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Effective Willis constitutive equations for periodically stratified anisotropic elastic media

, : Effective Willis constitutive equations for periodically stratified anisotropic elastic media. Proceedings Mathematical Physical & Engineering Sciences 467(2130): 1749-1769

A method to derive homogeneous effective constitutive equations for periodically layered elastic media is proposed. The crucial and novel idea underlying the procedure is that the coefficients of the dynamic effective medium can be associated with the matrix logarithm of the propagator over a unit period. The effective homogeneous equations are shown to have the structure of a Willis material, characterized by anisotropic inertia and coupling between momentum and strain, in addition to effective elastic constants. Expressions are presented for the Willis material parameters which are formally valid at any frequency and horizontal wavenumber as long as the matrix logarithm is well defined. The general theory is exemplified for scalar SH motion. Low frequency, long wavelength expansions of the effective material parameters are also developed using a Magnus series, and explicit estimates are derived for the rate of convergence.


DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2010.0389

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