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A wave front approximation method and its application to elastic stress waves


Jakub, Marlyn T. (1966) A wave front approximation method and its application to elastic stress waves. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


This paper presents a new direct method of obtaining wave front approximations for problems involving hyperbolic differential equations. In the problem of a semi-infinite, end-loaded elastic strip (the problem used to illustrate the method), asymptotic solutions are obtained for wave fronts prior to multiple edge interactions. For the special end loading of a step velocity, the results agree with prior results obtained by more complex methods of approximation. Extension of the method to multiple interactions and to other problems of stress wave propagation is briefly discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Knowles, James K.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 June 1965
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01152003-152904
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ID Code:180
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Deposited On:16 Jan 2003
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:27

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