## PHY454H1S Continuum Mechanics. Lecture 8: Phasor description of elastic waves. Fluid dynamics. Taught by Prof. K. Das.

Posted by peeterjoot on February 6, 2012

# Disclaimer.

Peeter’s lecture notes from class. May not be entirely coherent.

# Review. Elastic wave equation

Starting with

and applying a divergence operation we find

This is the P-wave equation. Applying a curl operation we find

This is the S-wave equation. We also found that

and concluded that P waves are faster than S waves. What we haven’t shown is that the P waves are longitudinal, and that the S waves are transverse.

Assuming a gradient and curl description of our displacement

we found

allowing us to separately solve for the P and the S wave solutions respectively. Now, let’s introduce a phasor representation (again following section 22 of the text [1])

Operating with the gradient we find

We can also write

where is the derivative of “with respect to its argument”. Here argument must mean the entire phase .

Actually, argument is a good label here, since we can use the word in the complex number sense.

For the curl term we find

Again writing

we can write the S wave as

## Some waves illustrated.

The following wave types were noted, but not defined:

\begin{itemize}

\item Rayleigh wave. This is discussed in section 24 of the text (a wave that propagates near the surface of a body without penetrating into it). Wikipedia has an illustration of one possible mode of propagation [2].

\item Love wave. These aren’t discussed in the text, but wikipedia [3] describes them as polarized shear waves (where the figure indicates that the shear displacements are perpendicular to the direction of propagation).

\end{itemize}

Some illustrations from the class notes were also shown. Hopefully we’ll have some homework assignments where we do some problems to get a feel for how to apply the formalism.

# Fluid dynamics.

In fluid dynamics we look at displacements with respect to time as illustrated in figure (\ref{fig:continuumL8:continuumL8fig1})

\begin{figure}[htp]

\centering

\includegraphics[totalheight=0.2\textheight]{continuumL8fig1}

\caption{Differential displacement.}

\end{figure}

In index notation

We define

a symmetric tensor. We also define

Effect of when diagonalized

so that in this frame of reference we have

Let’s find the matrix form of the antisymmetric tensor. We find

Introducing a vorticity vector

we find

Writing

we find the matrix form of this antisymmetric tensor

Doing this for all components we find

The tensor implies rotation of a control volume with an angular velocity (half the vorticity vector).

In general we have

## Making sense of things.

After this first fluid dynamics lecture I was left troubled. We’d just been barraged with a set of equations pulled out of a magic hat, with no notion of where they came from. Unlike the contiuum strain tensor, which was derived by considering differences in squared displacements, we have an antisymmetric term now. Why did we have no such term considering solids?

After a bit of thought I think I see where things are coming from. We have essentially looked at a first order decomposition of the displacement (per unit time) of a point in terms of symmetric and antisymmetric terms. This is really just a gradient evaluation, split into coordinates

Here, as in the solids case, we have

# References

[1] L.D. Landau, EM Lifshitz, JB Sykes, WH Reid, and E.H. Dill. Theory of elasticity: Vol. 7 of course of theoretical physics. 1960.

[2] Wikipedia. Rayleigh wave — wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [online]. 2012. [Online; accessed 4-February-2012]. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rayleigh_wave&oldid=473693354.

[3] Wikipedia. Love wave — wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [online]. 2012. [Online; accessed 4-February-2012]. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Love_wave&oldid=474355253.

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