TY - JOUR
T1 - The behaviour of elastic surface waves polarized in a plane of material symmetry. I. Addendum
JF - Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
SP - 699
LP - 710
M3 - 10.1098/rspa.1991.0071
VL - 433
IS - 1889
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Y1 - 1991/06/08
UR - http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/433/1889/699.abstract
N2 - This addition to a recent paper by Chadwick (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A 430, 213 (1990); hereafter referred to as part I) has been prompted mainly by the discovery of secluded supersonic surface waves propagating in configurations of transversely isotropic elastic media in which the reference plane is not a plane of material symmetry and coexisting with a subsonic surface wave. The occurrence of a supersonic surface wave travelling in a direction e1 with speed vs implies that there are two homogeneous plane waves, with slowness vectors si and sr such that si . e1 = Sr . e1 = v-1s, which comprise the incident and reflected waves in a case of simple reflection at the traction-free boundary. Supersonic surface waves may therefore be found by searching within a suitably defined space of simple reflection, R. This is the approach which has led to the new results mentioned above and the principal conclusions of part I are re-examined here from the same point of view. It is found that, whereas the secluded supersonic surface waves in transversely isotropic media correspond to isolated points on a curvilinear projection of R which does not intersect the curve representing subsonic surface waves, the symmetric surface waves studied in part I define a curve which may lie partly inside and partly outside a projection of R in the form of a region, the interior points representing supersonic and the exterior points subsonic surface waves. This discussion is preceded by a simplification of the existence-uniqueness theorem proved in part I and followed by a reconsideration of the possibility that an inhomogeneous plane elastic wave can qualify as a surface wave. Such one-component surface waves do exist, but a symmetric surface wave necessarily contains two inhomogeneous plane waves.
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