Acceleration Wave Propagation in Hyperelastic Rods of Variable Cross-Section.
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WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CENTER
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It is shown that when an acceleration wave propagates in a hyperelastic rod with slowly varying cross-section, the transport equation for the wave intensity is a generalized Riccati equation. The three coefficients in the equation all depend on the material properties, but only the coefficient of the quadratic term is independent of the effect of area change. Three theorems are proved, based on the use of comparison equations, which establish that in general the acceleration wave intensity will become infinite escape after the wave has propagated only a finite distance along the rod. The existence of thresholds for the initial intensity are also established in certain cases, with their most notable property being that as the initial intensity decreases towards the threshold, so the distance the wave propagates to escape increases without bound. Author
- Numerical Mathematics