Scientific Visualization in Acoustics

Scientific visualization is an extremely powerful tool in acoustics, as both acoustics experiments and computational procedures can produces gigabytes of data. Scientific visualization allows for the quick interpretation of complicated relationships.

Here is an example of a scientific visualization of backscattering of acoustical waves from an infinite cylindrical thin shell:

The horizontal axis is nondimensionalized frequency, and the vertical axis is the angle of incidence. The red lines indicate shear waves in the shell that couple to the acoustic waves in the fluid, the yellow lines indicate compressional waves, and the blue line indicates specular (rigid body) reflection.

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