Omnidirectional broadband insulating device for flexural waves in thin plates

Autores UPV
Revista Journal of Applied Physics


This work presents a gradient index device for insulating from vibrations a circular area of a thin plate. The gradient of the refractive index is achieved exploiting the thickness-dependence of the dispersion relation of flexural waves in thin plates. A well-like thickness profile in an annular region of the plate is used to mimic the combination of an attractive and repulsive potentials, focusing waves at its bottom and dissipating them by means of an absorptive layer placed on top. The central area is therefore isolated from vibrations, while they are dissipated at the bottom of the well. Simulations have been done using the multilayer multiple scattering method and the results prove their broadband efficiency and omnidirectional properties.