Viscoelastic state of a semi-infinite medium with multiple circular elastic inhomogeneities

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This paper is concerned with the problem of an isotropic, linear viscoelastic half-plane containing multiple, isotropic, circular elastic inhomogeneities. Three types of loading conditions are allowed at the boundary of the half-plane: a point force, a force uniformly distributed over a segment, and a force uniformly distributed over the whole boundary of the half-plane. The half-plane is subjected to farfield stress that acts parallel to its boundary. The inhomogeneities are perfectly bonded to the material matrix. An inhomogeneity with zero elastic properties is treated as a hole; its boundary can be either traction free or subjected to uniform pressure. The analysis is based on the use of the elastic-viscoelastic correspondence principle. The problem in the Laplace space is reduced to the complementary problems for the bulk material of the perforated half-plane and the bulk material of each circular disc. Each problem is described by the transformed complex Somigliana's traction identity. The transformed complex boundary parameters at each circular boundary are approximated by a truncated complex Fourier series. Numerical inversion of the Laplace transform is used to obtain the time domain solutions everywhere in the half-plane and inside the inhomogeneities. The method allows one to adopt a variety of viscoelastic models. A number of numerical examples demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-87
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Correspondence principle
  • Direct boundary integral method
  • Multiple circular elastic inhomogeneities
  • Numerical Laplace inversion
  • Viscoelastic half-plane


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