Spectral analysis

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Spectral analysis

The phase of the spectral analysis is needed to determine the experimental dispersion curve. The software performs this analysis using the double discrete Fourier transform, applied to the variables of time and space.

It allows two types of analysis:


generation of the phase velocity-frequency spectrum;

generation of the wave number-frequency spectrum.






To perform the analysis with the phase velocity - frequency spectrum the following parameters can be set:


minimum frequency of research;

maximum frequency of research;

minimum speed of research;

maximum speed of research;

speed range to consider in the analysis.


Nota sulla frequnza massima di indagine        A note about the maximum frequency of research


To conduct a thorough analysis, the program allows the user to define a preliminary model of the terrain through which it is possible to visualize the dispersion curve directly on the processed spectrum of velocity-frequency. In the preliminary model, the last layer is always considered as infinite half-space, therefore the thickness can also be set to zero.

On this spectrum are identified also a set of points for the fundamental mode (mode 0) and for the higher modes (up to mode 4). The selection can be made only for the modes clearly ascertainable from spectral analysis.

The result of the selection is always summed up in the grid where all the results of identified modes are gathered.


The selection phase is being started by pressing the "Add points" button and ends by deselecting it. The points then can be moved and deleted by acting on the diagram or data grid. On the chart you can plot the maximums determined for each frequency of the processed spectrum.


When you move the mouse on the diagram the information related to the corresponded point is shown.


The "Polynomial regression" section can be a convenient tool in the phase of discovering points to use for the inversion. Enabling this menu, the maximums processed in spectral curve are plotted on the diagram with the trend curve that they identify. The user can choose the degree of the polynomial regression and the points to include in the computation. To exclude some points from the computation  is enough to select the "Exclude points" button and draw on the diagram a window to confine the points to discard. Similarly, using the "Add points" button you can insert some excluded points in the regression computation.




Using the regression curve, the software can choose a set of values ​​to use during the inversion. It is good to note that the selected points are considered as points of the fundamental mode.

The values automatically identified are plotted on the spectrum so that the user can refine the selection ​​both by inserting points related to higher modes as well as changing or deleting the ones already identified.


Other operations that can be made at this phase are:


export the displayed images;

fit the size of texts;

operate on the charts with tools such as zoom, pan etc..;

adapt graphics in full screen;

display the three-dimensional graph of the spectra and apply the desired rotations;

set the chart grid of spectra with a customized step.




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