Multiple circular nano-inhomogeneities and/or nano-pores in one of two joined isotropic elastic half-planes

Matthieu Jammes, Sofia G. Mogilevskaya, Steven L. Crouch

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The paper considers the problem of multiple interacting circular nano-inhomogeneities or/and nano-pores located in one of two joined, dissimilar isotropic elastic half-planes. The analysis is based on the solutions of the elastostatic problems for (i) the bulk material of two bonded, dissimilar elastic half-planes and (ii) the bulk material of a circular disc. These solutions are coupled with the Gurtin and Murdoch model of material surfaces [Gurtin ME, Murdoch AI. A continuum theory of elastic material surfaces. Arch Ration Mech Anal 1975;57:291-323; Gurtin ME, Murdoch AI. Surface stress in solids. Int J Solids Struct 1978;14:431-40.]. Each elastostatic problem is solved with the use of complex Somigliana traction identity [Mogilevskaya SG, Linkov AM. Complex fundamental solutions and complex variables boundary element method in elasticity. Comput Mech 1998;22:88-92]. The complex boundary displacements and tractions at each circular boundary are approximated by a truncated complex Fourier series, and the unknown Fourier coefficients are found from a system of linear algebraic equations obtained by using a Taylor series expansion. The resulting semi-analytical method allows one to calculate the elastic fields everywhere in the half-planes and inside the nano-inhomogeneities. Numerical examples demonstrate that (i) the method is effective in solving the problems with multiple nano-inhomogeneities, and (ii) the elastic response of a composite system is profoundly influenced by the sizes of the nano-features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-248
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Analysis with Boundary Elements
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Bonded half-planes
  • Complex Somigiliana traction identity
  • Gurtin and Murdoch's model
  • Multiple circular nano-inhomogeneities or/and nano-pores


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