Scattering of elastic waves by spheroidal elastic inclusions has been studied in this paper. Particular attention has been focused on the effect of interface layers between the inclusions and the matrix on the scattering cross-sections. It has been assumed that properties of each layer is constant through its thickness. For spheroidal inclusion this problem cannot be solved by exact means. We have used a hybrid finite element and wave function expansion technique to analyze the problem. It is shown that solutions thus obtained for spherical inclusions and cavities agree well with analytical solutions. For spheroidal inclusions we show that when the interface layer properties are intermediate between those of the particles and the matrix the scattering cross-section increases. These results can be useful in characterizing interface layer properties.

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