A time domain direct boundary integral method for a viscoelastic plane with circular holes and elastic inclusions

Yun Huang, Steven L. Crouch, Sofia G. Mogilevskaya

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This paper considers the problem of an infinite, isotropic viscoelastic plane containing an arbitrary number of randomly distributed, non-overlapping circular holes and isotropic elastic inclusions. The holes and inclusions are of arbitrary size. All inclusions are assumed to be perfectly bonded to the material matrix but the elastic properties of the inclusions can be different from one another. The Kelvin model is employed to simulate the viscoelastic plane. The numerical approach combines a direct boundary integral method for a similar problem of an infinite elastic plane containing multiple circular holes and elastic inclusions described in [Crouch SL, Mogilevskaya SG. On the use of Somigliana's formula and Fourier series for elasticity problems with circular boundaries. Int J Numer Methods Eng 2003;58:537-578], and a time-marching strategy for viscoelastic material analysis described in [Mesquita AD, Coda HB, Boundary integral equation method for general viscoelastic analysis. Int J Solids Struct 2002;39:2643-2664]. Several numerical examples are given to verify the approach. For benchmark problems with one inclusion, results are compared with the analytical solution obtained using the correspondence principle and analytical Laplace transform inversion. For an example with two holes and two inclusions, results are compared with numerical solutions obtained by commercial finite element software - ANSYS. Benchmark results for a more complicated example with 25 inclusions are also given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-737
Number of pages13
JournalEngineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Boundary integral method
  • Circular holes
  • Fourier series
  • Inclusions
  • Kelvin model
  • Time domain
  • Viscoelasticity


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