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2007.78: Effective wave propagation in a prestressed nonlinear elastic composite bar

2007.78: William J Parnell (2007) Effective wave propagation in a prestressed nonlinear elastic composite bar. IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, 72 (2). pp. 223-244. ISSN 1464-3634

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DOI: 10.1093/imamat/hx1033


The problem of determining the effective incremental response of nonlinearly elastic composite materials given some initial pre-stress, is of interest in numerous application areas. In particular the case when small amplitude elastic waves pass through a pre-stressed inhomogeneous structure is of great importance. Of specific interest is how the initial finite deformation affects the microstructure and thus the subsequent response of the structure. Modelling this effect is in general extremely difficult.

In this article we consider the simplest problem of this type where the material is a one dimensional composite bar consisting of two distinct phases, periodically distributed. Neglecting lateral contractions, the initial deformation is thus piecewise homogeneous and we can therefore determine the incremental behaviour semi-analytically, given the constitutive behaviour (strain energy function) of the phases in question. We apply asymptotic homogenization theory in the deformed configuration in order to find the effective response of the deformed material in the low frequency limit where the wavelength of the propagating waves is much longer than the characteristic lengthscale of the microstructure. We close by considering the arbitrary frequency case and illustrate how the initial deformation affects the location of stop and pass bands of the material. Work is underway to confirm these results experimentally.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:homogenization, nonlinear elasticity, rubber composites, elastic waves
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 74 Mechanics of deformable solids
PACS 2003 > 46 Continuum mechanics of solids
MIMS number:2007.78
Deposited By:Dr William J Parnell
Deposited On:15 May 2007

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