Transient Shear Waves in Two Joined Elastic Quarter Spaces

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J. D. Achenbach

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 36(3), 491-496 (Sep 01, 1969) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3564706 History: Received February 11, 1969; Online September 14, 2011


A half space composed of two joined elastic quarter spaces of different material properties is subjected to time-varying shear tractions, which are applied parallel to the plane of juncture. The method of homogeneous solutions is used to solve the transient wave-propagation problem for the case that the surface tractions vary in time as Dirac delta functions. For surface tractions varying in time as Heaviside step functions, Duhamel superposition is employed to derive closed-form expressions for the shear stress in the plane of juncture. The interface shear stress shows a logarithmic singularity at the free surface.

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