ECE 545
Advanced Physical Acoustics

Displaying course information from Fall 2013.

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
A LCD 1000 - 1050 M W F   204 Transportation Building  William O'Brien
Michael Oelze
Official Description Advanced topics in acoustics including physical properties of a fluid; linear propagation phenomena; nonlinear phenomena such as radiation force, streaming, and harmonic generation; cavitation; absorption and dispersion. Course Information: Prerequisite: One of ECE 473, ECE 520, TAM 518.
Subject Area Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 473 or ECE 520 or TAM 518
Course Directors Michael L Oelze
Detailed Description and Outline


  • Linear propagation: physical properties of a fluid; linearized wave equation; sources; transient analysis; scattering theory
  • Nonlinear phenomena: nonlinear equations of motion; radiation force; streaming; harmonic generation; cavitation
  • Absorption and dispersion processes: classical; relaxational

Same as TAM 515.


A.D. Pierce, Acoustics: An Introduction to Its Physical Principles and Applications, Acoustical Society.

Collateral Reading:
P.M. Morse and K.V. Ingard, Theoretical Acoustics.
R.T. Beyer and S.V. Letcher, Physical Ultrasonics.
R.T. Beyer, Nonlinear Acoustics.

Last updated: 2/13/2013