This ebook is a suite of chosen reviewed papers that have been offered on the foreign Union of Theoretical and utilized Mechanics Symposium "Mechanical waves for composite constructions characterization". The Symposium happened June 14-17, 2000 in Chania, Crete, Greece. As is ordinary, IUTAM Symposia lawsuits are released within the sequence "Solid Mechanics and Its functions" via Kluwer educational Publishers. i'm indebted to Professor G. M. L. Gladwell who's the sequence editor. i'd additionally wish to take this chance to specific my honest gratitude to Professor M. A. Hayes the Secretary basic of the overseas Union of Theoretical and utilized Mechanics and a member ofthe Symposium's clinical Committee. His consistent encouragement and help made the Symposium not just attainable but in addition profitable. To the luck additionally contributed all of the contributors of the Symposium's medical Committee which I had the respect to chair. I exhibit my appreciation to every one among them who're: Professor J. D. Achenbach (Northwestern college, Evanston, Illinois, USA), Professor M. A. Hayes (University collage, Dublin, Ireland), Professor okay. J. Langenberg (University of Kassel, Germany), Professor A. okay. Mal (University of California, l. a., USA), Professor X. Markenscoff (University of California, San Diego, USA), Professor S. Nair (Illinois Institute of expertise, Chicago, USA), Professor R. W. Ogden (University of Glasgow, UK), Professor G.