The axial transmission technique, which is used to estimate the phase velocity of an ultrasonic guided wave propagating along cortical bone is a promising tool for bone quality assessment. Lamb waves are ultrasonic guided waves that consist of multiple modes. The number of existing modes and the signal-to-noise ratio required for phase velocity estimation depend on the frequency of the signal. Hence, we employ an adaptive beamforming technique with spatial averaging to control signal-to-noise ratio and resolution by situating subarrays within the full array. Because the determination of the optimal size for spatial averaging is difficult, we propose a new algorithm that does not require a specific size with a new falsephasevelocity rejection technique. Using a 2.0-mm-thick copper plate, the proposed method accurately estimates phase velocity with fitting errors of 0.26 and 1.3%, as shown by simulation and experimental results, respectively. The measurement frequency ranges are more than twice wider than those measured by the conventional method.
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