Nonlinear transverse waves in deformed dispersive solids
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DESTRADE, M., SACCOMANDI, G. (2008) 'Nonlinear transverse waves in deformed dispersive solids'. Wave Motion, Special Issue in Honour of J. Achenbach, 45 :325-336.
We present a phenomenological approach to dispersion in nonlinear elasticity. A simple, thermomechanically sound, constitutive model is proposed to describe the (non-dissipative) properties of a hyperelastic dispersive solid, without recourse to a microstructure or a special geometry. As a result, nonlinear and dispersive waves can travel in the bulk of such solids, and special waves emerge, some classic (periodic waves or pulse solitary waves of infinite extend), some exotic (kink or pulse waves of compact support). We show that for incompressible dispersive power-law solids and fourth-order elasticity solids, solitary waves can, however, only exist in the case of linear transverse polarization. We also study the influence of pre-stretch and hardening. We provide links with other (quasi-continuum, asymptotic) theories; in particular, an appropriate asymptotic multiscale expansion specializes our exact equations of motion to the vectorial MKdV equation, for any hyperelastic material.