Wave propagation in elastic membranes

In: Nonlinear Deformation Waves : Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium on Nonlinear Deformation Waves, Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR, August 22-28, 1982 / Nigul, Uno; Engelbrecht, Jüri (Hrsg.)
Berlin (u.a.): Springer (1983), S. 379-384
ISBN: 3-540-12216-8, 0-387-12216-8
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Maschinenbau
The propagation of waves in a previously deformed elastic membrane is investigated. The membrane is considered as a simple two-dimensional continuum, thus neglecting the dispersive effects of finite thickness. The strain-induced anisotropy of wave propagation is represented by slowness and ray curves. The three branches of each of these curves correspond to one flexural wave and two in-plane deformation waves. The intensity of an acceleration wave is governed by a transport equation, i.e., an ordinary differential equation valid along the rays of the propagating wave front. Its closed-form solution is presented for the case of a flat membrane subjected to an arbitrary homogeneous deformation.