# Effective wavenumbers

As the effective wavenumbers depend only on the microstructure, we need only specify the Species and the background's PhysicalMediums properties. At present only Acoustic mediums are defined.

In the background, this package solves the dispersion equation for plane-waves, as this is simpler. Though we are able to formulate and solve dispersion equations for other waves, see example ...

For the low frequency and low volume fraction limits, there exist simple analytic formulas that give only one effective wavenumber. Beyond these limits, there are multiple wavenumbers in the general case.

## Low frequency

In the low frequency limit there are explicit formulas for any volume fraction of particles. These formulas have been confirmed by a number of different analytic methods.

For acoustics in 3 dimensions we can calculate the effective properties, which we illustrate for the effective density $\rho_*$ and bulk modulus $\beta_*$:

$$$\frac{1}{\beta_*} = \frac{1}{\beta} + \frac{\langle\Delta \beta_*\rangle}{\beta},$$$$$$\rho_* = \rho \frac{1 -\langle\Delta \rho_* \rangle}{1 + 2 \langle\Delta \rho_* \rangle},$$$

where[1]

$$$\langle \Delta \beta_* \rangle = \sum_j \frac{\beta - \beta_j}{\beta_j} \varphi_j,$$$

and

$$$\langle \Delta \rho_* \rangle = \sum_j \frac{\rho - \rho_j}{\rho + 2 \rho_j} \varphi_j,$$$

where $\varphi_j$ is the volume fraction occupied by the particles with the properties $\beta_j$ and $\rho_j$, so that $\sum_j \varphi_j = \varphi$, the total particle volume fraction. Note that for spheres $\varphi_j = \frac{4 \pi a_j^3}{3} n_j$, where $a_j$ is the radius of the $j$ specie, and $n_j$ is the number of particles of the $j$ specie per volume.

We use the code below to calculate these quantities.

spatial_dim = 3
medium = Acoustic(spatial_dim; ρ=1.2, c=1.5)

# Choose the species
s1 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.2
);

s2 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.15
);
species = [s1,s2]

# Choose the frequency
ω = 1e-2
k = ω / real(medium.c)

# Check that we are indeed in a low frequency limit

# output

true

From these we can get the effective sound speed $c_* = \sqrt{\beta_*/ \rho_*}$ and the effective wavenumber $k_* = \omega / c_*$.

eff_medium = effective_medium(medium, species)
eff_medium.c

# output

1.735082366476732 + 0.0im

## Low volume fraction

In the limit of a low volume fraction of particles, there we again have explicit formulas. These formulas are more accurate for weak scatterers, i.e. particles that do not scatter much energy.


# Choose the species
s1 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.02
);

s2 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.03
);
species = [s1,s2]

# Choose the frequency
ω = 1.0

As we are dealing with finite frequency, we can specify basis_order the number of multi-poles to consider. In 3D basis_order is maximum degree of the spherical harmonics. This parameter should be increased when increasing the frequency.

basis_order = 2
k1 = wavenumber_low_volumefraction(ω, medium, species; basis_order = basis_order);

## The general case

In the general case, there are multiple effective wavenumbers $k_p$ for the same incident frequency. These $k_p$ require numerical optimisation to find (together with the help of asymptotics). This task can be the most computational demanding.


# Choose the species
s1 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.2
);

s2 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.1
);
species = [s1,s2]

# Choose the frequency
ω = 1.0

# Calculate at least 5 of the effective wavenumbers
kps = wavenumbers(ω, medium, species; basis_order = 2, num_wavenumbers = 5)

If you have the Plots package installed, you can then visualise the result

using Plots

scatter(kps,
xlab = "Im kp", ylab = "Re kp", lab = ""
, title = "Effective wavenumbers")

In this case there is one effective wavenumber $k_1$ with an imaginary part much smaller than the others. This means that the wavemode $\phi_1$ associated with $k_1$, see Theoretical background, is the only wavemode which makes a significant contribution.

However, be warned! It is easy to find a case where two effective wavenumbers become important. All we need to have is a specie that scatters wave strongly. Examples of this in acoustics are gas bubbles in a background liquid, or liquid/gas pockets in a background solid.

For example, we need only lower the sound speed of s1 above:


# Choose the species
s2 = Specie(
volume_fraction=0.1
);
species = [s1,s2]

# Calculate at least 5 of the effective wavenumbers
kps = wavenumbers(ω, medium, species; basis_order = 2, num_wavenumbers = 5)

If you have the Plots package installed, you can then visualise the result

using Plots

scatter(kps,
xlab = "Im kp", ylab = "Re kp", lab = ""
, title = "Effective wavenumbers")

• 1The sums below are actually approximations of integrals over $\varphi_j$.