On the Behavior of Acceleration Waves in Deformed Elastic Nonconductors

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P. J. Chen

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, N. Mex.

J. Appl. Mech 39(1), 114-118 (Mar 01, 1972) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3422597 History: Received March 08, 1971; Online July 12, 2010


In this paper, we consider one-dimensional acceleration waves propagating in an elastic nonconductor of heat which is at rest in a nonhomogeneous configuration. We show that there exists a number called the critical initial amplitude which either vanishes or is finite depending on the nature of the strain field just ahead of the waves and the material properties, and that under various physically reasonable circumstances the behavior of the waves can be quite different.

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