In this section, elementary scattering relations will be derived for the case of longitudinal force and velocity waves in an ideal string or rod. In solids, force-density waves are referred to as stress waves [170,263]. Longitudinal stress waves in strings and rods have units of (compressive) force per unit area and are analogous to longitudinal pressure waves in acoustic tubes.
A single waveguide section between two partial sections is shown in Fig.C.19. The sections are numbered 0 through from left to right, and their wave impedances are , , and , respectively. Such a rod might be constructed, for example, using three different materials having three different densities. In the th section, there are two stress traveling waves: traveling to the right at speed , and traveling to the left at speed . To minimize the numerical dynamic range, velocity waves may be chosen instead when .
As in the case of transverse waves (see the derivation of (C.46)), the traveling longitudinal plane waves in each section satisfy [170,263]
If the wave impedance is constant, the shape of a traveling wave is not altered as it propagates from one end of a rod-section to the other. In this case we need only consider and at one end of each section as a function of time. As shown in Fig.C.19, we define as the force-wave component at the extreme left of section . Therefore, at the extreme right of section , we have the traveling waves and , where is the travel time from one end of a section to the other.
For generality, we may allow the wave impedances to vary with time. A number of possibilities exist which satisfy (C.57) in the time-varying case. For the moment, we will assume the traveling waves at the extreme right of section are still given by and . This definition, however, implies the velocity varies inversely with the wave impedance. As a result, signal energy, being the product of force times velocity, is ``pumped'' into or out of the waveguide by a changing wave impedance. Use of normalized waves avoids this. However, normalization increases the required number of multiplications, as we will see in §C.8.6 below.
As before, the physical force density (stress) and velocity at the
left end of section
are obtained by summing the left- and
right-going traveling wave components: