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Reflections on mathematical models of deformation waves in elastic microstructured solids

Jüri Engelbrecht and Arkadi Berezovski

Vol. 3 (2015), No. 1, 43–82

This paper describes the mathematical models derived for wave propagation in solids with internal structure. The focus of the overview is on one-dimensional models which enlarge the classical wave equation by higher-order terms. The crucial parameter in models is the ratio of characteristic lengths of the excitation and the internal structure. Novel approaches based on the concept of internal variables permit one to take the thermodynamical conditions into account directly. Examples of generalisations include frequency-dependent multiscale models, nonlinear models and thermoelasticity. The substructural complexity within the framework of elasticity gives rise to dispersion of waves. Dispersion analysis shows that acoustic and optical branches of dispersion curves together describe properly wave phenomena in microstructured solids. In the case of nonlinear models, the governing equations are of the Boussinesq type. It is argued that such models of waves in solids with microstructure display properties that can be analysed as phenomena of complexity.

wave motion, microstructured solids, internal variables, dispersion, nonlinearity
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 74A30, 74J99, 74E05, 74H99
Received: 29 October 2013
Revised: 16 May 2014
Accepted: 21 July 2014
Published: 13 February 2015

Communicated by Francesco dell'Isola
Jüri Engelbrecht
Centre for Nonlinear Studies (CENS)
Institute of Cybernetics atTallinn University of Technology
Akadeemia Tee 21
12618 Tallinn
Arkadi Berezovski
Centre for Nonlinear Studies (CENS)
Institute of Cybernetics atTallinn University of Technology
Akadeemia Tee 21
12618 Tallinn