Geometric Optics for Surface Waves in Nonlinear Elasticity

; Mark Williams

This work is devoted to the analysis of high frequency solutions to the equations of nonlinear elasticity in a half-space. The authors consider surface waves (or more precisely, Rayleigh waves) arising in the general class of isotropic hyperelastic models, which includes in particular the Saint Venant-Kirchhoff system. Les mer
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This work is devoted to the analysis of high frequency solutions to the equations of nonlinear elasticity in a half-space. The authors consider surface waves (or more precisely, Rayleigh waves) arising in the general class of isotropic hyperelastic models, which includes in particular the Saint Venant-Kirchhoff system. Work has been done by a number of authors since the 1980s on the formulation and well-posedness of a nonlinear evolution equation whose (exact) solution gives the leading term of an approximate Rayleigh wave solution to the underlying elasticity equations. This evolution equation, which is referred to as ``the amplitude equation'', is an integrodifferential equation of nonlocal Burgers type. The authors begin by reviewing and providing some extensions of the theory of the amplitude equation. The remainder of the paper is devoted to a rigorous proof in 2D that exact, highly oscillatory, Rayleigh wave solutions $u^{\varepsilon} $ to the nonlinear elasticity equations exist on a fixed time interval independent of the wavelength $\varepsilon $, and that the approximate Rayleigh wave solution provided by the analysis of the amplitude equation is indeed close in a precise sense to $u^{\varepsilon}$ on a time interval independent of $\varepsilon $. This paper focuses mainly on the case of Rayleigh waves that are pulses, which have profiles with continuous Fourier spectrum, but the authors' method applies equally well to the case of wavetrains, whose Fourier spectrum is discrete.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

General introduction
Derivation of the weakly nonlinear amplitude equation
Existence of exact solutions
Approximate solutions
Error Analysis and proof of Theorem 3.8
Some extensions
Appendix A. Singular pseudodifferential calculus for pulses
Bibliography.

Om forfatteren

Jean-Francois Coulombel, Universite de Nantes, France

Mark Williams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC