Ruben Pico Vila

Polytechnic University of ValenciaSpain

Dr. Rubén Picó Vila is a researcher of the Applied Physics Department at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, UPV, (Spain) and member of the Research Institute for Integrated Management of Coastal (IGIC). Doctor of physics at UPV and Doctor of Acoustics at the University of Maine, (Le Mans, France) in 2004. He has published in the field of acoustics and vibroacoustics in several journals indexed at JCR-SCI. He has participated in several national research projects concerning fundamental research of acoustic systems. He is the leader of a both regional fund projects based on vibroacoustography and periodic media.

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Acoustics is an discipline that deals with many types of fields wave phenomena. Originally the field of Acoustics was consecrated to the sound, that is, the study of small pressure waves in air detected by the human ear. The scope of this field of physics has been extended to higher and lower frequencies and to higher intensity levels. Moreover, structural vibrations are also included in acoustics as a wave phenomena produced by elastic waves. This book is focused on acoustic waves in fluid media and elastic perturbations in heterogeneous media. Many different systems are analyzed in this book like layered media, solitons, piezoelectric substrates, crystalline systems, granular materials, interface waves, phononic crystals, acoustic levitation and soft media. Numerical methods are also presented as a fourth-order Runge-Kutta method and an inverse scattering method.

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