate ozone transport and chemical production by the diabatic mean circulation of the stratosphere, account for much of the interannual variance of total ozone, including its systematic decline during the 1980s. Chemical depletion, enhanced by increasing halocarbon levels, accounts for the remainder of the midlatitude trend, consistent with values widely reported by chemical models that do not account for observed changes in upwelling planetary wave activity. Much of the chemical contribution comes from sharply enhanced depletion following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, during the final years of the satellite record. Incomplete representation of the 3--5-yr recovery toward normal aerosol and ozone after Pinatubo appears to distort the trend inferred from the overall satellite record to values that are unrepresentative of the rest of the record. The impact on ozone of interannual changes of upwelling planetary wave activity is evaluated in calculations with a three-dimensional model of stratospheric dynamics and photochemistry, which reproduce the magnitude and structure of observed interannual variations.

  10. Velocity Variations of the Kaskawulsh Glacier, Yukon Territory, 2009-2011

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    Darling, Samantha

    Laser altimetry and satellite gravity surveys indicate that the St Elias Icefields are currently losing mass and are among the largest non-polar sea level contributors in the world. However, a poor understanding of glacier dynamics in the region is a major hurdle in evaluating regional variations in ice motion and the relationship between changing surface conditions and ice flux. This study combines in-situ dGPS measurements and advanced Radarsat-2 (RS-2) processing techniques to determine daily and seasonal ice velocities for the Kaskawulsh Glacier from summer 2009 to summer 2011. Three permanent dGPS stations were installed along the centreline of the glacier in 2009, with an additional permanent station on the South Arm in 2010. The Precise Point Positioning (PPP) method is used to process the dGPS data using high accuracy orbital reconstruction. RS-2 imagery was acquired on a 24-day cycle from January to March 2010, and from October to March 2010-2011 in a combination of ultra-fine and fine beam modes. Seasonal velocity regimes are readily identifiable in the dGPS results, with distinct variations in both horizontal velocity and vertical motion. The Spring Regime consists of an annual peak in horizontal velocity that corresponds closely with the onset of the melt season and progresses up-glacier, following the onset of melt at each station. The Summer Regime sees variable horizontal velocity and vertical uplift, superimposed on a long-term decline in motion. The Fall Regime sees a gradual slowing at all stations with little variation in horizontal velocity or vertical position. Rapid but short accelerations lasting up to 10 days were seen in the Winter regimes in both 2010 and 2011, occurring at various times throughout each regime. These events initiated at the Upper Station and progress down-glacier at propagation speeds up to 16,380 m day-1 and were accompanied by vertical uplift lasting for similar periods. Three velocity maps, one from the winter of 2010 and two from the fall/winter of 2011, produced from speckle tracking were validated by comparison with dGPS velocity, surface flow direction, and bedrock areas of zero motion, with an average velocity error of 2.0% and average difference in orientation of 4.3°.

  11. A lithospheric velocity model for the flat slab region of Argentina from joint inversion of Rayleigh-wave dispersion and teleseismic receiver functions

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    Ammirati, J. B.; Alvarado, P. M.; Beck, S. L.

    2014-12-01

    Receiver Function (RF) analyses using teleseismic P waveforms is a technique to isolate P to S conversions from seismic discontinuities in the lithosphere. Using earthquakes with a good azimuthal distribution, RFs recorded at a three-component seismic station can be inverted to obtain detailed lithospheric velocity structures. The technique, however presents a velocity-depth trade-off, which results in a non-unique model because RFs do not depend on the absolute seismic velocities but rather on relative velocity contrasts. Unlike RF, surface wave dispersion is sensitive to the average shear-wave velocity which makes it well suited for studying long period variations of the lithospheric seismic velocities. We performed a joint inversion of RF and Rayleigh-wave phase velocity dispersion to investigate the structure beneath the SIEMBRA network, a 43-broadband-seismic-station array deployed in the Pampean flat slab region of Argentina. Our results indicate: 1) The presence of several mid-crustal discontinuities probably related with terrane accretion; 2) A high seismic velocity in the lower crust suggesting partial eclogitization; 3) A thicker crust (> 50 km) beneath the western Sierras Pampeanas with an abrupt change in the relative timing of the Moho signal indicating a thinner crust to the east; 4) The presence of the subducting oceanic crust lying at ~100 km depth. We then built a 1D regional velocity model for the flat slab region of Argentina and used it for regional moment tensor inversions for local earthquakes. This technique is notably dependent on small-scale variations of Earth structure when modeling higher frequency seismic waveforms. Eighteen regional focal mechanisms have been determined. Our solutions are in good agreement with GCMT source estimations although our solutions for deep earthquakes systematically resulted in shallower focal depths suggesting that the slab seismicity could be concentrated at the top of the subducting Nazca plate. Solutions corresponding to crustal events match well the geological observations from other studies.

  12. Upper mantle structure of central and West Antarctica from array analysis of Rayleigh wave phase velocities

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    Heeszel, David S.; Wiens, Douglas A.; Anandakrishnan, Sridhar; Aster, Richard C.; Dalziel, Ian W. D.; Huerta, Audrey D.; Nyblade, Andrew A.; Wilson, Terry J.; Winberry, J. Paul

    2016-03-01

    The seismic velocity structure of Antarctica is important, both as a constraint on the tectonic history of the continent and for understanding solid Earth interactions with the ice sheet. We use Rayleigh wave array analysis methods applied to teleseismic data from recent temporary broadband seismograph deployments to image the upper mantle structure of central and West Antarctica. Phase velocity maps are determined using a two-plane wave tomography method and are inverted for shear velocity using a Monte Carlo approach to estimate three-dimensional velocity structure. Results illuminate the structural dichotomy between the East Antarctic Craton and West Antarctica, with West Antarctica showing thinner crust and slower upper mantle velocity. West Antarctica is characterized by a 70-100 km thick lithosphere, underlain by a low-velocity zone to depths of at least 200 km. The slowest anomalies are beneath Ross Island and the Marie Byrd Land dome and are interpreted as upper mantle thermal anomalies possibly due to mantle plumes. The central Transantarctic Mountains are marked by an uppermost mantle slow-velocity anomaly, suggesting that the topography is thermally supported. The presence of thin, higher-velocity lithosphere to depths of about 70 km beneath the West Antarctic Rift System limits estimates of the regionally averaged heat flow to less than 90 mW/m2. The Ellsworth-Whitmore block is underlain by mantle with velocities that are intermediate between those of the West Antarctic Rift System and the East Antarctic Craton. We interpret this province as Precambrian continental lithosphere that has been altered by Phanerozoic tectonic and magmatic activity.

  13. Second sound shock waves and critical velocities in liquid helium 2. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Turner, T. N.

    1979-01-01

    Large amplitude second-sound shock waves were generated and the experimental results compared to the theory of nonlinear second-sound. The structure and thickness of second-sound shock fronts are calculated and compared to experimental data. Theoretically it is shown that at T = 1.88 K, where the nonlinear wave steepening vanishes, the thickness of a very weak shock must diverge. In a region near this temperature, a finite-amplitude shock pulse evolves into an unusual double-shock configuration consisting of a front steepened, temperature raising shock followed by a temperature lowering shock. Double-shocks are experimentally verified. It is experimentally shown that very large second-sound shock waves initiate a breakdown in the superfluidity of helium 2, which is dramatically displayed as a limit to the maximum attainable shock strength. The value of the maximum shock-induced relative velocity represents a significant lower bound to the intrinsic critical velocity of helium 2.

  14. Development a polymer-based electronic pulse diagnosis instrument for measuring and analyzing pulse wave velocity.

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    Chou, Hsi-Chiang; Lin, Kai-Jie; Fang, Yun-Xiang; Liou, Jia-Fu

    2015-01-01

    A novel pulse-diagnosis system was proposed in this study for measuring pulse wave velocities. In contrast with most conventional mechanical, rigid-type pulse diagnosis instruments such as pressure transducers and microactuators, a conductive elastic polymer was adopted as the sensor material. The soft and formability properties of such material enabled fabricating a flexible pulse diagnosis instrument. In addition, the flexible design was integrated with a contemporary, wrist-type pulse-wave acquisition system to ensure stable measurements. Closely related to the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, pulse wave velocity was analyzed in applications to verify the feasibility of this system. Regarding signal processing, the cun, guan, and chi pulse signals obtained through the data acquisition device were sent to the LabVIEW platform for reconstructing the pulse waveforms. Finally, the results of 20 measured samples were compared and analyzed to evaluate the level of system performance. PMID:26684574

  15. Condition assessment of PC tendon duct filling by elastic wave velocity mapping.

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    Liu, Kit Fook; Chai, Hwa Kian; Mehrabi, Nima; Yoshikazu, Kobayashi; Shiotani, Tomoki

    2014-01-01

    Imaging techniques are high in demand for modern nondestructive evaluation of large-scale concrete structures. The travel-time tomography (TTT) technique, which is based on the principle of mapping the change of propagation velocity of transient elastic waves in a measured object, has found increasing application for assessing in situ concrete structures. The primary aim of this technique is to detect defects that exist in a structure. The TTT technique can offer an effective means for assessing tendon duct filling of prestressed concrete (PC) elements. This study is aimed at clarifying some of the issues pertaining to the reliability of the technique for this purpose, such as sensor arrangement, model, meshing, type of tendon sheath, thickness of sheath, and material type as well as the scale of inhomogeneity. The work involved 2D simulations of wave motions, signal processing to extract travel time of waves, and tomography reconstruction computation for velocity mapping of defect in tendon duct. PMID:24737961

  16. Condition Assessment of PC Tendon Duct Filling by Elastic Wave Velocity Mapping

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    Liu, Kit Fook; Mehrabi, Nima; Yoshikazu, Kobayashi; Shiotani, Tomoki

    2014-01-01

    Imaging techniques are high in demand for modern nondestructive evaluation of large-scale concrete structures. The travel-time tomography (TTT) technique, which is based on the principle of mapping the change of propagation velocity of transient elastic waves in a measured object, has found increasing application for assessing in situ concrete structures. The primary aim of this technique is to detect defects that exist in a structure. The TTT technique can offer an effective means for assessing tendon duct filling of prestressed concrete (PC) elements. This study is aimed at clarifying some of the issues pertaining to the reliability of the technique for this purpose, such as sensor arrangement, model, meshing, type of tendon sheath, thickness of sheath, and material type as well as the scale of inhomogeneity. The work involved 2D simulations of wave motions, signal processing to extract travel time of waves, and tomography reconstruction computation for velocity mapping of defect in tendon duct. PMID:24737961

  17. A reappraisal of surface wave group velocity tomography in the Subantarctic Scotia Sea and surrounding ridges

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    Vuan, A.; Sugan, M.; Plasencia Linares, M. P.

    2014-12-01

    A reappraisal of surface wave tomography in the remote Scotia Sea region and surrounding ridges is presented. New group velocity dispersion curves were obtained from local and regional earthquakes recorded at permanent Antarctic stations from 2001 to 2013 and used to update the measurements reported by Vuan et al. (2000). Rayleigh and Love group velocity maps for periods ranging from 15 to 50 s were retrieved using a tomographic inversion. The group velocity anomalies are clearly associated with the major crustal and upper mantle features of the Antarctic, Scotia and South American plates. The updated dataset allows for considerable decrease of the correlation length of the crustal heterogeneities that can be resolved, especially in the west Scotia Sea, central Scotia Sea and Bransfield Basin. Surface wave tomography results were compared with CRUST 1.0 group velocity maps and revealed specific areas where more detailed information is made available by our regional study. In particular, low group velocity anomalies of the Bransfield Strait rifting and continental fragments that are detached from the Antarctic Peninsula and spreading along the South Scotia ridge are not shown by the reference CRUST 1.0 model. A comparison between the average seismic velocities beneath the west and central Scotia Sea shows that both have an oceanic-type structure; however, the crust of the central sea is thicker (12-14 km) and slower than that of the 20 Ma old western sea.

  18. Hybrid Control of an Euler-Bernoulli Beam Using Direct Velocity Feedback and Wave-Filter-Based Active Wave Control

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    Iwamoto, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Nobuo; Hill, Simon G.

    Active wave control strategy enables the inactivation of vibration mode, which is valid for suppressing the vibration of a distributed parameter structure. However, when active wave control is applied, new vibration modes are produced in the uncontrolled region. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes a novel control strategy based on a hybrid combination of direct velocity feedback (DVFB) and active wave control. The two control methods have complementary qualities; DVFB is for improving the stability, and active wave control is for its unique control effects. First, a transfer matrix method in the Laplace domain is introduced to describe wave propagation phenomena of an Euler-Bernoulli beam. Then the wave filtering method which uses point sensors is presented. Based on the filtering method, the characteristic equation and control laws of the reflected wave absorbing control are derived. Next, the independence of the two control methods in the proposed hybrid control system is investigated by a numerical simulation. This is followed by the discussion of the stability problem of the hybrid control system via a Nyquist diagram method and three types of root loci. Finally, the control effects of the proposed control system are presented, demonstrating the validity of the proposed method.

  19. Seasonal variation in concentration, size, and settling velocity of muddy marine flocs in the benthic boundary layer

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    Fettweis, Michael; Baeye, Matthias

    2015-08-01

    Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) concentration profiles of the lowest 2 m of the water column and particle size distribution at 2 m above the bed were measured in a coastal turbidity maximum area (southern North Sea) during more than 700 days between 2006 and 2013. The long-term data series of SPM concentration, floc size, and settling velocity have been ensemble averaged according to tidal range, alongshore residual flow direction, and season, in order to investigate the seasonal SPM dynamics and its relation with physical and biological processes. The data show that the SPM is more concentrated in the near-bed layer in summer, whereas in winter, the SPM is better mixed throughout the water column. The decrease of the SPM concentration in the water column during summer is compensated by a higher near-bed concentration indicating that a significant part of the SPM remains in the area during summer rather than being advected out of it. The opposite seasonality between near-bed layer and water column has to our knowledge not yet been presented in literature. Physical effects such as wave heights, wind climate, or storms have a weak correlation with the observed seasonality. The argument to favor microbial activity as main driver of the seasonality lies in the observed variations in floc size and settling velocity. On average, the flocs are larger and thus settling velocities higher in summer than winter.

  20. Variation of Crustal Shear Velocity Structure Along the Eastern Lau Back-Arc Spreading Center Constrained By Seafloor Compliance

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    Zha, Y.; Webb, S. C.; Dunn, R. A.

    2014-12-01

    Measurements of seafloor compliance, the deformation under long period (typically 30-300 s) ocean wave forcing, are primarily sensitive to crustal shear velocity structure. We analyze seafloor compliance from data collected from a subset of 50 broadband Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBS) deployed at the Eastern Lau spreading center (ELSC) from 2009 to 2010. The ELSC is a 400-km-long back-arc spreading center lying closely to the Tonga subduction trench in the southwestern Pacific. Seafloor morphology, crustal seismic structure and lava composition data show rapid variations along the ridge as the ridge migrates away from the volcanic arc front to the north, indicating a decreasing influence of the subducting slab. We calculate seafloor compliance functions by taking the spectral transfer function between the vertical displacement and pressure signal recorded by the 4-component OBSs, which are equipped with differential pressure gauges (DPGs). In the ridge perpendicular direction, compliance amplitude vary by more than an order of magnitude from the ridge crest to older seafloor covered by sediment. Along the spreading ridge, compliance measured from on-axis sites increases southwards, indicative of a decrease in the upper crustal shear velocity possibly due to increasing porosity and a thickening extrusive layer [Jacobs et al., 2007; Dunn et al., 2013]. We apply a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to invert the compliance functions for crustal shear velocities at various locations along the ELSC.

  1. Explicit use of the Biot coefficient in predicting shear-wave velocity of water-saturated sediments

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    Lee, M.W.

    2006-01-01

    Predicting the shear-wave (S-wave) velocity is important in seismic modelling, amplitude analysis with offset, and other exploration and engineering applications. Under the low-frequency approximation, the classical Biot-Gassmann theory relates the Biot coefficient to the bulk modulus of water-saturated sediments. If the Biot coefficient under in situ conditions can be estimated, the shear modulus or the S-wave velocity can be calculated. The Biot coefficient derived from the compressional-wave (P-wave) velocity of water-saturated sediments often differs from and is less than that estimated from the S-wave velocity, owing to the interactions between the pore fluid and the grain contacts. By correcting the Biot coefficients derived from P-wave velocities of water-saturated sediments measured at various differential pressures, an accurate method of predicting S-wave velocities is proposed. Numerical results indicate that the predicted S-wave velocities for consolidated and unconsolidated sediments agreewell with measured velocities. ?? 2006 European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.

  2. Identification of Upper--Mantle Velocity and Anisotropy Structures Beneath the Archean Superior Province Using Surface Waves

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    Sol, S.; Thomson, C. J.; Kendall, J.; Snell, C.; White, D.

    2004-05-01

    The Canadian Archean Western Superior Province (WSP) is composed of a number of east--west trending subprovinces progressing in age from south to north. Lithoprobe's Western Superior Transect aimed to better understand the significance of such geological architecture for Archean tectonics and included a portable broadband teleseismic array to complement conventional crustal geophysical studies. This N--S array of 17 instruments traversed subprovince boundaries and involved two more stations further north in the Trans--Hudson orogen (THO). Body wave teleseismic tomography and shear--wave splitting analysis have suggested the existence of laterally--varying lithospheric--mantle structures that may be associated with frozen Archean oceanic lithosphere and a high degree of anisotropy. In order to acquire additional constraints on this interesting lower--lithospheric environment we have examined surface waves from high--magnitude teleseismic events in two stages: a standard dispersion analysis along two near--orthogonal paths and a Love and Rayleigh polarization study. The W--E path was examined by incorporating data from CNSN station ULM. Variations in 15--80s Rayleigh fundamental mode group and phase velocities for S--N propagation indicate that the linear profile is best treated in three segments reflecting changes in lithospheric structure. Corresponding shear--wavespeed models inferred from independent isotropic inversions of Love (20--70s) and Rayleigh fundamental phase velocity are broadly coherent with the coincident R/WAR model of Musacchio et al. (in press, JGR, 2004). Both studies indicate crustal thinning moving northward (from 45 to 39 km), faster velocities in the E--W direction and the presence of a thin anisotropic high--velocity layer just below the Moho. While this layer is detected along the E--W path and in the middle and northern parts of the N--S line, there is no surface--wave indication of it in the southern section. It has been interpreted as a relic of oceanic lithosphere accreted during the Kenoran orogeny. Anisotropy is suggested both by comparing the observed Rayleigh phase velocities along the orthogonal paths and by a Rayleigh/Love discrepancy in each of the N--S and E--W isotropic inversions. In fact, inspection of the Rayleigh/Love particle motions in various frequency bands for surface--waves arriving from various azimuths brings into question the assumptions in isotropic analysis. Indicators such as quasi--Love waves and Love elliptical particle motion are seen at most of the stations. Numerical modelling indicates that plausible uppermost--mantle anisotropy has the potential to explain such observatons, especially given the large SKS splitting along the main array. Interestingly, despite a null SKS splitting result at the far north THO station BPW, surface--wave polarizations there provide evidence of significant anisotropy. Overall, the surface--wave data reinforce other techniques suggesting significant lateral variations and anisotropy in the WSP, with the upper 200km of the lithosphere capable of accounting for most of the latter. A true areal array extending across the WSP can be expected to reveal major structures.

  3. Estimation of the wave height from the sea surface velocity measured by Along-Track interferometry SAR

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    Kojima, S.

    2014-12-01

    NICT developed the along-track interferometry SAR (AT-InSAR) system to detect the cars and ships and measure its speed in 2011. The preliminary experiments for the running truck and ship were performed to check its function and capability of the moving targets detection. As a result, it was confirmed that the system performance was satisfactory to its specifications. In this paper, to estimate the distribution of the wave height from SAR images observed by the AT-InSAR precisely, the relationship between the wave height and the sea surface velocity measured by the AT-InSAR was clarified and a method to estimate the wave height from the measured sea surface velocity was developed. In addition, to check the capability of the ocean waves observation by the AT-InSAR, the preliminary observation for the ocean waves was performed. To estimate the wave height from the sea surface velocity, the relationship between the velocity in the sight direction and the wave height was formulated. From this formulation, it was clarified that the phase of the velocity in the sight direction is shifted to -1/2πfor the phase of the wave height. To estimate the distribution of the wave height, the wave surface velocity was estimated by subtracting the average velocity from the estimated sea surface velocity. The spectra of the wave surface velocity were calculated by 2D FFT and the spectra of the wave height were estimated from the spectra of the wave surface velocity. The distribution of the wave height was calculated from the spectra of the wave height by 2D inverse FFT. To check the capability of this wave height estimation method, I observed the sea surface by the AT-InSAR. The observation area is the sea surface at 3 km off the coast of Ooarai, north-east to Tokyo, JAPAN. The analysis area is about 2 km square. The incident angle at the center of the SAR image was 55 degrees. The sea state condition was a calm during the observation. The observation was performed in 2 directions and the accuracy of the estimation results were checked. The significant wave height and period measured by the AT-InSAR agreed with it measured by the wave gage located close to this observation area. In addition, there were no irregular wave heights in the distribution of the estimated wave height. As a result, it was confirmed that the AT-InSAR could observe the wave height in a calm sea.

  4. Azimuthal anisotropy of the crust and uppermost mantle in northeast North China Craton from inversion of Rayleigh wave phase velocity

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    Chen, Haopeng; Zhu, Liangbao; Ye, Qingdong; Wang, Qingdong; Yang, Yinghang; Zhang, Pan

    2015-07-01

    We imaged the azimuthal anisotropy of Rayleigh wave phase velocity (10-60 s) in northeast North China Craton using the teleseismic data recorded by a dense temporary array, and then inverted for the 3-D azimuthal anisotropy of the crust and uppermost mantle (20-110 km). The results reveal that the azimuthal anisotropy varies both horizontally and vertically. Obvious stratified azimuthal anisotropy is shown in the Central Orogenic Belt, where the fast direction is NE-SW to NNE-SSW in the depth range of 20-40 km and changes to NW-SE to NWW-SEE in the depth range of 60-110 km. In the depth range of 30-40 km, a prominent low velocity belt is shown on the southwest of Zhangjiakou-Penglai fault zone (ZPFZ) and the fast direction is subparallel to the strike of the low velocity belt. Distinct lateral variations of azimuthal anisotropy are clearly shown at 110 km. Our results provide new evidence for the existence of upwelling asthenosphere beneath the Datong volcano and support the assumption that ZPFZ may act as the channel of upwelling asthenosphere. Historical strong earthquakes (M ? 6.0) mainly occurred in the transition zone between low and high velocity anomalies in the upper and middle crust. The upwelling asthenosphere may prompt the generation of large earthquake.

  5. Shear wave velocity structure of the Anatolian Plate: anomalously slow crust in southwestern Turkey

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    Delph, Jonathan R.; Biryol, C. Berk; Beck, Susan L.; Zandt, George; Ward, Kevin M.

    2015-07-01

    The Anatolian Plate is composed of different lithospheric blocks and ribbon continents amalgamated during the closure of the Paleotethys Ocean and Neotethys Ocean along a subduction margin. Using ambient noise tomography, we investigate the crustal and uppermost mantle shear wave velocity structure of the Anatolian Plate. A total of 215 broad-band seismic stations were used spanning 7 yr of recording to compute 13 778 cross-correlations and obtain Rayleigh wave dispersion measurements for periods between 8 and 40 s. We then perform a shear wave inversion to calculate the seismic velocity structure of the crust and uppermost mantle. Our results show that the overall crustal shear wave velocities of the Anatolian crust are low (˜3.4 km s-1), indicative of a felsic overall composition. We find that prominent lateral seismic velocity gradients correlate with Tethyan suture zones, supporting the idea that the neotectonic structures of Turkey are exploiting the lithospheric weaknesses associated with the amalgamation of Anatolia. Anomalously slow shear wave velocities (˜3.15 km s-1 at 25 km) are located in the western limb of the Isparta Angle in southwestern Turkey. In the upper crust, we find that these low shear wave velocities correlate well with the projected location of a carbonate platform unit (Bey Dağlari) beneath the Lycian Nappe complex. In the lower crust and upper mantle of this region, we propose that the anomalously slow velocities are due to the introduction of aqueous fluids related to the underplating of accretionary material from the underthrusting of a buoyant, attenuated continental fragment similar to the Eratosthenes seamount. We suggest that this fragment controlled the location of the formation of the Subduction-Transform Edge Propagator fault in the eastern Aegean Sea during rapid slab rollback of the Aegean Arc in early Miocene times. Lastly, we observe that the uppermost mantle beneath continental Anatolia is generally slow (˜4.2 km s-1), indicating higher than usual temperatures consistent with the influx of asthenosphere to shallow depths as a result of the segmentation and break-up of the subducting African lithosphere.

  6. Deep Mantle Large Low Shear-Wave Velocity Provinces: Principally Thermal Structures?

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    Davies, R.; Goes, S. D. B.

    2014-12-01

    The two large low shear-wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs) that dominate lower-mantle structure may hold key information on Earth's thermal and chemical evolution. It is generally accepted that these provinces are hotter than background mantle and are likely the main source of mantle plumes. Increasingly, it is also proposed that they hold a dense (primitive and/or recycled) compositional component. The principle evidence that LLSVPs may represent thermo-chemical `piles' comes from seismic constraints, including: (i) their long-wavelength nature; (ii) sharp gradients in shear-wave velocity at their margins; (iii) non-Gaussian distributions of deep mantle shear-wave velocity anomalies; (iv) anti-correlated shear-wave and bulk-sound velocity anomalies (and elevated ratios between shear- and compressional-wave velocity anomalies); (v) anti-correlated shear-wave and density anomalies; and (vi) 1-D/radial profiles of seismic velocity that deviate from those expected for an isochemical, well-mixed mantle. In addition, it has been proposed that hotspots and the reconstructed eruption sites of large igneous provinces correlate in location with LLSVP margins. Here, we review recent results, which indicate that the majority of these constraints do not require thermo-chemical piles: they are equally well (or poorly) explained by thermal heterogeneity alone. Our analyses and conclusions are largely based on comparisons between imaged seismic structure and synthetic seismic structures from a set of thermal and thermo-chemical mantle convection models, which are constrained by 300 Myr of plate motion histories. Modelled physical structure (temperature, pressure and composition) is converted into seismic velocities via a thermodynamic approach that accounts for elastic, anelastic and phase contributions and, subsequently, a tomographic resolution filter is applied to account for the damping and geographic bias inherent to seismic imaging. Our results indicate that, in terms of large-scale seismic structure and dynamics, these two provinces are predominantly thermal features and, accordingly, that chemical heterogeneity is largely a passive component of lowermost mantle dynamics.

  7. Magnetic antenna excitation of whistler modes. III. Group and phase velocities of wave packets

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    Urrutia, J. M.; Stenzel, R. L.

    2015-07-01

    The properties of whistler modes excited by single and multiple magnetic loop antennas have been investigated in a large laboratory plasma. A single loop excites a wavepacket, but an array of loops across the ambient magnetic field B0 excites approximate plane whistler modes. The single loop data are measured. The array patterns are obtained by linear superposition of experimental data shifted in space and time, which is valid in a uniform plasma and magnetic field for small amplitude waves. Phasing the array changes the angle of wave propagation. The antennas are excited by an rf tone burst whose propagating envelope and oscillations yield group and phase velocities. A single loop antenna with dipole moment across B0 excites wave packets whose topology resembles m = 1 helicon modes, but without radial boundaries. The phase surfaces are conical with propagation characteristics of Gendrin modes. The cones form near the antenna with comparable parallel and perpendicular phase velocities. A physical model for the wave excitation is given. When a wave burst is applied to a phased antenna array, the wave front propagates both along the array and into the plasma forming a "whistler wing" at the front. These laboratory observations may be relevant for excitation and detection of whistler modes in space plasmas.

  8. Variations of the pole motion velocity and their correlation with variations of the E.A.M. function in the period 1985 - 1987.

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    Nastula, J.

    The variations of the pole motion velocity in the years 1085 - 87 have been analysed. The velocity of pole motion was computed from x, y of CSR and of IRIS data as well as from the atmospheric equatorial effective angular momentum (E.A.M.) function ? data. The correlation between the variations of pole motion velocity and the E.A.M. function has been investigated.

  9. Shear wave velocity and radial anisotropy along the Rio Grande rift

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    Li, A.; Fu, Y. V.

    2011-12-01

    We have determined shear wave velocity and radial anisotropy beneath the Rio Grande rift by analyzing ambient seismic noise recorded at the USArray Transportable Array in New Mexico. The results reveal a variable degree of lithosphere extension along the rift. Magma chambers are imaged as significant low velocity anomalies under the Albuquerque volcano in the shallow crust and beneath Socorro in the mid-crust. The central and southern rift is characterized by high velocity anomaly in the lower crust and uppermost mantle, reflecting residual materials after the extraction of melt, and by strong radial anisotropy with VSH > VSV in the mid to lower crust, implying horizontal alignment of crustal minerals due to the vigorous extensional deformation. However, low velocity anomaly and small radial anisotropy are observed in the rift in northern New Mexico, suggesting the presence of partial melt in the lower crust and uppermost mantle and a weak lithosphere extension.

  10. Study of the dynamic behavior of earthflows through the analysis of shear wave velocity in the landslide's body

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    Bertello, Lara

    2015-04-01

    Over the first year of my PhD, I carried out a literature search about earthflows features and dynamics and conducted periodic ReMi-MASW campaigns to assess the temporal variation of shear velocity for several landslides that were recently reactivated. Literature search was conducted to review recent works related to shear wave velocity as an indicator for rheological changes in clay materials (Mainsant et al., 2012). From January to August 2014 I carried out numerous ReMi-MASW surveys to characterize several active earthflows in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines. I did these measures both inside and outside the landslide's bodies, usually during the first ten days after the reactivation. At first, these measures indicate low shear waves velocity inside the landslide and high velocity outside. This is due to the different consistence of the materials, to the different water content and to the void index. Then I repeated the measures over time in the same places on the same landslide, in order to detect the variability of Vs over time in correlations with the landslide's movements. Periodic ReMi-MASW survey were conducted on the following landslides: • The Montevecchio (FC) earthflow was reactivated the 1th of February 2014 (estimated volume of 240.000 m³) and increased the movement's velocity around the 7th of February 2014, after intense precipitations. Analyzing the data collected inside the landslide's body, I observed an increase of Vs over time, due to the decrease of landslide velocity; • The Silla (BO) complex landslide reactivated the 10th of February 2014 (estimated volume of 900.000 m³), and moved downslope with a maximum velocity in the order of several m/hour. Studying the data, it is possible to notice how the Vs increase over time only in the lower portion of the landslide. In fact the upper portion is still active, so the Vs remained unchanged over time. • the Puzzola-Grizzana Morandi (BO) complex landslide. This landslide was reactivated the 10th of February 2014 involving about 5000 m³ of materials. Analyzing the data collected inside the landslide's body, I observed an increase of Vs over time, due to the decrease of landslide velocity and, probability, to the remedial works carried out after the reactivation; • The Mozuno (BO) rotational landslide. This landslide was reactivated around the first day of March 2014. The data collected show a decrease of Vs variability, due to an increase of fractures near the main scarp; • The Borgo Val di Taro (PR) complex landslide. This landslide was reactivated during the night between the 9th and the 10th of February 2014 with a maximum velocity around 40m/d. The data collected show an increase of Vs, due to the slowing of the movements and the consolidation of landslide material; • The Camugnano (BO) transitional landslide. The reactivation of this landslide was around the 15th of March 2014. Analyzing the data collected inside the landslide's body, I noted an increase of Vs over time, due to the slowing of the movements; • The Zattaglia-Poggio Zampiroli (BO) transitional landslide. The reactivation of the landslide occurred on the 9th of February 2014. The data show really different values of Vs in relation to the landslide's portion investigated and show an increase of Vs over time. In all these cases, the measures taken outside the landslide's body do not show a significant Vs variability, because the material are not involved in the landslide's movements. Preliminary results from field data clearly show that the variation of the shear wave velocity with time is related to the movements of the landslides and to the different consistence of the materials.

  11. The characteristics and implications of Pn and Sn wave velocities beneath the offshore area of eastern Taiwan, Gagua Ridge and the West Philippine Basin

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    Huang, Y.; Wang, S.; Lee, C.

    2013-12-01

    Four large offshore events with the local magnitude from 5.0 to 6.0 in northeastern Taiwan were well recorded by total 28 short-period OBSs (Ocean Bottom Seismometer) which were deployed as a linear array at a station-to-station distance of about 15 km in the West Philippine Basin during the Leg 4 of TAIGER (TAiwan Integrated GEodynamics Research) MCS/OBS (Multi-Channel Seismic/Ocean Bottom Seismometer) experiment in 2009. Not only the 4 large events but also more than 40 earthquakes with the local magnitude larger than 3.0 occurred in the offshore region from northeastern Taiwan to southeastern Taiwan were recorded as well. The data provides a good opportunity for investigating the characteristics and discussing the implications of Pn and Sn wave velocities beneath the offshore area of eastern Taiwan, Gagua Ridge and the West Philippine Basin. The results support that: 1. The Pn and Sn wave velocities beneath the investigated area are 7.85 km/sec and 4.46 km/sec on average. 2. The Pn velocities display lateral variations, they are slower in the northern part and faster in the southern part in this area and the velocities can be from 7.8 to 8.2 km/sec. However, the Sn velocities do not display similar variations, it implies the change of Poisson's ratio; the cause may be temperature or fluid. 3. The variation from azimuth could be an effect to influence observed Pn wave velocity, it implies that the velocity structure for locating earthquakes which occur in this area must be more complicated than the one which is often used.

  12. Three-dimensional Shear Wave Velocity Structure of The Upper Mantle Below Antarctica

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    Danesi, S.; Morelli, A.

    We measure fundamental-mode Rayleigh and Love surface wave group dispersion curves from seismograms recorded by stations in the Antarctic continent and neigh- boring lands at latitude below -30. Our growing regional dataset is merged with the global dataset of phase velocity measurements by Ekström et al. (1997, JGR 102, 8137-8157). Our inversion procedure is divided in two steps. The first is a linear to- mographic inversion of the dispersion measurements to model laterally heterogeneous group velocity at different periods. Wave slowness is parameterized by spline interpo- lation on a geographical grid, with knots equally spaced by 250 km in an orthographic projection. For each point in these maps we then compute the vertical profile of shear wave velocity vs. depth by iterative nonlinear inversion. Crustal properties are as- sumed to be known and follow the CRUST2.0 model (Bassin et al., 2000, EOS Trans AGU, 81 F897). The resulting vS model shows intense negative anomalies under oceanic ridges, at least down to 150 km. The strongest values are related to young oceanic crust near rapidly opening ridges. Shallow low velocity anomalies characterize volcanic provinces and hot-spots in Marie Byrd Land, Ross Sea, Kerguelen, Balleny and South Sandwich archipelagoes. Only few slow anomalies reach depths below 150km (West Antarctica, Ross Sea and the triple junction among Southeast Pacific-South Pacific- Indian Ridges). The East Antarctica archean craton has deep, fast (cold) continental roots reaching at least 200km in depth.

  13. Plane-wave diffraction at the periodically corrugated boundary of vacuum and a negative-phase-velocity material.

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    Depine, Ricardo A; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2004-05-01

    Considering the diffraction of a plane wave by a periodically corrugated half-space, we show that the transformation of the refracting medium from positive (negative) phase velocity to negative (positive) phase velocity type has an influence on the diffraction efficiencies. This effect increases with increasing corrugation depth, owing to the presence of evanescent waves in the troughs of the corrugated interface. PMID:15244981

  14. Poroelastic Wave Propagation With a 3D Velocity-Stress-Pressure Finite-Difference Algorithm

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    Aldridge, D. F.; Symons, N. P.; Bartel, L. C.

    2004-12-01

    Seismic wave propagation within a three-dimensional, heterogeneous, isotropic poroelastic medium is numerically simulated with an explicit, time-domain, finite-difference algorithm. A system of thirteen, coupled, first-order, partial differential equations is solved for the particle velocity vector components, the stress tensor components, and the pressure associated with solid and fluid constituents of the two-phase continuum. These thirteen dependent variables are stored on staggered temporal and spatial grids, analogous to the scheme utilized for solution of the conventional velocity-stress system of isotropic elastodynamics. Centered finite-difference operators possess 2nd-order accuracy in time and 4th-order accuracy in space. Seismological utility is enhanced by an optional stress-free boundary condition applied on a horizontal plane representing the earth's surface. Absorbing boundary conditions are imposed on the flanks of the 3D spatial grid via a simple wavefield amplitude taper approach. A massively parallel computational implementation, utilizing the spatial domain decomposition strategy, allows investigation of large-scale earth models and/or broadband wave propagation within reasonable execution times. Initial algorithm testing indicates that a point force density and/or moment density source activated within a poroelastic medium generates diverging fast and slow P waves (and possibly an S-wave)in accord with Biot theory. Solid and fluid particle velocities are in-phase for the fast P-wave, whereas they are out-of-phase for the slow P-wave. Conversions between all wave types occur during reflection and transmission at interfaces. Thus, although the slow P-wave is regarded as difficult to detect experimentally, its presence is strongly manifest within the complex of waves generated at a lithologic or fluid boundary. Very fine spatial and temporal gridding are required for high-fidelity representation of the slow P-wave, without inducing excessive numerical dispersion. However, this wave attenuates extremely rapidly when appreciable fluid viscosity (even for water) is assigned. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram science and engineering facility operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  15. Seismic wave velocity of rocks in the Oman ophiolite: constraints for petrological structure of oceanic crust

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    Saito, S.; Ishikawa, M.; Shibata, S.; Akizuki, R.; Arima, M.; Tatsumi, Y.; Arai, S.

    2010-12-01

    Evaluation of rock velocities and comparison with velocity profiles defined by seismic refraction experiments are a crucial approach for understanding the petrological structure of the crust. In this study, we calculated the seismic wave velocities of various types of rocks from the Oman ophiolite in order to constrain a petrological structure of the oceanic crust. Christensen & Smewing (1981, JGR) have reported experimental elastic velocities of rocks from the Oman ophiolite under oceanic crust-mantle conditions (6-430 MPa). However, in their relatively low-pressure experiments, internal pore-spaces might affect the velocity and resulted in lower values than the intrinsic velocity of sample. In this study we calculated the velocities of samples based on their modal proportions and chemical compositions of mineral constituents. Our calculated velocities represent the ‘pore-space-free’ intrinsic velocities of the sample. We calculated seismic velocities of rocks from the Oman ophiolite including pillow lavas, dolerites, plagiogranites, gabbros and peridotites at high-pressure-temperature conditions with an Excel macro (Hacker & Avers 2004, G-cubed). The minerals used for calculations for pillow lavas, dolerites and plagiogranites were Qtz, Pl, Prh, Pmp, Chl, Ep, Act, Hbl, Cpx and Mag. Pl, Hbl, Cpx, Opx and Ol were used for the calculations for gabbros and peridotites. Assuming thermal gradient of 20° C/km and pressure gradient of 25 MPa/km, the velocities were calculated in the ranges from the atmospheric pressure (0° C) to 200 MPa (160° C). The calculation yielded P-wave velocities (Vp) of 6.5-6.7 km/s for the pillow lavas, 6.6-6.8 km/s for the dolerites, 6.1-6.3 km/s for the plagiogranites, 6.9-7.5 km/s for the gabbros and 8.1-8.2 km/s for the peridotites. On the other hand, experimental results reported by Christensen & Smewing (1981, JGR) were 4.5-5.9 km/s for the pillow lavas, 5.5-6.3 km/s for the dolerites, 6.1-6.3 km/s for the plagiogranites, 6.5-7.7 km/s for the gabbros and 6.3-7.9 km/s for the peridotites. Although the two results are broadly comparable to each other for plagiogranites and gabbros, the calculated velocities are considerably higher than the experimental ones for pillow lavas, dolerites and peridotites. The discrepancy for the pillow lavas and dolerites can be attributed to the presence of pore-spaces in the experimental samples. On the other hand, serpentinization of peridotite samples likely resulted in lower velocities in experiments than in calculation. We compared our results with Vp structure of the oceanic crust and mantle (White et al. 1992, JGR). The calculated Vp of peridotites and gabbros are comparable to those of mantle and layer-3, respectively. The calculated Vp of dolerites is comparable to layer-3 and considerably higher than layer-2 velocities. However, recent deep drilling results (Holes 504B and 1256D) indicate the seismic layer-2 of oceanic crust mainly composed of dolerites, which is consistent with the experimental P-wave velocities of dolerites (Christensen & Smewing, 1981, JGR). These results imply that the velocity structure of seismic layer-2 reflects the distribution of pore-spaces in the upper oceanic crust.

  16. Laboratory measurement of elastic-wave velocity, associated dispersion, attenuation and particle resonance

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    Molyneux, Joseph Benedict

    Laboratory velocity measurements are an integral component of solid earth seismic investigations. Typically, ultrasonic measurements from centimeter scale plug samples are used to model large sections of the crust, core and mantle. By using the laboratory determined velocities, the seismic arrival time can more accurately calibrate spatial physical properties of the solid-earth. A semi-automated picking procedure is presented which determines the velocity measured from recorded ultrasonic pulses propagated through laboratory samples. This procedure is quicker and more consistent than the standard hand picking method, allowing larger data sets to be accurately investigated. Furthermore, a series of common velocity analyses are compared to the physical properties of phase and group velocity in an attenuating medium of glycerol saturated glass bead packs (Q ˜ 3). It is found that the velocity determined from the first break of the waveform (signal velocity) is up to 13% different from group and phase velocities. This illustrates that signal velocity is unsuitable to determine rock properties in highly attenuating media. Also, greater than 81% velocity dispersion is observed when the dominant propagating wavelength is comparable to the bead size. More surprisingly, on propagation of the broad band input signal a bimodal amplitude spectrum becomes apparent. The low frequency peak is consistent with standard attenuation, whereas the high frequency peak is related to resonance of either the constituent beads or the interbead fluid cavity. Such resonance partitions energy of the main incoming signal. This phenomenon represents a new and fundamental attenuation mechanism that should be considered in many wave-propagation experiments.

  17. Numerical simulation of attenuation and group velocity of guided ultrasonic wave in grouted rock bolts

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    Cui, Y.; Zou, D. H.

    2006-08-01

    In this paper, the guided ultrasonic wave propagating in grouted rock bolts was simulated with finite element method. An 800 mm partially grouted cylindrical rock bolt model was created. Dynamic input signals with frequency from 25 to 100 kHz were used to excite ultrasonic wave. The simulated waveform, group velocity and amplitude ratio matched well with the experimental results. This model made it possible to study the behaviour of the guided waves in the grouted bolt along its central axis. Analysis of the simulated results showed that the group velocity in grouted rock bolts is constant along the grouted length, and the boundary effect on the group velocity is negligible. This paper also presents methods to determine the attenuation coefficient from simulation and to determine the boundary effect on attenuation at the bolt ends. The analysis showed that the attenuation of the guided wave propagating inside the grouted bolts is similar to the theoretical solution in steel bar with infinite length. After correction for the boundary effects the grout length of a grouted rock bolt can be determined using the measured attenuation, with sufficient accuracy.

  18. Effect of phase transitions on compressional-wave velocities in the Earth's mantle.

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    Li, Li; Weidner, Donald J

    2008-08-21

    The velocities of seismic waves in the Earth are governed by the response of the constituent mineral assemblage to perturbations in pressure and stress. The effective bulk modulus is significantly lowered if the pressure of the seismic wave drives a volume-reducing phase transformation. A comparison between the amount of time required by phase transitions to reach equilibrium and the sampling period thus becomes crucial in defining the softening and attenuation of compressional waves within such a two-phase zone. These phenomena are difficult to assess experimentally, however, because data at conditions appropriate to the Earth's deep interior are required. Here we present synchrotron-based experimental data that demonstrate softening of the bulk modulus within the two-phase loop of olivine-ringwoodite on a timescale of 100 s. If the amplitude of the pressure perturbation and the grain size are scaled to those expected in the Earth, the compressional-wave velocities within the discontinuities at 410, 520 and, possibly, 660 km are likely to be significantly lower than otherwise expected. The generalization of these observations to aluminium-controlled phase transitions raises the possibility of large velocity perturbations throughout the upper 1,000 km of the mantle. PMID:18719587

  19. Climatic variations of the ionospheric absorption of radio waves in the short-wave range

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    Nestorov, G.; Pancheva, D.; Danilov, A. D.

    1991-12-01

    Variations of radio-wave absorption were measured with the A3 method on a France-Bulgaria path during 1959-1986, and a systematic increase of this absorption was found. It is shown that the most probable cause of this increase is a decrease of atmospheric temperature in the mesopause region by 5 K over the time period considered.

  20. PICASSO: Shear velocities in the Western Mediterranean from Rayleigh Wave tomography

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    Palomeras, I.; Thurner, S.; Levander, A.

    2012-12-01

    The Western Mediterranean has been affected by complex subduction and slab rollback, simultaneously with compression due to African-European convergence. The deformed region occupies a wide area from the intra-continental Atlas mountain belt in Morocco to the southern Iberian Massif in Spain. Evolutionary models of the Western Mediterranean invoke extensive slab rollback and compression in the Cenozoic, as well as likely upper mantle delamination scenarios during formation of the Alboran domain, the Betics, Rif, and Atlas Mountains. PICASSO (Program to Investigate Convective Alboran Sea System Overturn) is a multidisciplinary, international investigation of the Alboran System and surrounding areas. In this study we have analyzed data from the 95 PICASSO broadband stations with data from the Spanish IberArray and Siberia Array in Spain and Morocco, the University of Muenster array in the Atlas Mountains and the permanent Spanish and Portuguese networks. We present Rayleigh wave tomography results made from 168 teleseimic events recorded by 237 stations from April 2009 to April 2011. We measured Rayleigh phase velocities using the two-plane-wave method to remove complications due to multi-pathing, and finite-frequency kernels to improve lateral resolution. Phase velocities were then inverted for shear velocity structure on a grid of 0.5 by 0.5 degree to form a well-resolved 3D shear velocity model to 230 km depth. Our results show low S-velocities (2.9 km/s) in the crust beneath the Gibraltar Strait. Low upper mantle S-velocities are mapped beneath the Middle and High Atlas at ~60 km depth suggesting an elevated asthenosphere beneath these young mountain belts, in agreement with receiver functions analysis (Thurner et al, this session). Beneath the Western Alboran Sea, upper-mantle velocities change laterally from high velocities (>4.5 km/s) in the east to lower velocities to the west (~4.3 km/s). The Rayleigh wave tomography is consistent with P-tomography that shows a high velocity slab sinking vertically beneath the western Alboran Sea (Bezada et al., this session).

  1. Shear wave velocity estimation in the metropolitan area of Málaga (S Spain)

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    Clavero, D.; Rosa-Cintas, S.; López-Casado, C.; Delgado, J.; Galiana-Merino, J. J.

    2014-10-01

    We carry out a seismic noise study based on array measurements at three sites in the Málaga basin, South Spain, for the further estimation of shear wave velocity profiles. For this purpose, we use both the H/V method and the f-k technique in order to characterize the different materials present in the zone, i.e., Quaternary sediments and Pliocene sedimentary rocks above the bedrock. The H/V analysis shows frequency peaks going from 1 Hz, in areas close to the border of the basin, to 0.3 Hz in places located toward the center of the formation. The f-k analysis allows obtaining the dispersion curves associated with each site and subsequently, estimating the Vs profiles by inversion of the respective group velocities. In this way, the basin basement can be characterized by S-wave velocities greater than 2000 m/s. Regarding the basin fill, it is divided into three layers defined by different wave velocity intervals. The shallowest one is featured by velocities ranging from 150 to 400 m/s and comprises the Quaternary sediments, while velocities going from 550-700 to1200-1600 m/s characterize the two underlying layers composed by Pliocene sediments. Finally, the information provided by the three Vs profiles is integrated in a 2D cross-section of the basin to have a spatial view of its sedimentary structure. The results obtained here, in addition to providing useful information about the infill of the basin near the metropolitan area of Málaga, will be very helpful for future seismic zonation studies in the region.

  2. DETERMINATION OF ELASTIC WAVE VELOCITY AND RELATIVE HYPOCENTER LOCATIONS USING REFRACTED WAVES. I. METHODOLOGY.

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    Shedlock, Kaye M.; Roecker, Steven W.

    1985-01-01

    An arrival time difference method utilizing refracted arrivals from earthquakes in a homogeneous, layered earth model has been developed for the simultaneous determination of near-source (in situ) velocity and relative locations of earthquakes. The method is particularly applicable when analyzig data from arrays in which most of the recording stations are far (i. e. , several focal depths) from a group of events. This iterative scheme locates earthquakes relative to a master event and performs an inversion for in situ velocity using a generalized inverse-least squares estimation procedure.

  3. Variation of velocity profile according to blood viscosity in a microfluidic channel

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    Yeom, Eunseop; Kang, Yang Jun; Lee, Sang-Joon

    2014-11-01

    The shear-thinning effect of blood flows is known to change blood viscosity. Since blood viscosity and motion of red blood cells (RBCs) are closely related, hemorheological variations have a strong influence on hemodynamic characteristics. Therefore, understanding on the relationship between the hemorheological and hemodynamic properties is importance for getting more detailed information on blood circulation in microvessels. In this study, the blood viscosity and velocity profiles in a microfluidic channel were systematically investigated. Rat blood was delivered in the microfluidic device which can measure blood viscosity by monitoring the flow-switching phenomenon. Velocity profiles of blood flows in the microchannel were measured by using a micro-particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique. Shape of velocity profiles measured at different flow rates was quantified by using a curve-fitting equation. It was observed that the shape of velocity profiles is highly correlated with blood viscosity. The study on the relation between blood viscosity and velocity profile would be helpful to understand the roles of hemorheological and hemodynamic properties in cardiovascular diseases. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP) (No. 2008-0061991).

  4. Discovery of a surface wave velocity anomaly in the West Sea of South Korea

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    Cho, Kwang Hyun

    2014-01-01

    Imaging of Rayleigh- and Love-wave velocities is very important in detecting geophysical anomalies within the earth. Surface wave velocity imaging studies using ambient noise have provided enhanced and detailed images of velocity anomalies for sedimentary basins, hotspots, and volcanoes in various regions of the Earth (Yang et al., 2008). Cross-correlations of ambient noises observed from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) seismic network provide the short-period Rayleigh-and Love-wave dispersion characteristics of the Korean Peninsula (Cho et al., 2007). Signal whitening and multiple-filter analysis are used to equalise power in signals from different times before noise processing, such as cross-correlation and stacking to extract group velocities from the estimated Green's functions, which are then used to image the spatially varying dispersion at periods between 1 and 5 s. The analysis method and data used in this paper are the same as those of Cho et al. (2007) except for the addition of the dataset of a new station, HUK. However, this paper notes that Rayleigh- and Love-wave velocity images in short periods show a very different group velocity image for the north-eastern area of the HUK station because additional data was analysed. This velocity anomaly corresponds with the residual anomaly of gravity tomography obtained in prior studies (Yu and Min, 2005; Kim and Oh, 2007). Our results show that a fracture zone concerning the Permo-Triassic collision (Choi et al., 2006; Kwon et al., 2009) exists below the north-eastern sea of the HUK station. In addition, recent studies (de Ridder and Dellinger, 2011; de Ridder and Biondi, 2013; Mordret et al., 2011, 2013a, 2013b, 2013c; Bussat and Kugler, 2011) regarding ambient noise tomography in hydro-carbon fields show that the anomaly might have resulted from the hydro-carbon reservoir. In the near future, the ambient noise tomography (ANT) method can replace seismic survey dominantly using body waves to find oil and gas reservoirs.

  5. S-wave velocity images of the Dead Sea Basin provided by ambient seismic noise

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    Badal, José; Chen, Yun; Chourak, Mimoun; Stankiewicz, Jacek

    2013-10-01

    Based on passive seismic interferometry applied to ambient seismic noise recordings between station pairs belonging to a small-scale array, we have obtained shear wave velocity images of the uppermost materials that make up the Dead Sea Basin. We extracted empirical Green's functions from cross-correlations of long-term recordings of continuous data, and measured inter-station Rayleigh wave group velocities from the daily correlation functions for positive and negative correlation time lags in the 0.1-0.5 Hz bandwidth. A tomographic inversion of the travel times estimated for each frequency is performed, allowing the laterally varying 3-D surface wave velocity structure below the array to be retrieved. Subsequently, the velocity-frequency curves are inverted to obtain S-wave velocity images of the study area as horizontal depth sections and longitude- and latitude-depth sections. The results, which are consistent with other previous ones, provide clear images of the local seismic velocity structure of the basin. Low shear velocities are dominant at shallow depths above 3.5 km, but even so a spit of land with a depth that does not exceed 4 km is identified as a salt diapir separating the low velocities associated with sedimentary infill on both sides of the Lisan Peninsula. The lack of low speeds at the sampling depth of 11.5 km implies that there are no sediments and therefore that the basement is near 10-11 km depth, but gradually decreasing from south to north. The results also highlight the bowl-shaped basin with poorly consolidated sedimentary materials accumulated in the central part of the basin. The structure of the western margin of the basin evidences a certain asymmetry both whether it is compared to the eastern margin and it is observed in north-south direction. Infill materials down to ˜8 km depth are observed in the hollow of the basin, unlike what happens in the north and south where they are spread beyond the western Dead Sea shore.

  6. Shear-wave velocity structure of the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula from Rayleigh wave analysis

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    Corchete, V.; Chourak, M.

    2011-10-01

    In this study, we present the lithospheric structure of the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula by means of a set of 2D images of shear velocity, for depths ranging from 0 to 50 km. This goal will be attained by means of the inversion of the Rayleigh wave dispersion. For it, the traces of 25 earthquakes occurred on the neighbouring of the study area, from 2001 to 2003, will be considered. These earthquakes have been registered by 11 broadband stations located on Iberia. All seismic events have been grouped in source zones to get an average dispersion curve for each source-station path. The dispersion curves have been measured for periods between 2 and 45 s, by combination of two digital filtering techniques: Multiple Filter Technique and Time Variable Filtering. The resulting set of source-station averaged dispersion curves has been inverted according to the generalized inversion theory, to get S-wave velocity models for each source-station path. Later, these models have been interpolated using the method of kriging, to obtain a 2D mapping of the S-wave velocity structure for the south-eastern part of Iberia. The results presented in this paper show that the techniques used here are a powerful tool to investigate the crust and upper mantle structure, through the dispersion analysis and its inversion to obtain shear velocity distributions with depth. By means of this analysis, principal structural features of the south-eastern part of Iberia, such as the existence of lateral and vertical heterogeneity in the whole study area, or the location of the Moho discontinuity at 30 km of depth (with an average S-velocity of uppermost mantle of 4.7 km/s), have been revealed. Other important structural features revealed by this analysis have been that the uppermost of Iberian massif shows higher velocity values than the uppermost of the Alpine domain, indicating that the massif is old and tectonically stable. The average velocity of the crust in Betic cordillera is of 3.5 km/s, while in the Iberian massif is 3.7 km/s. All these features are in agreement with the geology and other previous geophysical studies.

  7. Seasonal variation of solitary wave properties in Lake Constance

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    Preusse, M.; Freistühler, H.; Peeters, F.

    2012-04-01

    The properties of internal solitary waves (ISWs) depend on the stratification of the water body. In most climatic regions the stratification in lakes and oceans varies during the year, and hence the properties of the ISWs can also be expected to change over the seasons. On the basis of a long-term temperature time series recorded over 6 years, this paper investigates seasonal changes in the characteristic properties of ISWs in Lake Überlingen, a subbasin of Lake Constance. A large number of ISWs with amplitudes ranging from 3 m to 30 m were identified. More than 15% of the leading ISWs of a wave train were associated with density inversions, often indicating shear instabilities or trapped cores. For all waves the propagation depth and the value of a nonlinearity index nlp providing the degree of nonlinearity were determined, propagation depth being the rest height of the isotherm undergoing maximum displacement and nlp the ratio between wave amplitude and propagation depth. The index nlp was found to be a good parameter for predicting the occurrence of inversions. The statistical analysis of the wave properties derived from the observations revealed that the degree of nonlinearity of the ISWs changes with season. Complementary to the statistical analysis, the seasonally averaged ISW properties were compared with wave prototypes obtained numerically from the Dubreil-Jacotin-Long (DJL) and the stratified Korteweg-deVries (KdV) models. The simulations indicate that the typical stratification and its seasonal variation are responsible for the degree and the seasonality of nonlinearity of the ISWs.

  8. Correlation of the 410 km Discontinuity Low Velocity Layer with Tomographic Wavespeed Variations

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    Zhang, Z.; Dueker, K. G.

    2010-12-01

    The transition zone water-filter model predicts that a hydrous melt layer at the 410-km discontinuity is only actively produced in upwelling region, and does not exist in downwelling region (Bercovici and Karato, 2003). This prediction has been tested by stacking of P-S receiver functions using the RISTRA linear array which crosses west-Texas, New Mexico and Utah. The receiver functions are binned into the NW, SE, SW azimuthal quadrants and stacked to produce well-resolved images of the 410- and 660-km discontinuities. The three receiver function quadrant stack images find a correlation between the occurrence of negative polarity 410-km low velocity layer arrival and the teleseismic body wave velocity tomogram of Schmandt and Humphreys (2010); the 410 low velocity layer arrival is absent where the velocities about the 410 km discontinuity are relatively high and present where the velocities are low. Our finding is consistent with a simple interpretation of the transition zone water filter model which predicts the production of a hydrous melt layer where upflow of sufficiently hydrated transition zone mantle occurs and destruction of a hydrous melt layer where there is downflow. We test this prediction by analyzing the Colorado Rockies Experiment and Seismic Transects (CREST) seismic data which was collected in 2008-2009. This 15 month deployment of 59 CREST stations in tandem with 31 Transportable Array stations yields a total of 161 Mb>5.5 events at 30°-95° distances. The P-S receiver functions are calculated using a multi-channel deconvolution methodology and filtered with a 30-3 s post-deconvolution filter. The receiver function dataset contains about 1800 SV components after RMS, cross-correlation, and visual data quality culling. Common conversion point images are constructed using Pds timing correction from a 3-D upper mantle tomography model (McCarthy and Aster, pers. com.) to account for lateral P/S velocity heterogeneity.

  9. The effect of superluminal phase velocity on electron acceleration in a powerful electromagnetic wave

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    Robinson, A. P. L.; Arefiev, A. V.; Khudik, V. N.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we examine the effect that electromagnetic dispersion has on the motion of an electron in a relativistically strong plane wave. We obtain an analytic solution for the electron momentum and check this solution against direct numerical integration of the equations of motion. The solution shows that even a relatively small difference between the phase velocity of the wave, vp, and the speed of light, c, can significantly alter the electron dynamics if the normalized wave amplitude a0 exceeds ?{2 c /(vp-c ) } . At this amplitude, the maximum longitudinal electron momentum scales only linearly with a0, as opposed to a02 . We also show that at this amplitude the impact of an accelerating longitudinal electric field and electron pre-acceleration is negated by the superluminous phase velocity of the wave. This has implications for the potential of Direct Laser Acceleration of electrons. We point out that electromagnetic dispersion can arise from both propagation in a plasma and from propagating the laser in what is effectively a wave-guiding structure, and that this latter source of dispersion is likely to be more significant.

  10. Flute mode waves near the lower hybrid frequency excited by ion rings in velocity space

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    Cattell, C.; Hudson, M.

    1982-01-01

    Discrete emissions at the lower hybrid frequency are often seen on the S3-3 satellite. Simultaneous observation of perpendicularly heated ions suggests that these ions may provide the free energy necessary to drive the instability. Studies of the dispersion relation for flute modes excited by warm ion rings in velocity space show that waves are excited with real frequencies near the lower hybrid frequency and with growth rates ranging from about 0.01 to 1 times the ion cyclotron frequency. Numerical results are therefore consistent with the possibility that the observed ions are the free energy source for the observed waves.

  11. Comparison of pulse wave velocity assessed by three different techniques: Arteriograph, Complior, and Echo-tracking.

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    Mihalcea, Diana J; Florescu, Maria; Suran, Berenice M C; Enescu, Oana A; Mincu, Raluca I; Magda, Stefania; Patrascu, Natalia; Vinereanu, Dragos

    2016-04-01

    Arterial stiffness estimated by pulse wave velocity (PWV) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although recommended by the current guidelines, clinical applicability of this parameter is difficult, due to differences between the various techniques used to measure it and to biological variability. Our aim was to compare PWV assessed by 3 different commercially available systems. 100 subjects (51 ± 16 years, 45 men) were evaluated using the 3 methods: an oscillometric technique (Arteriograph, PWV-A); a piezo-electric method (Complior, PWV-C); and an high-resolution ultrasound technique implemented with an Echo-tracking system (Aloka, PWV-E). Conventional biological markers were measured. Correlations of PWV measured by the 3 methods were poor (r = 0.39, r = 0.39, and r = 0.31 for PWV-A vs. PWV-C, PWV-A vs. PWV-E, and PWV-C vs. PWV-E, respectively, all p < 0.05). By Bland-Altman analysis, mean difference (±SD) of PWV-A vs. PWV-C was -1.9 ± 2.0 m/s, of PWV-A vs. PWV-E -3.6 ± 1.9 m/s, and of PWV-C vs. PWV-E -2.7 ± 1.9 m/s, with a wide coefficient of variation (22.3, 25.7, and 25.7 %, respectively). As expected, PWV-A, PWV-C, and PWV-E correlated with other arterial stiffness parameters, such as intima-media thickness (r = 0.22, r = 0.22, and r = 0.36, respectively), E p (r = 0.37, r = 0.26, and r = 0.94, respectively), and augmentation index measured by Arteriograph method (r = 0.66, r = 0.35, and r = 0.26, respectively); all p < 0.05. Assessment of PWV is markedly dependent on the technique used to measure it, related to various methods for measuring traveled distance of the arterial wave. Our results suggest the urgent need to establish reference values of PWV for each of these techniques, separately, to be used in routine clinical practice. PMID:25633054

  12. Variation of SRS Backscattering Due to Ion Acoustic Wave Damping

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    Salcedo, A.; Ram, A. K.; Bers, A.

    1998-11-01

    Recent experiments have shown that suppressing stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) by increasing the damping of the ion-acoustic wave leads to an increase in stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) backscattering. We study the saturation of backscattering in SRS due to its nonlinear coupling to the Langmuir Decay Interaction (LDI). As we have shown, under appropriate conditions, the rapid saturation of LDI by spatiotemporal chaos (STC) leads to the saturation of the SRS backscattering.(A. K. Ram et al., in Proceedings of the 21st EPS Conference), Montpellier, France, 1994, Vol. III, pp. 1460--1463. We find that for a given laser intensity, as the ion-acoustic wave damping is increased, the STC in the electron plasma wave (EPW) in SRS broadens and increases in amplitude, leading to an increase in the SRS backscattering. Simulation results will be presented showing the space-time correlation function of the saturated EPW due to STC in LDI, and its variation with the damping of the ion-acoustic wave. The resultant SRS backscattering is calculated for both homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas.

  13. Inversion of surface wave data for shear wave velocity profiles: Case studies of thick buried low-velocity layers in Malta

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    Farrugia, Daniela; Paolucci, Enrico; D'Amico, Sebastiano; Galea, Pauline

    2015-04-01

    The islands composing the Maltese archipelago (Central Mediterranean) are characterised by a four layer sequence of limestones and clays, with the Lower Coralline Limestone being the oldest exposed layer. The hard Globigerina Limestone (GL) overlies this layer and is found outcropping in the eastern part of Malta and western part of Gozo. The rest of the islands are characterised by Upper Coralline Limestone (UCL) plateaus and hillcaps covering a soft Blue Clay (BC) layer which can be up to 75 m thick. Thus the BC layer introduces a velocity inversion in the stratigraphy, and makes the Vs30 parameter not always suitable for seismic microzonation purposes. Such a layer may still produce amplification effects, however would not contribute to the numerical mean of Vs in the upper 30m. Moreover, buildings are being increasingly constructed on this type of geological foundation. Obtaining the shear wave (Vs) profiles of the different layers around the islands is the first step needed for a detailed study of local seismic site response. A survey of Vs in each type of lithology and around the islands has never been undertaken. Array measurements of ambient noise using vertical geophones were carried out at six sites in Malta and one in Gozo, characterised by the buried low-velocity layer. The array was set up in an L-shaped configuration and the Extended Spatial Autocorrelation (ESAC) technique was used to extract Rayleigh wave dispersion curves. The effective dispersion curve obtained at all the sites exhibited a 'normal' dispersive trend (i.e. velocity decreases with increasing frequency) at low frequencies, followed by an inverse dispersive trend at high frequencies. Such a shape can be tentatively explained in terms of the presence of higher mode Rayleigh waves, which are generally present when a stiff layer overlies a softer layer. Additionally a series of three-component ambient noise measurements were taken at each of the sites and H/V curves obtained. The lithological sequence gives rise to a ubiquitous peak between 1 and 2 Hz which is observed in all the studied sites and is in agreement with studies previously done on the islands. The H/V curve and the Rayleigh wave dispersion curve were then jointly inverted using a genetic algorithm, considering higher modes, so that the Vs profiles are obtained. All the curves were well fitted and the 10 final profiles extracted in each process show a good agreement especially in the velocity and thickness of the BC layer, emphasizing the sensitivity of the curves to this layer. Regional differences were observed for the velocities in the UCL and BC, e.g. highly fractured UCL demonstrates a lower Vs. The Vs in the clay also varied according to the depth of burial of the clay, clearly increasing from a surface outcrop of BC to a deeply buried layer. This could essentially be linked to the effective pressure caused by the UCL overburden which makes the BC more compact and having a higher Vs. Comparisons are also done with one particular site in Malta where the BC layer is not present in the geological sequence.

  14. An anisotropic shear velocity model of the Earth's mantle using normal modes, body waves, surface waves and long-period waveforms

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    Moulik, P.; Ekström, G.

    2014-12-01

    We use normal-mode splitting functions in addition to surface wave phase anomalies, body wave traveltimes and long-period waveforms to construct a 3-D model of anisotropic shear wave velocity in the Earth's mantle. Our modelling approach inverts for mantle velocity and anisotropy as well as transition-zone discontinuity topographies, and incorporates new crustal corrections for the splitting functions that are consistent with the non-linear corrections we employ for the waveforms. Our preferred anisotropic model, S362ANI+M, is an update to the earlier model S362ANI, which did not include normal-mode splitting functions in its derivation. The new model has stronger isotropic velocity anomalies in the transition zone and slightly smaller anomalies in the lowermost mantle, as compared with S362ANI. The differences in the mid- to lowermost mantle are primarily restricted to features in the Southern Hemisphere. We compare the isotropic part of S362ANI+M with other recent global tomographic models and show that the level of agreement is higher now than in the earlier generation of models, especially in the transition zone and the lower mantle. The anisotropic part of S362ANI+M is restricted to the upper 300 km in the mantle and is similar to S362ANI. When radial anisotropy is allowed throughout the mantle, large-scale anisotropic patterns are observed in the lowermost mantle with vSV > vSH beneath Africa and South Pacific and vSH > vSV beneath several circum-Pacific regions. The transition zone exhibits localized anisotropic anomalies of ˜3 per cent vSH > vSV beneath North America and the Northwest Pacific and ˜2 per cent vSV > vSH beneath South America. However, small improvements in fits to the data on adding anisotropy at depth leave the question open on whether large-scale radial anisotropy is required in the transition zone and in the lower mantle. We demonstrate the potential of mode-splitting data in reducing the trade-offs between isotropic velocity and anisotropy in the lowermost mantle for the even-degree variations. Spurious anisotropic variations in the mid-mantle are also suppressed with the addition of mode-splitting data.

  15. Lithospheric structure beneath Eastern Africa from joint inversion of receiver functions and Rayleigh wave velocities

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    Dugda, Mulugeta Tuji

    Crust and upper mantle structure beneath eastern Africa has been investigated using receiver functions and surface wave dispersion measurements to understand the impact of the hotspot tectonism found there on the lithospheric structure of the region. In the first part of this thesis, I applied H-kappa stacking of receiver functions, and a joint inversion of receiver functions and Rayleigh wave group velocities to determine the crustal parameters under Djibouti. The two methods give consistent results. The crust beneath the GEOSCOPE station ATD has a thickness of 23+/-1.5 km and a Poisson's ratio of 0.31+/-0.02. Previous studies give crustal thickness beneath Djibouti to be between 8 and 10 km. I found it necessary to reinterprete refraction profiles for Djibouti from a previous study. The crustal structure obtained for ATD is similar to adjacent crustal structure in many other parts of central and eastern Afar. The high Poisson's ratio and Vp throughout most of the crust indicate a mafic composition, suggesting that the crust in Afar consists predominantly of new igneous rock emplaced during the late synrift stage where extension is accommodated within magmatic segments by diking. In the second part of this thesis, the seismic velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Ethiopia and Djibouti has been investigated by jointly inverting receiver functions and Rayleigh wave group velocities to obtain new constraints on the thermal structure of the lithosphere. Crustal structure from the joint inversion for Ethiopia and Djibouti is similar to previously published models. Beneath the Main Ethiopian Rift (MER) and Afar, the lithospheric mantle has a maximum shear wave velocity of 4.1-4.2 km/s and extends to a depth of at most 50 km. In comparison to the lithosphere away from the East African Rift System in Tanzania, where the lid extends to depths of ˜100-125 km and has a maximum shear velocity of 4.6 km/s, the mantle lithosphere under the Ethiopian Plateau appears to have been thinned by ˜30-50 km and the maximum shear wave velocity reduced by ˜0.3 km/s. Results from a 1D conductive thermal model suggest that the shear velocity structure of the lithosphere beneath the Ethiopian Plateau can be explained by a plume model, if a plume rapidly thinned the lithosphere by ˜30--50 km at the time of the flood basalt volcanism (c. 30 Ma), and if warm plume material has remained beneath the lithosphere since then. About 45-65% of the 1-1.5 km of plateau uplift in Ethiopia can be attributed to the thermally perturbed lithospheric structure. In the final part of this thesis, the shear-wave velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Kenya has been obtained from a joint inversion of receiver functions, and Rayleigh wave group and phase velocities. The crustal structure from the joint inversion is consistent with crustal structure published previously by different authors. The lithospheric mantle beneath the East African Plateau in Kenya is similar to the lithosphere under the East African Plateau in Tanzania. Beneath the Kenya Rift, the lithosphere extends to a depth of at most ˜75 km. The lithosphere under the Kenya Plateau is not perturbed when compared to the highly perturbed lithosphere beneath the Ethiopian Plateau. On the other hand, the lithosphere under the Kenya Rift is perturbed as compared to the Kenya Plateau or the rest of the East African Plateau, but is not as perturbed as the lithosphere beneath the Main Ethiopian Rift or the Afar. Although Kenya and Ethiopia have similar uplift and rifting histories, they have different volcanic histories. Much of Ethiopia has been affected by the Afar Flood Basalt volcanism, which may be the cause of this difference in lithospheric structure between these two regions.

  16. Three-dimensional P and S wave velocity structures of southern Peru and their tectonic implications

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    Cunningham, Paul S.; Roecker, Steven W.; Hatzfeld, Denis

    1986-01-01

    Arrival times of compressional and shear (S) waves from microearthquakes recorded in 1981 by an 18-station regional array are used to study the three-dimensional velocity structure of the crust and upper mantle of the central Andes. The data suggest a crustal thickness of about 40 km beneath the coast, increasing to about 70 km beneath the Cordillera Occidental. The inverse correlation between the dip in the Moho and the dip of the slab may indicate a broad-scale causal relation between the two. S wave velocities in the mantle between 70 and 130 km depth above the 30-degree dipping slab are low, possibly indicating the presence of a partially melted asthenosphere that may be responsible for the magmatic activity recorded in southern Peru.

  17. Age-specific nomogram of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity in Japanese adolescents.

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    Miyai, Nobuyuki; Utsumi, Miyoko; Gowa, Yoshiaki; Igarashi, Yuko; Miyashita, Kazuhisa; Takeda, Shintaro; Arita, Mikio

    2013-01-01

    To obtain data on the brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) distribution during adolescence, a total of 3215 Japanese adolescents ranging from 12 to 18 years of age were studied. The brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity increased substantially with age and was significantly higher in males than in females. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that age, weight, and systolic and diastolic blood pressures were the major determinants of baPWV for both genders. Age-specific centile curves of baPWV were constructed for males and females by regression curve analysis. The proposed distribution curves of baPWV and its derived cutoff values may allow the atherosclerotic risk profile among adolescents of different ages to be more precisely estimated. PMID:22680041

  18. Influence of pressure on permeability and elastic wave velocities in macro- and micro-fractured rock

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    Meredith, Philip; Nara, Yoshitaka; Yoneda, Tetsuro; Kaneko, Katsuhiko

    2010-05-01

    Long-term integrity is required for many sub-surface structures excavated in the rock mass; such as repositories for radioactive wastes and caverns for the storage of liquid petroleum gas and natural gas. An essential requirement for long-term integrity is to retard the migration of fluids into and through these structures. In crustal rocks, fracture and pore networks provide the principal pathways for fluid flow. However, if fractures and pores are closed or sealed, the migration of fluids can be retarded. Thus it is important to study the process of fracture and pore closure. Here, we report changes in the fluid permeability and P- and S-wave velocities of intact, macro-fractured, and micro-fractured rock sample subjected to elevated effective pressures. In order to investigate the influence of pressure on the closure of macro-fractures and micro-fractures, we used a rock sample with no visible pre-existing cracks and very low initial permeability. For this reason, Seljadur basalt (SB) from Iceland was chosen as the sample material. SB is a fresh, columnar-jointed, intrusive basalt with a porosity of 4 % and no visible microcracks. Permeability was measured in a servo-controlled permeameter using the steady-state flow method. The permeameter is equipped with transducers that allow the simultaneous measurement of P- and S-wave velocities. The wave velocities were measured by the ultrasonic transmission method. Measurements of permeability and elastic wave velocities were first made on intact samples. The Brazil test technique was then used to split the samples in half to provide macro-fractured sample for further testing. Measurments of permeability and elastic wave velocities were then made on the macro-fractured sample in order to investigate the effect of fracture closure. Then, we heated the macro-fractured sample at 800 degree Celsius in order to produce micro-fractures in the sample and conducted further measurements of permeability and wave velocities. It was shown that the permeability of intact SB was low and remains essentially constant over the whole effective pressure range. By contrast, the permeability of the macro-fractured SB was initially much higher, but decreased clearly as effective pressure was increased and the fracture became closed. The permeability of the macro- and micro-fractured SB also decreased with increasing the pressure. The permeability of the macro- and micro-fractured SB was similar to that of the macro-fractured SB under low pressure. This result indicates that the open macro-fractures dominate the permeability under low pressure. On the other hand, the permeability of the macro-and micro-fractured SB was higher than that of the macro-fractured SB under high pressure. This indicates that the macro-fractures with low aspect ratio close easily and open micro-fractures with high aspect ratio become dominant to the permeability with increasing the pressure. The difference in the wave velocities between intact, macro-fractured, and macro- and micro-fractured samples decreased with increasing effective pressure, tracking the closure of the fractures. Specifically, the increase of S-wave velocity vibrating nornal to the macro-fractures was clear with increasing the pressure, which indicates the closure of fracture. Overall, results in this study demonstrate the importance of the closure of fractures to increase the shielding ability of rock and to retard the migration of fluids into and through structres in a rock mass.

  19. Wave Velocity Attenuation and Sediment Retention among Different Vegetation Types in a Pacific Northwest Estuary

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    Lemein, T.; Cox, D. T.; Albert, D.; Blackmar, P.

    2012-12-01

    Feedbacks between vegetation, wave climate, and sedimentation create stable ecosystem states within estuaries that provide ecosystem services such as wildlife habitat, erosion control, and pollution filtration. Flume and field studies conducted with cordgrass (Spartina spp.) and sea grasses (Zostera spp., Halodule spp.) have demonstrated that the presence of vegetation reduces wave energy and increases sediment retention. Since the spatial distribution of plant species and the presence of unique plant species differ between estuaries, there is a need to understand how individual plant species, or groups of species with similar morphology, influence wave characteristics and sedimentation. Within Tillamook Bay, Oregon, three species of emergent vascular vegetation species (Carex lyngbyei, Eleocharis sp., Schoenoplectus pungens) and one species of submergent vascular vegetation species (Zostera marina) are present in the high wave energy portion of the estuary at the border of open water and the start of vegetation. These species represent three distinct growth forms (emergent reeds, emergent grasses, submergent grasses) and occur at varying densities relative to each other, as well as within the estuary. Using paired acoustic Doppler velocimeters (ADVs), we quantify the relative attenuation of wave velocity between vegetation types and densities within the estuary and compare these results with published attenuation rates from flume and field studies in different environments. The effect of decreased wave velocity on sediment retention is measured using permanent sediment markers within and outside of vegetation stands and paired with ADV data. Sediment retention is predicted to vary seasonally with seasonal vegetation composition changes and remain constant in unvegetated areas. From this experiment we expect to identify like groups of plant species whose attenuation characteristics are the same, allowing for models of wave-vegetation-sediment interaction to be created with multiple vegetation types.

  20. Race, Psychosocial Factors, and Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study

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    Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim; Penninx, Brenda W.; Vogelzangs, Nicole; Harris, Tamara B.; Vaidean, Georgeta D.; Ayonayon, Hilsa N.; Kim, Lauren; Lakatta, Edward G.; Newman, Anne B.

    2010-01-01

    Background. Increasingly, researchers have begun to explore pathways through which psychosocial factors might influence cardiovascular disease, with some emphasis on early markers. The current study examined the cross-sectional association between psychosocial factors and aortic pulse wave velocity (an early marker of cardiovascular disease) in a biracial cohort of older adults. We were particularly interested in determining whether the association between psychosocial factors and aortic pulse wave velocity differed for older blacks compared with whites. Methods. Participants were 2,488 (40% black and 52% female) older adults from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Carotid–femoral aortic pulse wave velocity was assessed using standard methodologies. Depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, negative life events, and inadequate emotional support were assessed, and a summary psychosocial risk index was created. Results. In multivariable linear regression models, psychosocial risk was not associated with aortic pulse wave velocity (Estimate [Est] = .00, p = .83), but there was a significant Race × Psychosocial risk interaction (Est = .07, p = .01), after adjusting for age, race, sex, and education. Further analyses revealed that this association was driven by the inadequate emotional support component of psychosocial risk (Race × Inadequate emotional support, p = .005). In race-stratified analyses, inadequate emotional support was associated with higher levels of arterial stiffness in older blacks (Est = .05, p = .04) but not whites (Est = −.04, p = .13). This association persisted after adjusting for demographics, cardiovascular risk factors, and social network characteristics. Conclusions. Findings suggest that older blacks may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of inadequate emotional support on vascular health. Interventions aimed at increasing social support among this population might be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. PMID:20522528

  1. Variational structure of inverse problems in wave propagation and vibration

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    Berryman, J.G.

    1995-03-01

    Practical algorithms for solving realistic inverse problems may often be viewed as problems in nonlinear programming with the data serving as constraints. Such problems are most easily analyzed when it is possible to segment the solution space into regions that are feasible (satisfying all the known constraints) and infeasible (violating some of the constraints). Then, if the feasible set is convex or at least compact, the solution to the problem will normally lie on the boundary of the feasible set. A nonlinear program may seek the solution by systematically exploring the boundary while satisfying progressively more constraints. Examples of inverse problems in wave propagation (traveltime tomography) and vibration (modal analysis) will be presented to illustrate how the variational structure of these problems may be used to create nonlinear programs using implicit variational constraints.

  2. Phenomenological model of propagation of the elastic waves in a fluid-saturated porous solid with nonzero boundary slip velocity.

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    Tsiklauri, David

    2002-09-01

    It is known that a boundary slip velocity starts to play an important role when the length scale over which the fluid velocity changes approaches the slip length, i.e., when the fluid is highly confined, for example, fluid flow through porous rock or blood vessel capillaries. Zhu and Granick [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 096105 (2001)] have recently experimentally established the existence of a boundary slip in a Newtonian liquid. They reported typical values of the slip length of the order of few micrometers. In this light, the effect of introduction of the boundary slip into the theory of propagation of elastic waves in a fluid-saturated porous medium formulated by Biot [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 28, 179-191 (1956)] is investigated. Namely, the effect of introduction of boundary slip upon the function F(kappa) that measures the deviation from Poiseuille flow friction as a function of frequency parameter kappa is studied. By postulating phenomenological dependence of the slip velocity upon frequency, notable deviations in the domain of intermediate frequencies in the behavior of F(kappa) are introduced with the incorporation of the boundary slip into the model. It is known that F(kappa) crucially enters Biot's equations, which describe dynamics of fluid-saturated porous solid. Thus, consequences of the nonzero boundary slip by calculating the phase velocities and attenuation coefficients of both rotational and dilatational waves with the variation of frequency are investigated. The new model should allow one to fit the experimental seismic data in circumstances when Biot's theory fails, as the introduction of phenomenological dependence of the slip velocity upon frequency, which is based on robust physical arguments, adds an additional degree of freedom to the model. In fact, it predicts higher than the Biot's theory values of attenuation coefficients of the both rotational and dilatational waves in the intermediate frequency domain, which is in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. Therefore, the introduction of the boundary slip yields threefold benefits: (1) better agreement of theory with experimental data since the parametric space of the model is larger (includes effects of boundary slip); (2) the possibility to identify types of porous medium and physical situations where boundary slip is important; and (3) constrain model parameters that are related to the boundary slip. PMID:12243170

  3. Rock physics model-based prediction of shear wave velocity in the Barnett Shale formation

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    Guo, Zhiqi; Li, Xiang-Yang

    2015-06-01

    Predicting S-wave velocity is important for reservoir characterization and fluid identification in unconventional resources. A rock physics model-based method is developed for estimating pore aspect ratio and predicting shear wave velocity Vs from the information of P-wave velocity, porosity and mineralogy in a borehole. Statistical distribution of pore geometry is considered in the rock physics models. In the application to the Barnett formation, we compare the high frequency self-consistent approximation (SCA) method that corresponds to isolated pore spaces, and the low frequency SCA-Gassmann method that describes well-connected pore spaces. Inversion results indicate that compared to the surroundings, the Barnett Shale shows less fluctuation in the pore aspect ratio in spite of complex constituents in the shale. The high frequency method provides a more robust and accurate prediction of Vs for all the three intervals in the Barnett formation, while the low frequency method collapses for the Barnett Shale interval. Possible causes for this discrepancy can be explained by the fact that poor in situ pore connectivity and low permeability make well-log sonic frequencies act as high frequencies and thus invalidate the low frequency assumption of the Gassmann theory. In comparison, for the overlying Marble Falls and underlying Ellenburger carbonates, both the high and low frequency methods predict Vs with reasonable accuracy, which may reveal that sonic frequencies are within the transition frequencies zone due to higher pore connectivity in the surroundings.

  4. Prediction of rocks thermal conductivity from elastic wave velocities, mineralogy and microstructure

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    Pimienta, Lucas; Sarout, Joel; Esteban, Lionel; Piane, Claudio Delle

    2014-05-01

    While knowledge on Thermal Conductivity (TC) of rocks is of interest in many fields, determining this property remains challenging. In this paper, a modelling approach for TC prediction from Elastic Wave Velocity (EWV) measurements is reported. To this end, a new effective TC model for a typical sedimentary rock is introduced that explicitly accounts for the presence of pores, pressure-sensitive microcracks (or grain contacts) and formation fluids. A model of effective elasticity is also devised for this same rock that links its microstructural characteristics to the velocity of elastic waves. The two models are based on the same effective medium approach and involve the same microstructural parameters. A workflow based on this explicit modelling approach is devised that allows for the prediction of the TC of a reservoir rock using (i) the elastic waves velocities, (ii) the dominant mineral content and (iii) the bulk porosity. This workflow is validated using experimental data reported in the literature for dry and water-saturated Fontainebleau and Berea sandstones. The datasets include measurements of TC and EWV as a function of effective pressure. In addition, it is shown that the dependence of TC on the rock microstructure is formally and practically similar to that of EWV. It is also demonstrated that the accuracy of TC predictions from EWV increases with effective pressure (burial depth). The underlying assumptions and limitations of the present approach together with the effect of burial are discussed.

  5. Correlation of densities with shear wave velocities and SPT N values

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    Anbazhagan, P.; Uday, Anjali; Moustafa, Sayed S. R.; Al-Arifi, Nassir S. N.

    2016-06-01

    Site effects primarily depend on the shear modulus of subsurface layers, and this is generally estimated from the measured shear wave velocity (V s) and assumed density. Very rarely, densities are measured for amplification estimation because drilling and sampling processes are time consuming and expensive. In this study, an attempt has been made to derive the correlation between the density (dry and wet density) and V s/SPT (standard penetration test) N values using measured data. A total of 354 measured V s and density data sets and 364 SPT N value and density data sets from 23 boreholes have been used in the study. Separate relations have been developed for all soil types as well as fine-grained and coarse-grained soil types. The correlations developed for bulk density were compared with the available data and it was found that the proposed relation matched well with the existing data. A graphical comparison and validation based on the consistency ratio and cumulative frequency curves was performed and the newly developed relations were found to demonstrate good prediction performance. An attempt has also been made to propose a relation between the bulk density and shear wave velocity applicable for a wide range of soil and rock by considering data from this study as well as that of previous studies. These correlations will be useful for predicting the density (bulk and dry) of sites having measured the shear wave velocity and SPT N values.

  6. Estimation of local pulse wave velocity using arterial diameter waveforms: Experimental validation in sheep

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    Graf, S.; Craiem, D.; Barra, J. G.; Armentano, R. L.

    2011-12-01

    Increased arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Estimation of arterial stiffness using local pulse wave velocity (PWV) promises to be very useful for noninvasive diagnosis of arteriosclerosis. In this work we estimated in an instrumented sheep, the local aortic pulse wave velocity using two sonomicrometry diameter sensors (separated 7.5 cm) according to the transit time method (PWVTT) with a sampling rate of 4 KHz. We simultaneously measured aortic pressure in order to determine from pressure-diameter loops (PWVPDLoop), the "true" local aortic pulse wave velocity. A pneumatic cuff occluder was implanted in the aorta in order to compare both methods under a wide range of pressure levels. Mean pressure values ranged from 47 to 101 mmHg and mean proximal diameter values from 12.5. to 15.2 mm. There were no significant differences between PWVTT and PWVPDLoop values (451±43 vs. 447±48 cm/s, p = ns, paired t-test). Both methods correlated significantly (R = 0.81, p<0.05). The mean difference between both methods was only -4±29 cm/s, whereas the range of the limits of agreement (mean ± 2 standard deviation) was -61 to +53 cm/s, showing no trend. In conclusion, the diameter waveforms transit time method was found to allow an accurate and precise estimation of the local aortic PWV.

  7. P-wave velocity anomalies of the plume beneath the French Polynesia

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    Obayashi, Masayuki; Yoshimitsu, Junko; Sugioka, Hiroko; Ito, Aki; Isse, Takehi; Shiobara, Hajime; Suetsugu, Daisuke

    2015-04-01

    The French Polynesian region is characterized by positive topographic anomalies of 700 m, a concentration of hotspot chains. Many seismic tomography results show a broad low-velocity anomaly in the lower mantle continued from the base of the mantle. These observations suggest that a large-scale mantle flow rises from the bottom of the mantle beneath the region. Joint Japanese-French broadband seismological observations were performed from 2001 to 2005 with 10 island stations from the Polynesian PLUME project (Barruol et al. 2002) and 10 broadband ocean bottom seismometers (BBOBSs) from the Polynesian BBOBS project (Suetsugu et al. 2005). A P-wave tomography using the data from these projects revealed that large-scale low-velocity anomalies (on the order of 1000 km in diameter) from the bottom of the mantle become smaller-scale low-velocity anomalies (on the order of 100 km in diameter) at the depth of about 1000 km. However the connection of the small-scale low-velocity anomalies to the surface hotspots was not unrevealed because of the poor resolution in the upper mantle. A new P-wave tomography with better resolution in the upper mantle was obtained by adding data from BBOSBSs around Society Islands deployed along the TIARES project during 2009 - 2010 (Suetsugu et al. 2012) and by taking the finite frequency effect into account for the frequency-depended differential travel times. The frequency-depended differential travel times were measured by multi-band cross correlating P waveforms. The new P-wave tomography shows strong low-velocity anomalies beneath the Society Islands and Pitcairn in the upper mantle although they do not extend to the 660-km discontinuity. This model also shows that small-scale low-velocity anomalies in the uppermost lower mantle. The low-velocity anomalies in the depth range about 550 - 900 km are smaller both in lateral area and amplitude than those in most of the upper mantle and the lower mantle. The velocity patterns are well correlated each other in the depth range but are not correlated with the patterns above and below, indicating the mantle beneath the French polynesia can be divided into 3 layers in terns of radial correlation.

  8. Attenuation and velocity structure from diffuse coda waves: Constraints from underground array data

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    Galluzzo, Danilo; La Rocca, Mario; Margerin, Ludovic; Del Pezzo, Edoardo; Scarpa, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    An analysis of coda waves excited in the 0.2-20 Hz frequency band and recorded by the underground array Underseis (central Italy) has been performed to constrain both seismic attenuation at regional scale and velocity structure in the Mount Gran Sasso area. Attenuation was estimated with the MLTWA method, and shows a predominance of scattering phenomena over intrinsic absorption. The values of Qi and Qs are compatible with other estimates obtained in similar tectonic environments. Array methods allowed for a detailed study of the propagation characteristics, demonstrating that earthquake coda at frequencies greater than about 6 Hz is composed of only body waves. Coherence and spectral characteristics of seismic waves measured along the coda of local and regional earthquakes indicate that the wavefield becomes fully diffuse only in the late coda. The frequency-dependent energy partitioning between horizontal and vertical components has been also estimated and compared with synthetic values computed in a layered half-space under the diffuse field assumption. This comparison confirms that, for frequencies higher than 6 Hz, the coda appears as a sum of body waves coming from all directions while, in the low frequency range (0.2-2 Hz), the observations can be well explained by a coda wavefield composed of an equipartition mixture of surface and body waves traveling in a multiple-layered medium. A Monte-Carlo inversion has been performed to obtain a set of acceptable velocity models of the upper crust. The present results show that a broadband coda wavefield recorded in an underground environment is useful to constrain both the regional attenuation and the velocity structure of the target area, thereby complementing the results of classical array analysis of the wavefield.

  9. Computation of the drift velocity of spiral waves using response functions

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    Biktasheva, I. V.; Barkley, D.; Biktashev, V. N.; Foulkes, A. J.

    2010-06-01

    Rotating spiral waves are a form of self-organization observed in spatially extended systems of physical, chemical, and biological nature. In the presence of a small perturbation, the spiral wave’s center of rotation and fiducial phase may change over time, i.e., the spiral wave drifts. In linear approximation, the velocity of the drift is proportional to the convolution of the perturbation with the spiral’s response functions, which are the eigenfunctions of the adjoint linearized operator corresponding to the critical eigenvalues λ=0,±iω . Here, we demonstrate that the response functions give quantitatively accurate prediction of the drift velocities due to a variety of perturbations: a time dependent, periodic perturbation (inducing resonant drift); a rotational symmetry-breaking perturbation (inducing electrophoretic drift); and a translational symmetry-breaking perturbation (inhomogeneity induced drift) including drift due to a gradient, stepwise, and localized inhomogeneity. We predict the drift velocities using the response functions in FitzHugh-Nagumo and Barkley models, and compare them with the velocities obtained in direct numerical simulations. In all cases good quantitative agreement is demonstrated.

  10. Seismic velocity variations at TCDP are controlled by MJO driven precipitation pattern and high fluid discharge properties

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    Hillers, G.; Campillo, M.; Ma, K.-F.

    2014-04-01

    Using seismic noise based monitoring techniques we find that seismic velocity variations (dv/v) observed with the borehole array of the Taiwan Chelungpu-fault Drilling Project (TCDP) are controlled by strong precipitation events associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a dynamic intraseasonal atmospheric pattern in the tropical atmosphere. High-frequency noise (>1 Hz) excited by steady anthropogenic activity in the vicinity of the TCDP allows daily resolution of dv/v time series. Relatively large fluid discharge properties control the equilibration of the ground water table and hence seismic velocities on time scales smaller than the average precipitation recurrence interval. This leads to the observed synchronous 50-80 day periodicity in dv/v and rainfall records in addition to the dominant annual component. Further evidence for the governing role of hydraulic properties is inferred from the similarity of observed dv/v timing, amplitude, and recovery properties with dv/v synthetics generated by a combined model of ground water table changes and diffusive propagation of seismic energy. The lapse time (τ) dependent increase of dv/v amplitudes is controlled by the sensitivity of the diffuse wave field sampled at 1100 m depth to shallower water level fluctuations. The significant vertical offset between stations and water level explains the direct τ dependence which is opposite to the trend previously inferred from measurements at the surface.

  11. On the velocity variation in atmospheric pressure plasma plumes driven by positive and negative pulses

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    Xiong, Z.; Lu, X.; Xian, Y.; Jiang, Z.; Pan, Y

    2010-11-15

    To better understand the variation in the ''plasma bullet'' velocity, the dynamics of an atmospheric pressure plasma plume driven by positive and negative pulses are investigated in detail. It is found that, before the plasma exits the nozzle, the plasma propagates at a speed of about 30 km/s for both positive and negative pulses. As soon as the plasma exits the nozzle, the plasma propagation speed increases dramatically for both cases. The peak velocity for the case of the positive pulse is much higher than that of the negative pulse, it is approximately 150 km/s and 70 km/s, respectively. According to the optical emission spectra, the acceleration behavior of the plasma bullet when it exits the nozzle is due to the increase in the N{sub 2}{sup +} concentration.

  12. Analysis of coordinate variation and stability of velocities by GPS observations in Tien Shan

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    Barkalova, T.; Kuzikov, S.

    2009-04-01

    The velocity vectors got from highly accurate GPS measurements are one of the main sources of information in contemporary geodynamics. Thus, GPS technologies are used for the study of boundaries and movement of plates (Abdrakhmatov et al., 1996; Steblov et al., 2003; etc.), seismic deformations (Segall, Davis, 1997; etc.) and other geophysical researches. However, the velocity calculated by straight-line approximation of time variation of coordinates for GPS site, may provoke doubts of its stability and correctness. It is important to know about the time series, on basis of which the linear velocities of points of the Earth's surface are calculated. Coordinate deviation from the approximating linear trend can be caused both by geodynamic factors and accuracy of GPS technology. This paper covers the analysis of coordinate time variation and the assessment of velocities estimation. For 15 years, the Research Station of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Bishkek has taken regularly observations (from one to several times a year) in the territory of Central Asian GPS network. It contains more then 500 sites, including 10 sites of permanent observation. Detail and duration of the measurements in Kyrgyz Tien Shan allows us to analyze the time variations of the GPS data. Basically, the linear velocities of the Central Asian GPS network have been stable for the observations 1995-2005; deviations do not exceed 1/6 from the average effective horizontal vector of velocity (Kuzikov, 2007). The coordinates after deduction of straight-line trend are coordinates' remainders. Some GPS sites have general tendency of coordinates' remainders for twelve years (1995-2006) annual measurements. The GPS sites form different groups as to northern and eastern components of coordinates' remainders. Remainders of coordinates' daily variations of unmoved relative to each other GPS sites have considerable positive correlation. A real geodynamic factor can be the source that appropriately influences the synchronous behavior of coordinates' remainders. But meanwhile the influence of the features of cameral treatment of GPS materials is not excepted, for example options' choice of velocities calculation via Gamit/Globk (Herring et al., 2006a, 2006b). In so doing, the accuracy of daily GPS measurements (ITRF2005) at the average is about 0.8 mm for northern component and about 1.8 mm for southern one. The comparison of the accuracy of the daily GPS measurements according to in various reference frames is present. References Abdrakhmatov K.Ye., Aldazhanov S.A., Hager B.H. et al., 1996. Relatively construction of the Tien Shan inferred from GPS measurements of present-day crustal deformation rates. Nature. Vol. 384. P. 450-453. Segall P., Davis J., 1997. GPS applications and earthquake studies. Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. Vol. 25. No. 2. P. 301-336. Steblov G.M., Kogan M.G., King R.W. et al., 2003. Imprint of the North American plate in Siberia revealed by GPS. Geophys. Res. Lett. Vol. 30. No. 18, 1924, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017805. Kuzikov S.I., 2007. The structural analysis of horizontal velocities of GPS data and feature of modern deformation crust of Central Asia: Ph.D. thesis. (Russ.) Moscow, Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS. 167 p. Herring T., King B., McClusky S., 2006a. Documentation for the GAMIT GPS analysis software. Release 10.3 EAPS, MIT. 105 p. Herring T., King B., McClusky S., 2006b. GLOBK. Reference manual. Global Kalman filter VLBI and GPS analysis program. Release 10.3. EAPS, MIT. 87 p.

  13. Near-surface wave velocity structure of Faial (Azores - Portugal) Island for site effect studies

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    Borges, José; Neves, Samuel; Caldeira, Bento; Bezzeghoud, Mourad; Carvalho, João; Carvalho, Alexandra

    2015-04-01

    Throughout history, the life of the Azorean people has been marked by earthquakes that have had different effects depending on their proximity and magnitude. This seismic activity, which may have volcanic or tectonic origins, has affected the population of these islands by destroying infrastructure and claiming lives. The social and economic impacts of these phenomena are enormous. The last significant event affecting the Azores (Portugal) was the July 1998 Mw=6.2 earthquake causing major destruction affecting more than 5000 people, causing 8 deaths, 150 persons injured and 1500 homeless. Ground motion simulations are mainly based on source characteristics and are heavily dependent on the medium, which is still poorly understood. Subsurface soil condition can amplify the seismic waves, so, for seismic response analysis, it is necessary to know the shallow soil properties and its spatial variability. For this purpose, we applied P and S-wave refraction, Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) to characterize shear wave velocity at different sites in the Faial Island, in particular, in sites where already occurred amplification. Ambient vibrations can also be used to estimate physical properties of the shallower geological formations. With this goal, the obtained velocity models were confirmed by comparison between real H/V curves with synthetic ones. We concluded that the anomalous intensities observed in some sites are strongly related to thick layers of soft sediments of pyroclastic deposits produced by old volcanic eruptions occurred in the Faial Island.

  14. Ultrasonic wave velocity measurement in small polymeric and cortical bone specimens

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    Kohles, S. S.; Bowers, J. R.; Vailas, A. C.; Vanderby, R. Jr

    1997-01-01

    A system was refined for the determination of the bulk ultrasonic wave propagation velocity in small cortical bone specimens. Longitudinal and shear wave propagations were measured using ceramic, piezoelectric 20 and 5 MHz transducers, respectively. Results of the pulse transmission technique were refined via the measurement of the system delay time. The precision and accuracy of the system were quantified using small specimens of polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene. These polymeric materials had known acoustic properties, similarity of propagation velocities to cortical bone, and minimal sample inhomogeneity. Dependence of longitudinal and transverse specimen dimensions upon propagation times was quantified. To confirm the consistency of longitudinal wave propagation in small cortical bone specimens (< 1.0 mm), cut-down specimens were prepared from a normal rat femur. Finally, cortical samples were prepared from each of ten normal rat femora, and Young's moduli (Eii), shear moduli (Gij), and Poisson ratios (Vij) were measured. For all specimens (bone, polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene), strong linear correlations (R2 > 0.997) were maintained between propagation time and distance throughout the size ranges down to less than 0.4 mm. Results for polyoxymethylene, polystyrene-butadiene, and high-density polyethylene were accurate to within 5 percent of reported literature values. Measurement repeatability (precision) improved with an increase in the wave transmission distance (propagating dimension). No statistically significant effect due to the transverse dimension was detected.

  15. Long-period Variations in the Radial Velocity of Spectroscopic Binary M Giant μ Ursae Majoris

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    Lee, Byeong-Cheol; Han, Inwoo; Park, Myeong-Gu; Mkrtichian, David E.; Hatzes, Artie P.; Jeong, Gwanghui; Kim, Kang-Min

    2016-04-01

    We report that the spectroscopic binary μ Ursae Majoris (μ UMa) has secondary RV variations of 471.2 days in addition to those of 230.0 days already known. Keplerian orbit analysis yields stellar mass companions of 1.6 M⊙ for the 230 day period and 0.14 M⊙ for the 471 day period. However, the HIPPARCOS photometries show a period similar to the stellar rotational period, which is one-quarter of the RV period. Variations in the bisector velocity curvature show a period of 463.6 days. We also find ∼473 day variations in the equivalent width (EW) measurements of the {{{H}}}α and {{{H}}}β lines, whose origin is probably stellar activity. We note that the nature of 471 day variations is similar to one observed in “Sequence D” of Asymptotic Giant Branch pulsating stars. We therefore conclude that the RV and the EW variations in the spectroscopic binary M giant μ UMa A originate from the complex pulsations and the chromospheric activity.

  16. On-chip laser Doppler vibrometer for arterial pulse wave velocity measurement

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    Li, Yanlu; Segers, Patrick; Dirckx, Joris; Baets, Roel

    2013-01-01

    Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is an important marker for cardiovascular risk. The Laser Doppler vibrometry has been suggested as a potential technique to measure the local carotid PWV by measuring the transit time of the pulse wave between two locations along the common carotid artery (CCA) from skin surface vibrations. However, the present LDV setups are still bulky and difficult to handle. We present in this paper a more compact LDV system integrated on a CMOS-compatible silicon-on-insulator substrate. In this system, a chip with two homodyne LDVs is utilized to simultaneously measure the pulse wave at two different locations along the CCA. Measurement results show that the dual-LDV chip can successfully conduct the PWV measurement. PMID:23847745

  17. Estimation of site amplification and S-wave velocity profiles in metropolitan Manila, the Philippines, from earthquake ground motion records

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    Yamanaka, Hiroaki; Ohtawara, Kaoru; Grutas, Rhommel; Tiglao, Robert B.; Lasala, Melchor; Narag, Ishmael C.; Bautista, Bartlome C.

    2011-02-01

    In this study, empirical site amplifications and S-wave velocity profiles for shallow and deep soils are estimated using earthquake ground motion records in metropolitan Manila, the Philippines. We first apply a spectral inversion technique to the earthquake records to estimate effects of source, path, and local site amplification. The earthquake data used were obtained during 36 moderate earthquakes at 10 strong-motion stations of an earthquake observation network in Manila. The estimated Q value of the propagation path is modelled as 54.6f1.1. Most of the source spectra can be approximated with the omega-square model. The site amplifications show characteristic features according to surface geological conditions. The amplifications at the sites in the coastal lowland and Marikina Valley shows predominant peaks at frequencies from 1 to 5Hz, while those in the central plateau are characterised by no dominant peaks. These site amplifications are inverted to subsurface S-wave velocity. We, next, discuss the relationship between the amplifications and average S-wave velocity in the top 30m of the S-wave velocity profiles. The amplifications at low frequencies are well correlated with the averaged S-wave velocity. However, high-frequency amplifications cannot be sufficiently explained by the averaged S-wave velocity in the top 30m. They are correlated more with the average of S-wave velocity over depths less than 30m.

  18. A variational principle for studying fast-wave mode conversion

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    Van Eester, D.; Koch, R.

    1998-11-01

    A variational principle for studying one-dimensional wave propagation and damping near the ion-ion hybrid conversion region in a tokamak is presented. In its variational form, the wave equation is closely related to the power balance equation: substituting the electric field for the test function in it yields the generalized Poynting theorem. The guiding centre position rather than that of the particle is adopted as the independent variable. Toroidal and oblique incidence effects are retained but the poloidal magnetic field is neglected. A strictly positive power density for Maxwellian plasmas is ensured by starting from a general formalism due to Lamalle (Lamalle P U 1993 Phys. Lett. 175A 45; 1997 Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 39 1409) and expanding the operator acting on the electric field in the expression for the absorbed power per guiding centre orbit (rather than expanding the dielectric tensor, as is usually done) in terms of the assumed small parameter 0741-3335/40/11/010/img1, where 0741-3335/40/11/010/img2 is the perpendicular wavenumber and 0741-3335/40/11/010/img3 the Larmor radius. The general formulae for the dielectric response are provided and explicit expressions are given for the case where up to second-order corrections in 0741-3335/40/11/010/img4 are retained in the operator. As an illustration, the absorption of radio frequency power in a (H)-D-(Ar) TEXTOR plasma typical for the radiative improved mode is discussed.

  19. Shear Wave Velocity Imaging over Quick Clays Using Multiple Seismic Methods

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    Comina, C.; Krawczyk, C. M.; Polom, U.; Socco, L. V.

    2014-12-01

    Quick-clays are characterized by an highly unstable particle structure. This structure is usually caused by freshwater leaching of the original high salinity pore water generated by the former marine deposition environment. Given this instability, the clay structure can easily collapse leading to landslides of varying destructiveness. It is, therefore, of major importance to detect the presence of quick-clays. While resistivity based methodologies are commonly used to detect them (lower conductivity of the leached interstitial fluid in respect to the original one) there are also some evidences that leaching can result in a reduction of the undisturbed shear strength of these clays. Multiple integrated shear wave velocity based seismic methods (mainly SH seismic reflection and Love wave dispersion data) have been therefore applied in a case study to evaluate the potential of shear wave velocity imaging for detecting quick clays. An area near the Göta River in southwest Sweden, which was the scene of a quick clay landslide about 40 years ago, was chosen as experimental site. High-resolution SH reflection data were acquired in the area, as part of a joint project studying clay-related landslides. Seismic reflection processing has evidenced several geologically interesting interfaces related to the presence of quick clays (locally confirmed by boreholes), and sand-gravelly layers strongly contributing to water circulation within them. Dispersion data have been extracted along one of the reflection arrays with a Gaussian windowing approach, and data have been inverted with a Laterally Constrained Inversion using a priori information coming from the seismic reflection imaging. The inversion of dispersion curves has evidenced, in some portion of the seismic line, the presence of a low velocity layer most probably correlatable with quick clays. Even given the limited dispersion information extracted from the dataset, and the not yet completely understood shear wave velocity properties of quick clays, our work has evidenced the potential of the proposed approach for a more comprehensive imaging of the shear wave velocity distribution. This could be a valuable approach in quick clay identification in general.

  20. Variation of the instantaneous angular velocity of the rigid Earth in the lunar-solar gravitational field

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    Li, Lin-Sen

    2016-04-01

    The variation of the instantaneous rotational angular velocity of the rigid Earth in the lunar-solar gravitational field is studied. The formula is derived for variation of the instantaneous angular velocity of the rigid oblate Earth using the potential function from Euler's dynamic equations. The theoretical results show that under the influence of the gravitational field of the Moon and the Sun the Earth instantaneous angular velocity varies with periodic terms, but without secular variations. Amplitudes of the periodic terms and their periods are calculated and discussed.

  1. Developing Strength Chart of Saturated Concrete by Using Seismic P and S-Wave Velocities in Laboratory

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    Ekinci, B.; Sabbağ, N.; Uyanik, O.; Öncü, Z.; Akdemir, S.; Türker, E.

    2014-12-01

    Determining of concrete strength can be used by destructive or non-destructive methods. Concrete strength is determined with uniaxial compressive test as destructive in laboratory and with Seismic Ultrasonic P- (Compressional) and S-wave (Shear) measurements as non-destructive in-situ or laboratory. In this study, strength of saturated concrete is investigated by using seismic P and S-wave velocities. For this, concrete samples were formed with using the cube samples in size 15x15x15cm. Different strength designs were made for obtain different strengths in these samples. The aim is to create concrete strengths of between the lowest 5MPa and the highest 100 MPa. After the end of the curing time of created the cube concrete samples Seismic P and S waves measurements were made in the laboratory by Ultrasonic test equipment. Hence, P and S wave velocities of the sample were calculated. After these, for determine the strength of the samples uniaxial compression strength test was performed. As a result, P and S wave velocities and concrete strength values of concrete samples were obtained. By correlating these values over %90 exponential relationships were determined. By using this relationship, concrete strength can be determined sensitively from P and S wave velocities. In addition, by using P and S wave velocities elastic parameters values and Poisson's ratio of concrete specimens can be calculated. Keywords: Concrete, Strength, Compressional and Shear-wave velocities, Empirical Relationship

  2. Planetary Wave Influence on Wintertime OH Meinel Longitudinal Variation?

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    Winick, J. R.; Picard, R. H.; Wintersteiner, P. P.; Mlynczak, M. G.; Russell, J. M.; Gordley, L.

    2009-05-01

    We report on very unusual conditions in the upper mesosphere during the boreal winters of 2004 and 2006. Unusually bright OH volume emissions, as measured by TIMED/SABER, occurred in the region north of 60N. These emissions also occurred at unusually low altitudes, while at the same time very high temperatures characterized the upper mesosphere. These large perturbations allowed us to see more clearly longitudinal spatial and temporal variations that were present in the emissions. The affected areas varied in size and location on time scales of a few days and had a distinct planetary-wave wave-1 structure. We present data demonstrating the variability in the emissions and temperatures throughout the polar region and the correlations among them, and we contrast their behavior with that in normal years. The underlying cause of the correlations and longitudinal structure appears to be greatly enhanced downwelling in the upper mesosphere, which in turn was produced by unusual dynamical conditions in the lower atmosphere, consisting of stratospheric warmings and perturbations of wave structures within the polar vortex.

  3. Velocity ratio variations in the source region of earthquake swarms in NW Bohemia obtained from arrival time double-differences

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    Dahm, Torsten; Fischer, Tomas

    2014-02-01

    Crustal earthquake swarms are an expression of intensive cracking and rock damaging over periods of days, weeks or month in a small source region in the crust. They are caused by longer lasting stress changes in the source region. Often, the localized stressing of the crust is associated with fluid or gas migration, possibly in combination with pre-existing zones of weaknesses. However, verifying and quantifying localized fluid movement at depth remains difficult since the area affected is small and geophysical prospecting methods often cannot reach the required resolution. We apply a simple and robust method to estimate the velocity ratio between compressional (P) and shear (S) waves (vP/vS-ratio) in the source region of an earthquake swarm. The vP/vS-ratio may be unusual small if the swarm is related to gas in a porous or fractured rock. The method uses arrival time difference between P and S waves observed at surface seismic stations, and the associated double differences between pairs of earthquakes. An advantage is that earthquake locations are not required and the method seems lesser dependent on unknown velocity variations in the crust outside the source region. It is, thus, suited for monitoring purposes. Applications comprise three natural, mid-crustal (8-10 km) earthquake swarms between 1997 and 2008 from the NW-Bohemia swarm region. We resolve a strong temporal decrease of vP/vS before and during the main activity of the swarm, and a recovery of vP/vS to background levels at the end of the swarms. The anomalies are interpreted in terms of the Biot-Gassman equations, assuming the presence of oversaturated fluids degassing during the beginning phase of the swarm activity.

  4. Radial velocity variations in EX Lup: hints for a low-mass close companion

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    Kóspál, Ágnes; Mohler-Fischer, Maren; Sicilia-Aguilar, Aurora; Ábrahám, Péter; Curé, Michel; Henning, Thomas; Kiss, Csaba; Launhardt, Ralf; Moór, Attila; Müller, André

    2013-07-01

    EXors are low-mass pre-main sequence objects producing repetitive optical outbursts attributed to highly enhanced accretion from the circumstellar disk onto the star. One type of outburst theories requires a close stellar or sub-stellar companion that perturbs the inner part of the disk and triggers the onset of the enhanced accretion. Here, we look for a possible companion to EX Lup, the prototype of the EXor class, using radial velocity (RV) observations. The RVs show large periodic variations that can be explained by the presence of a close companion in the brown dwarf mass range. Chromospheric activity or starspots are less likely to explain the observed RV curve.

  5. Variations in the electrical short-circuit current decay for recombination lifetime and velocity measurements

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    Jung, Tae-Won; Lindholm, Fredrik A.; Neugroschel, Arnost

    1987-01-01

    An improved measurement system for electrical short-circuit current decay is presented that extends applicability of the method to silicon solar cells having an effective lifetime as low as 1 microsec. The system uses metal/oxide/semiconductor transistors as voltage-controlled switches. Advances in theory developed here increase precision and sensitivity in the determination of the minority-carrier recombination lifetime and recombination velocity. A variation of the method, which exploits measurements made on related back-surface field and back-ohmic contact devices, further improves precision and sensitivity. The improvements are illustrated by application to 15 different silicon solar cells.

  6. A physical model study of converted wave amplitude variation in a reservoir of systematically aligned vertical fractures

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    Chang, C.; Sun, L.; Lin, C.; Chang, Y.; Tseng, P.

    2013-12-01

    The existence of fractures not only provides spaces for the residence of oils and gases reside, but it also creates pathways for migration. Characterizing a fractured reservoir thus becomes an important subject and has been widely studied by exploration geophysicists and drilling engineers. In seismic anisotropy, a reservoir of systematically aligned vertical fractures (SAVF) is often treated as a transversely isotropic medium (TIM) with a horizontal axis of symmetry (HTI). Subjecting to HTI, physical properties vary in azimuth. P-wave reflection amplitude, which is susceptible to vary in azimuth, is one of the most popular seismic attributes which is widely used to delineate the fracture strike of an SAVF reservoir. Instead of going further on analyzing P-wave signatures, in this study, we focused on evaluating the feasibility of orienting the fracture strike of an SAVF reservoir using converted (C-) wave amplitude. For a C-wave is initiated by a downward traveling P-wave that is converted on reflection to an upcoming S-wave; the behaviors of both P- and S-waves should be theoretically woven in a C-wave. In our laboratory work, finite offset reflection experiments were carried out on the azimuthal plane of a HTI model at two different offset intervals. To demonstrate the azimuthal variation of C-wave amplitude in a HTI model, reflections were acquired along the principal symmetry directions and the diagonal direction of the HTI model. Inheriting from phenomenon of S-wave splitting in a transversely isotropic medium (TIM), P-waves get converted into both the fast (S1) and slow (S2) shear modes at all azimuths outside the vertical symmetry planes, thus producing split PS-waves (PS1 and PS2). In our laboratory data, the converted PS1- (C1-) wave were observed and identified. As the azimuth varies from the strike direction to the strike normal, C1-wave amplitude exhibits itself in a way of weakening and can be view from the common-reflection-point (CRP) gathers. Therefore, in conjunction with the azimuthal velocity and the amplitude variations in the P-wave and the azimuthal polarization of the S-wave, the azimuthal variation of C-wave amplitude which is experimentally demonstrated could be considered as a valuable seismic attribute in orienting the fracture strike of a SAVF reservoir. (Key words: converted wave, transversely isotropic medium, physical modeling, amplitude, fracture)

  7. Strong seismic wave scattering in the low-velocity anomaly associated with subduction of oceanic plate

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    Takemura, Shunsuke; Yoshimoto, Kazuo

    2014-05-01

    Analyses of dense seismic records in Kanto, Japan, revealed distinct pulse broadening and peak delay of high-frequency S waves at central Chiba. These phenomena are observed at frequency range of 1-8 Hz and exist only for ray paths passing through the low-velocity (LV) zone at depth of 20-40 km beneath northwestern Chiba. To obtain a more detailed understanding of these phenomena, we conducted 2-D and 3-D finite difference method simulations of seismic wave propagation using a realistic heterogeneous structure model. Through numerous simulations we demonstrated that strong seismic scattering, due to localized strong small-scale heterogeneities in the LV zone and in the oceanic crust, is a major cause of strong pulse broadening and peak delay of high-frequency S waves. After comparing simulation results with observations, the most preferable small-scale velocity heterogeneity in the LV zone is characterized by a Gaussian power spectral density function (PSDF) with correlation distance a of 1-2 km and rms value ɛ = 0.07-0.09, superposed on a background exponential PSDF (a = 3 km, ɛ = 0.07). Assuming strong velocity heterogeneities, observed amplitude decay at Chiba is also well explained by strong scattering attenuation in the LV zone. Because the LV zone, which has been reported by seismic tomography studies, is interpreted as being constructed by the dehydration of the subducting oceanic crust of the Philippine Sea Plate, strong small-scale velocity heterogeneity in the LV zone may be related to the random distribution of fluid in this volume.

  8. Heart-Carotid Pulse Wave Velocity a Useful Index of Atherosclerosis in Chinese Hypertensive Patients.

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    Li, Chunyue; Xiong, Huahua; Pirbhulal, Sandeep; Wu, Dan; Li, Zhenzhou; Huang, Wenhua; Zhang, Heye; Wu, Wanqing

    2015-12-01

    This study was designed to investigate the relationship between heart-carotid pulse wave velocity (hcPWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in hypertensive patients, and also to examine the effect of pre-ejection period (PEP) on it. Doppler ultrasound device was used to measure CIMT in left common carotid artery. Hypertensive patients were divided into normal (n = 36, CIMT ≤0.8 mm) and thickened (n = 31, CIMT > 0.8 mm) group. Electrocardiogram R-wave-based carotid pulse wave velocity (rcPWV) and aortic valve-carotid pulse wave velocity (acPWV) were calculated as the ratio of the travel length to the pulse transit time with or without PEP, respectively. CIMT has significant relations with rcPWV (r = 0.611, P < 0.0001) and acPWV (r = 0.384, P = 0.033) in thickened group. Moreover, CIMT showed stronger correlation with rcPWV than with acPWV in thickened group. Furthermore, both acPWV and rcPWV were determinant factors of CIMT in thickened group, independent of clinical confounders including age, gender, smoking behavior, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, antihypertensive medication, and plaque occurrence. However, similar results were not found in normal group. Since CIMT has been considered as an index of atherosclerosis, our results suggested that both rcPWV and acPWV could be useful indexes of atherosclerosis in thickened CIMT hypertensive patients. Additionally, if hcPWV is computed with heart-carotid pulse transit time, including PEP could improve the accuracy of atherosclerosis assessment in hypertensive patients. PMID:26705228

  9. Heart-Carotid Pulse Wave Velocity a Useful Index of Atherosclerosis in Chinese Hypertensive Patients

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    Li, Chunyue; Xiong, Huahua; Pirbhulal, Sandeep; Wu, Dan; Li, Zhenzhou; Huang, Wenhua; Zhang, Heye; Wu, Wanqing

    2015-01-01

    Abstract This study was designed to investigate the relationship between heart-carotid pulse wave velocity (hcPWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in hypertensive patients, and also to examine the effect of pre-ejection period (PEP) on it. Doppler ultrasound device was used to measure CIMT in left common carotid artery. Hypertensive patients were divided into normal (n = 36, CIMT ≤0.8 mm) and thickened (n = 31, CIMT > 0.8 mm) group. Electrocardiogram R-wave-based carotid pulse wave velocity (rcPWV) and aortic valve-carotid pulse wave velocity (acPWV) were calculated as the ratio of the travel length to the pulse transit time with or without PEP, respectively. CIMT has significant relations with rcPWV (r = 0.611, P < 0.0001) and acPWV (r = 0.384, P = 0.033) in thickened group. Moreover, CIMT showed stronger correlation with rcPWV than with acPWV in thickened group. Furthermore, both acPWV and rcPWV were determinant factors of CIMT in thickened group, independent of clinical confounders including age, gender, smoking behavior, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, antihypertensive medication, and plaque occurrence. However, similar results were not found in normal group. Since CIMT has been considered as an index of atherosclerosis, our results suggested that both rcPWV and acPWV could be useful indexes of atherosclerosis in thickened CIMT hypertensive patients. Additionally, if hcPWV is computed with heart-carotid pulse transit time, including PEP could improve the accuracy of atherosclerosis assessment in hypertensive patients. PMID:26705228

  10. Structure of the Crust beneath Cameroon, West Africa, from the Joint Inversion of Rayleigh Wave Group Velocities and Receiver Functions

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    Tokam, A K; Tabod, C T; Nyblade, A A; Julia, J; Wiens, D A; Pasyanos, M E

    2010-02-18

    The Cameroon Volcanic Line (CVL) is a major geologic feature that cuts across Cameroon from the south west to the north east. It is a unique volcanic lineament which has both an oceanic and a continental sector and consists of a chain of Tertiary to Recent, generally alkaline volcanoes stretching from the Atlantic island of Pagalu to the interior of the African continent. The oceanic sector includes the islands of Bioko (formerly Fernando Po) and Sao Tome and Principe while the continental sector includes the Etinde, Cameroon, Manengouba, Bamboutos, Oku and Mandara mountains, as well as the Adamawa and Biu Plateaus. In addition to the CVL, three other major tectonic features characterize the region: the Benue Trough located northwest of the CVL, the Central African Shear Zone (CASZ), trending N70 degrees E, roughly parallel to the CVL, and the Congo Craton in southern Cameroon. The origin of the CVL is still the subject of considerable debate, with both plume and non-plume models invoked by many authors (e.g., Deruelle et al., 2007; Ngako et al, 2006; Ritsema and Allen, 2003; Burke, 2001; Ebinger and Sleep, 1998; Lee et al, 1994; Dorbath et al., 1986; Fairhead and Binks, 1991; King and Ritsema, 2000; Reusch et al., 2010). Crustal structure beneath Cameroon has been investigated previously using active (Stuart et al, 1985) and passive (Dorbath et al., 1986; Tabod, 1991; Tabod et al, 1992; Plomerova et al, 1993) source seismic data, revealing a crust about 33 km thick at the south-western end of the continental portion of the CVL (Tabod, 1991) and the Adamawa Plateau, and thinner crust (23 km thick) beneath the Garoua Rift in the north (Stuart et al, 1985) (Figure 1). Estimates of crustal thickness obtained using gravity data show similar variations between the Garoua rift, Adamawa Plateau, and southern part of the CVL (Poudjom et al., 1995; Nnange et al., 2000). In this study, we investigate further crustal structure beneath the CVL and the adjacent regions in Cameroon using 1-D shear wave velocity models obtained from the joint inversion of Rayleigh wave group velocities and P-receiver functions for 32 broadband seismic stations. From the 1-D shear wave velocity models, we obtain new insights into the composition and structure of the crust and upper mantle across Cameroon. After briefly reviewing the geological framework of Cameroon, we describe the data and the joint inversion method, and then interpret variations in crustal structure found beneath Cameroon in terms of the tectonic history of the region.

  11. Lift-off compensation for improved accuracy in ultrasonic lamb wave velocity measurements using electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs).

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    Morrison, J P; Dixon, S; Potter, M D G; Jian, X

    2006-12-22

    The crystalline texture of a sheet metal strongly affects its formability, so having knowledge of this texture is of great industrial relevance. The texture of rolled sheet metals, such as aluminium and steel, may be determined by ultrasonic measurement of the velocity of the zero order symmetric (S(0)) Lamb wave as a function of angle to the rolling direction. Electromagnetic acoustic transducers (EMATs) may perform this measurement without contacting the sample, therefore reducing perturbation to the plate wave system, as they are electromagnetically coupled to the sheet. The EMAT system measurements are non-destructive and may be made in real time, therefore offering advantages over the conventional techniques such as X-ray and neutron diffraction. It has been noticed that in the two EMAT pitch-catch system, the apparent arrival times of the ultrasonic waves change with variation in lift-off (distance between sample and transducer) due to impedance and aperture effects. For precise and accurate texture parameters to be obtained, accurate absolute ultrasonic velocity measurement is required and hence lift-off must be compensated for. This is of particular importance to online inspection systems where constant lift-off may be difficult to maintain. The impedance behaviour of various coil geometries has been investigated as a function of lift-off and frequency and compared to the received ultrasonic signal and the drive current pulse profile. Theoretical models have been used to explain the observed behaviour, and hence a scheme has been proposed for the compensation of lift-off effects in real time. PMID:16828139

  12. Comparison of an Oscillometric Method with Cardiac Magnetic Resonance for the Analysis of Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity

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    Feistritzer, Hans-Josef; Reinstadler, Sebastian J.; Klug, Gert; Kremser, Christian; Seidner, Benjamin; Esterhammer, Regina; Schocke, Michael F.; Franz, Wolfgang-Michael; Metzler, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is the proposed gold-standard for the assessment of aortic elastic properties. The aim of this study was to compare aortic PWV determined by a recently developed oscillometric device with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Methods PWV was assessed in 40 volunteers with two different methods. The oscillometric method (PWVOSC) is based on a transfer function from the brachial pressure waves determined by oscillometric blood pressure measurements with a common cuff (Mobil-O-Graph, I.E.M. Stolberg, Germany). CMR was used to determine aortic PWVCMR with the use of the transit time method based on phase-contrast imaging at the level of the ascending and abdominal aorta on a clinical 1.5 Tesla scanner (Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). Results The median age of the study population was 34 years (IQR: 24–55 years, 11 females). A very strong correlation was found between PWVOSC and PWVCMR (r = 0.859, p < 0.001). Mean PWVOSC was 6.7 ± 1.8 m/s and mean PWVCMR was 6.1 ± 1.8 m/s (p < 0.001). Analysis of agreement between the two measurements using Bland-Altman method showed a bias of 0.57 m/s (upper and lower limit of agreement: 2.49 m/s and -1.34 m/s). The corresponding coefficient of variation between both measurements was 15%. Conclusion Aortic pulse wave velocity assessed by transformation of the brachial pressure waveform showed an acceptable agreement with the CMR-derived transit time method. PMID:25612307

  13. Noninvasive electromechanical wave imaging and conduction-relevant velocity estimation in vivo.

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    Konofagou, Elisa E; Luo, Jianwen; Saluja, Deepak; Cervantes, Daniel O; Coromilas, James; Fujikura, Kana

    2010-02-01

    Electromechanical wave imaging is a novel technique for the noninvasive mapping of conduction waves in the left ventricle through the combination of ECG gating, high frame rate ultrasound imaging and radio-frequency (RF)-based displacement estimation techniques. In this paper, we describe this new technique and characterize the origin and velocity of the wave under distinct pacing schemes. First, in vivo imaging (30 MHz) was performed on anesthetized, wild-type mice (n=12) at high frame rates in order to take advantage of the transient electromechanical coupling occurring in the myocardium. The RF signal acquisition in a long-axis echocardiographic view was gated between consecutive R-wave peaks of the mouse electrocardiogram (ECG) and yielded an ultra-high RF frame rate of 8000 frames/s (fps). The ultrasound RF signals in each frame were digitized at 160 MHz. Axial, frame-to-frame displacements were estimated using 1D cross-correlation (window size of 240 microm, overlap of 90%). Three pacing protocols were sequentially applied in each mouse: (1) sinus rhythm (SR), (2) right-atrial (RA) pacing and (3) right-ventricular (RV) pacing. Pacing was performed using an eight-electrode catheter placed into the right side of the heart with the capability of pacing from any adjacent bipole. During a cardiac cycle, several waves were depicted on the electromechanical wave images that propagated transmurally and/or from base to apex, or apex to base, depending on the type of pacing and the cardiac phase. Through comparison between the ciné-loops and their corresponding ECG obtained at different pacing protocols, we were able to identify and separate the electrically induced, or contraction, waves from the hemodynamic (or, blood-wall coupling) waves. In all cases, the contraction wave was best observed along the posterior wall starting at the S-wave of the ECG, which occurs after Purkinje fiber, and during myocardial, activation. The contraction wave was identified based on the fact that it changed direction only when the pacing origin changed, i.e., it propagated from the apex to the base at SR and RA pacing and from base to apex at RV pacing. This reversal in the wave propagation direction was found to be consistent in all mice scanned and the wave velocity values fell within the previously reported conduction wave range with statistically significant differences between SR/RA pacing (0.85+/-0.22 m/s and 0.84+/-0.20 m/s, respectively) and RV pacing (-0.52+/-0.31 m/s; p<0.0001). This study thus shows that imaging the electromechanical function of the heart noninvasively is feasible. It may therefore constitute a unique noninvasive method for conduction wave mapping of the entire left ventricle. Such a technology can be extended to 3D mapping and/or used for early detection of dyssynchrony, arrhythmias, left-bundle branch block, or other conduction abnormalities as well as diagnosis and treatment thereof. PMID:19863987

  14. Regional variations in upper mantle compressional velocities beneath southern California 1. Post-shock temperatures: Their experimental determination, calculation, and implications, 2.. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Raikes, S. A.

    1978-01-01

    The compressional velocity within the upper mantle beneath Southern California is investigated through observations of the dependence of teleseismic P-delays at all stations of the array on the distance and azimuth to the event. The variation of residuals with azimuth was found to be as large as 1.3 sec at a single station; the delays were stable as a function of time, and no evidence was found for temporal velocity variations related to seismic activity in the area. These delays were used in the construction of models for the upper mantle P-velocity structure to depths of 150 km, both by ray tracing and inversion techniques. The models exhibit considerable lateral heterogeneity including a region of low velocity beneath the Imperial Valley, and regions of increased velocity beneath the Sierra Nevada and much of the Transverse Ranges. The development is described of a technique for the experimental determination of post-shock temperatures, and its application to several metals and silicates shocked to pressures in the range 5 to 30 GPa. The technique utilizes an infra-red radiation detector to determine the brightness temperature of the free surface of the sample after the shock wave has passed through it.

  15. Increasing pulse wave velocity in a realistic cardiovascular model does not increase pulse pressure with age

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    Mohiuddin, Mohammad W.; Rihani, Ryan J.; Laine, Glen A.

    2012-01-01

    The mechanism of the well-documented increase in aortic pulse pressure (PP) with age is disputed. Investigators assuming a classical windkessel model believe that increases in PP arise from decreases in total arterial compliance (Ctot) and increases in total peripheral resistance (Rtot) with age. Investigators assuming a more sophisticated pulse transmission model believe PP rises because increases in pulse wave velocity (cph) make the reflected pressure wave arrive earlier, augmenting systolic pressure. It has recently been shown, however, that increases in cph do not have a commensurate effect on the timing of the reflected wave. We therefore used a validated, large-scale, human arterial system model that includes realistic pulse wave transmission to determine whether increases in cph cause increased PP with age. First, we made the realistic arterial system model age dependent by altering cardiac output (CO), Rtot, Ctot, and cph to mimic the reported changes in these parameters from age 30 to 70. Then, cph was theoretically maintained constant, while Ctot, Rtot, and CO were altered. The predicted increase in PP with age was similar to the observed increase in PP. In a complementary approach, Ctot, Rtot, and CO were theoretically maintained constant, and cph was increased. The predicted increase in PP was negligible. We found that increases in cph have a limited effect on the timing of the reflected wave but cause the system to degenerate into a windkessel. Changes in PP can therefore be attributed to a decrease in Ctot. PMID:22561301

  16. Shallow shear-wave velocity profiles and site response characteristics from microtremor array measurements in Metro Manila, the Philippines

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    Grutas, Rhommel; Yamanaka, Hiroaki

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents the outcome of reconnaissance surveys in metropolitan Manila (Metro Manilla), the Philippines, with the aim of mapping shallow shear-wave velocity structures. Metro Manila is a seismically active and densely populated region that is in need of detailed investigation of the subsurface structures, to assess local site effects in seismic hazard estimation. We conducted microtremor array observations and used the spatial autocorrelation method to estimate the shear-wave profiles at 32 sites in major geological settings in Metro Manila. We applied a hybrid genetic simulated annealing algorithm to invert phase velocity data from the spatial autocorrelation method to generate shear-wave velocity models near the global best-fit solution. The comparison between the inferred shear-wave velocity profiles and PS logging showed good agreement in terms of the fundamental mode of Rayleigh waves and site responses. Then, we utilised the inferred shear-wave velocity profiles to compute the site amplifications with reference to the motion in engineering bedrock. Subsequently, the site amplifications have been grouped, based on NEHRP site classes. The amplification factor has also been compared with the average shear-wave velocity of the upper 30m at each site, to produce a power-law regression equation that can be used as a starting basis for further site-effects evaluation in the metropolis.

  17. Vertical open fractures and shear-wave velocities derived from VSPs, full waveform acoustic logs, and televiewer data

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    Lefeuvre, F.; Turpening, R.; Caravana, C.; Born, A. . Earth Resources Lab.); Nicoletis, L. )

    1993-06-01

    Fracture or stress-related shear-wave birefringence (or azimuthal anisotropy) from vertical seismic profiles (VSPs) is commonly observed today, but no attempt is made to fit the observations with observed in-situ fractures and velocities. With data from a hard rock (limestones, dolomites, and anhydrites) region of Michigan, fast and slow shear-wave velocities have been derived from a nine-component zero offset VSP and compared to shear-wave velocities from two full waveform acoustic logs. To represent the shear-wave birefringence that affects the shear wave's vertical propagation, a propagator matrix technique is used allowing a local measurement independent of the overburden layers. The picked times obtained by using a correlation technique have been corrected in the birefringent regions before they compute the fast and slow velocities. Although there are some differences between the three velocity sets, there is a good fit between the velocities from the shear-wave VSP and those from the two logs. The authors suspect the formations showing birefringence to be vertically fractured. To support this, they examine the behavior of the Stoneley wave on the full waveform acoustic logs in the formations. In addition, they analyze the borehole televiewer data from a nearby well. There is a good fit between the fractures seen from the VSP data and those seen from the borehole.

  18. Spatial parallelism of a 3D finite difference, velocity-stress elastic wave propagation code

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    Minkoff, S.E.

    1999-12-01

    Finite difference methods for solving the wave equation more accurately capture the physics of waves propagating through the earth than asymptotic solution methods. Unfortunately, finite difference simulations for 3D elastic wave propagation are expensive. The authors model waves in a 3D isotropic elastic earth. The wave equation solution consists of three velocity components and six stresses. The partial derivatives are discretized using 2nd-order in time and 4th-order in space staggered finite difference operators. Staggered schemes allow one to obtain additional accuracy (via centered finite differences) without requiring additional storage. The serial code is most unique in its ability to model a number of different types of seismic sources. The parallel implementation uses the MPI library, thus allowing for portability between platforms. Spatial parallelism provides a highly efficient strategy for parallelizing finite difference simulations. In this implementation, one can decompose the global problem domain into one-, two-, and three-dimensional processor decompositions with 3D decompositions generally producing the best parallel speedup. Because I/O is handled largely outside of the time-step loop (the most expensive part of the simulation) the authors have opted for straight-forward broadcast and reduce operations to handle I/O. The majority of the communication in the code consists of passing subdomain face information to neighboring processors for use as ghost cells. When this communication is balanced against computation by allocating subdomains of reasonable size, they observe excellent scaled speedup. Allocating subdomains of size 25 x 25 x 25 on each node, they achieve efficiencies of 94% on 128 processors. Numerical examples for both a layered earth model and a homogeneous medium with a high-velocity blocky inclusion illustrate the accuracy of the parallel code.

  19. Backward waves with double zero-group-velocity points in a liquid-filled pipe.

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    Cui, Hanyin; Lin, Weijun; Zhang, Hailan; Wang, Xiuming; Trevelyan, Jon

    2016-03-01

    Hollow cylinders often exhibit backward propagation modes whose group and phase velocities have opposite directions, and these exhibit a minimum possible frequency at which the group velocity vanishes at a nonzero wavenumber. These zero-group-velocity (ZGV) points are associated with resonant conditions in the medium. On the basis of ZGV resonances, a non-contact and laser ultrasound technique has been developed to measure elastic constants of hollow pipes. This paper provides a theoretical and numerical investigation of the influence of the contained liquid on backward waves and associated ZGV modes, in order to explore whether this ZGV technique is suitable for in-service non-destructive evaluations of liquid-filled pipes. Dispersion spectra and excitation properties have been analyzed. It is found that the presence of the liquid causes an increased number of backward modes and ZGVs which are highly excitable by a point source. In addition, several guided modes twice undergo a change of sign in the slopes of their dispersion curves, leading to two ZGV points. This phenomenon of double ZGVs in one backward wave, which is caused by strong mode repulsions, has not been found in isotropic hollow cylinders, but it can be observed in a fluid-filled thin-walled pipe. PMID:27036254

  20. Fast simulated annealing inversion of surface waves on pavement using phase-velocity spectra

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    Ryden, N.; Park, C.B.

    2006-01-01

    The conventional inversion of surface waves depends on modal identification of measured dispersion curves, which can be ambiguous. It is possible to avoid mode-number identification and extraction by inverting the complete phase-velocity spectrum obtained from a multichannel record. We use the fast simulated annealing (FSA) global search algorithm to minimize the difference between the measured phase-velocity spectrum and that calculated from a theoretical layer model, including the field setup geometry. Results show that this algorithm can help one avoid getting trapped in local minima while searching for the best-matching layer model. The entire procedure is demonstrated on synthetic and field data for asphalt pavement. The viscoelastic properties of the top asphalt layer are taken into account, and the inverted asphalt stiffness as a function of frequency compares well with laboratory tests on core samples. The thickness and shear-wave velocity of the deeper embedded layers are resolved within 10% deviation from those values measured separately during pavement construction. The proposed method may be equally applicable to normal soil site investigation and in the field of ultrasonic testing of materials. ?? 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  1. AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF SHOCK WAVES RESULTING FROM THE IMPACT OF HIGH VELOCITY MISSILES ON ANIMAL TISSUES

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    Harvey, E. Newton; McMillen, J. Howard

    1947-01-01

    The spark shadowgram method of studying shock waves is described. It has been used to investigate the properties of such waves produced by the impact of a high velocity missile on the surface of water. The method can be adapted for study of behavior of shock waves in tissue by placing the tissue on a water surface or immersing it in water. Spark shadowgrams then reveal waves passing from tissue to water or reflected from tissue surfaces. Reflection and transmission of shock waves from muscle, liver, stomach, and intestinal wall are compared with reflection from non-living surfaces such as gelatin gel, steel, plexiglas, cork, and air. Because of its heterogeneous structure, waves transmitted by tissue are dispersed and appear as a series of wavelets. When the accoustical impedance (density x wave velocity) of a medium is less than that in which the wave is moving, reflection will occur with inversion of the wave; i.e., a high pressure wave will become a low pressure wave. This inversion occurs at an air surface and is illustrated by shadowgrams of reflection from stomach wall, from a segment of colon filled with gas, and from air-filled rubber balloons. Bone (human skull and beef ribs) shows good reflection and some transmission of shock waves. When steel is directly hit by a missile, clearly visible elastic waves pass from metal to water, but a similar direct hit on bone does not result in elastic waves strong enough to be detected by a spark shadowgram. PMID:19871617

  2. Evolution of microstructure and elastic wave velocities in dehydrated gypsum samples

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    Milsch, Harald; Priegnitz, Mike

    2012-12-01

    We report on changes in P and S-wave velocities and rock microstructure induced by devolatilization reactions using gypsum as a reference analog material. Cylindrical samples of natural alabaster were dehydrated in air, at ambient pressure, and temperatures between 378 and 423 K. Dehydration did not proceed homogeneously but via a reaction front moving sample inwards separating an outer highly porous rim from the remaining gypsum which, above approximately 393 (±5) K, concurrently decomposed into hemihydrate. Overall porosity was observed to continuously increase with reaction progress from approximately 2% for fully hydrated samples to 30% for completely dehydrated ones. Concurrently, P and S-wave velocities linearly decreased with porosity from 5.2 and 2.7 km/s to 1.0 and 0.7 km/s, respectively. It is concluded that a linearized empirical Raymer-type model extended by a critical porosity term and based on the respective time dependent mineral and pore volumes reasonably replicates the P and S-wave data in relation to reaction progress and porosity.

  3. Apparent Attenuation and Dispersion Arising in Seismic Body-Wave Velocity Retrieval

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    Wirgin, Armand

    2016-04-01

    The fact that seismologists often make measurements, using natural seismic solicitations, of properties of the Earth on rather large scales (laterally and in terms of depth) has led to interrogations as to whether attenuation of body waves is dispersive and even significant. The present study, whose aim is to clarify these complicated issues, via a controlled thought measurement, concerns the retrieval of a single, real body wave velocity of a simple geophysical configuration (involving two homogeneous, isotropic, non-dissipative media, one occupying the layer, the other the substratum), from its simulated response to pulsed plane wave probe radiation. This inverse problem is solved, at all frequencies within the bandwidth of the pulse. Due to discordance between the models associated with the assumed and trial responses, the imaginary part of the retrieved velocity turns out to be non-nil even when both the layer and substratum are non-lossy, and, in fact, to be all the greater, the larger is the discordance. The reason for this cannot be due to intrinsic attenuation, scattering, or geometrical spreading since these phenomena are absent in the chosen thought experiment, but rather to uncertainty in the measurement model.

  4. Mapping Deep Low Velocity Zones in Alaskan Arctic Coastal Permafrost using Seismic Surface Waves

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    Dou, S.; Ajo Franklin, J. B.; Dreger, D. S.

    2012-12-01

    Permafrost degradation may be an important amplifier of climate change; Thawing of near-surface sediments holds the potential of increasing greenhouse gas emissions due to microbial decomposition of preserved organic carbon. Recently, the characterization of "deep" carbon pools (several meters below the surface) in circumpolar frozen ground has increased the estimated amount of soil carbon to three times higher than what was previously thought. It is therefore potentially important to include the characteristics and processes of deeper permafrost strata (on the orders of a few to tens of meters below surface) in climate models for improving future predictions of accessible carbon and climate feedbacks. This extension is particularly relevant if deeper formations are not completely frozen and may harbor on-going microbial activity despite sub-zero temperatures. Unfortunately, the characterization of deep permafrost systems is non-trivial; logistics and drilling constraints often limit direct characterization to relatively shallow units. Geophysical measurements, either surface or airborne, are often the most effective tools for evaluating these regions. Of the available geophysical techniques, the analysis of seismic surface waves (e.g. MASW) has several unique advantages, mainly the ability to provide field-scale information with good depth resolution as well as penetration (10s to 100s of m with small portable sources). Surface wave methods are also able to resolve low velocity regions, a class of features that is difficult to characterize using traditional P-wave refraction methods. As part of the Department of Energy (DOE) Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE-Arctic) project, we conducted a three-day seismic field survey (May 12 - 14, 2012) at the Barrow Environmental Observatory, which is located within the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain. Even though permafrost at the study site is continuous, ice-rich and thick (>= 350m), our Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves (MASW) suggests the existence of pronounced low shear wave velocity zones that span the depth range of 2 - 30 meters; this zone has shear velocity values comparable to partially thawed soils. Such features coincide with previous findings of very low electrical resistivity structure (as low as ~10 Ohm*m at some locations) from measurements obtained in the first NGEE-Arctic geophysical field campaign (conducted in the week of September 24 - October 1, 2011). These low shear velocity zones are likely representative of regions with high unfrozen water content and thus have important implications on the rate of microbial activity and the vulnerability of deep permafrost carbon pools. Analysis of this dataset required development of a novel inversion approach based on waveform inversion. The existence of multiple closely spaced Rayleigh wave modes made traditional inversion based on mode picking virtually impossible; As a result, we selected a direct misfit evaluation based on comparing dispersion images in the phase velocity/frequency domain. The misfit function was optimized using a global search algorithm, in this case Huyer and Neumaier's Multi Coordinate Search algorithm (MCS). This combination of MCS and waveform misfit allowed recovery of the low velocity region despite the existence of closely spaced modes.

  5. Limits of Line VISAR data interpretation with large spatial velocity variations.

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    Furnish, Michael

    2015-06-01

    Line-imaging velocimetry provides information on position dependence of velocity histories, and in turn on grain anisotropies, texture, variability, and nonplanar material motion. In recent experiments on copper bicrystals, strong position dependence of motion created complicated fringe patterns not amenable to conventional analysis methods (mock quadrature or FFT). The data were initially interpreted by hand. Subsequently, a Matlab-based program was prepared to reduce such records by a fringe-trace method, as well as to extract precise wave-transit time information. Limits and capabilities of such analyses will be discussed and set in the context of other methods, using experimental and synthetic data. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  6. Multi-scale compressional wave velocity structure of the San Gregorio Fault zone

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    Gettemy, G. L.; Tobin, H. J.; Hole, J. A.; Sayed, A. Y.

    2004-03-01

    Understanding fault architecture at multiple scales is crucial to delineate in situ fault zone physical properties and rupture dynamics through modeling and geophysical imaging/monitoring. An exposure of the active large-offset, strike-slip San Gregorio Fault at Moss Beach, CA provides a unique field site to relate the well-mapped fault zone architecture with compressional wave velocity (Vp) structure measured at centimeter to meter scales. Laboratory ultrasonic velocities of fault zone samples, adjusted for fluid-related frequency and structural dispersion, indicate that (i) a seismic velocity reduction of ~30% characterizes the central smectite-rich clay gouge relative to the rocks 100 m away in the relatively undeformed host rocks, and (ii) the across-fault velocity profile trends for the seismic to ultrasonic bandwidth correlate almost exactly to the previously mapped macroscale fault zone structure. These results highlight the value of conducting multiscaled investigations when measuring fault zone properties defined by physical elements at multiple scale lengths.

  7. Elastic-wave velocity in marine sediments with gas hydrates: Effective medium modeling

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Helgerud, M.B.; Dvorkin, J.; Nur, A.; Sakai, A.; Collett, T.

    1999-01-01

    We offer a first-principle-based effective medium model for elastic-wave velocity in unconsolidated, high porosity, ocean bottom sediments containing gas hydrate. The dry sediment frame elastic constants depend on porosity, elastic moduli of the solid phase, and effective pressure. Elastic moduli of saturated sediment are calculated from those of the dry frame using Gassmann's equation. To model the effect of gas hydrate on sediment elastic moduli we use two separate assumptions: (a) hydrate modifies the pore fluid elastic properties without affecting the frame; (b) hydrate becomes a component of the solid phase, modifying the elasticity of the frame. The goal of the modeling is to predict the amount of hydrate in sediments from sonic or seismic velocity data. We apply the model to sonic and VSP data from ODP Hole 995 and obtain hydrate concentration estimates from assumption (b) consistent with estimates obtained from resistivity, chlorinity and evolved gas data. Copyright 1999 by the American Geophysical Union.

  8. Modeling and simulation of continuous wave velocity radar based on third-order DPLL

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Di, Yan; Zhu, Chen; Hong, Ma

    2015-02-01

    Second-order digital phase-locked-loop (DPLL) is widely used in traditional Continuous wave (CW)