Analysis of shear-wave attenuation in unconsolidated sands and glass beads

TitleAnalysis of shear-wave attenuation in unconsolidated sands and glass beads
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBuckingham MJ
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Date Published2014/11
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0001-4966
Accession NumberWOS:000344989000019
Keywordsdispersion; elastic waves; frequency range; including marine-sediments; penetration; pore-fluid viscosity; propagation; saturated sand; speed; velocity

Chotiros and Isakson [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 135, 3264-3279 (2014)] contend that the physics-based grain-shearing (GS) theories of wave propagation in granular materials are not consistent with one particular shear-attenuation data set for water-saturated angular sand that has appeared in the literature. This provides them with the rationale for developing their own model, an extension of the empirical Biot-Stoll model, which they designate the Extended Biot (EB) model. In this article, the EB model and the grain-shearing theories are briefly reviewed, and it is demonstrated that, in fact, the original GS theory accurately matches the frequency-dependent trends of all the shear attenuation data sets that are currently available, including those for saturated angular sands after random fluctuations are suppressed by averaging over several realizations of the medium. It is also pointed out that Chotiros and Isakson's treatment of the available shear-attenuation data is highly selective, and that the format in which they present the selected data makes their comparisons with theoretical models difficult to interpret. Thus, their attempts at validating the EB model and their conclusions concerning alternative theories should be treated with caution. (C) 2014 Acoustical Society of America.

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