Three-dimensional layerwise modeling of layered media with boundary integral equations
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The boundary integral equations are discretized using the boundary element method and a numerical model is developed for the single numerical layer (element). This model is extended to the case of a multilayered system by introducing appropriate continuity conditions at the interfaces between the layers (firmly bonded layers, or separation, slip and friction between the layers). Assembly of the element matrices yields the global system of equations, which can be solved via iterative techniques. In addition, numerical techniques are developed for the evaluation of the boundary and domain integrals involved in the construction of the element matrices. The singular boundary integrals are computed using a special coordinate transformation, along with a subdivision of the boundary element and a transformation of the Gauss points. The domain integrals (regular, singular or near-singular) are transformed to regular definite integrals along the boundary through a semi-analytical approach.
The proposed method provides a simple, efficient, and versatile model for a three-dimensional analysis of thick plates or multilayered systems. It can also be used to study plates resting on elastic foundations or plates with internal supports. The proposed method can be applied in an obvious manner to anisotropic materials and vibration problems.
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