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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 65
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XIII.1

Numerical Simulation of Lamb Wave Scattering in Semi-Finite Plates

J.M. Galán and R. Abascal

Grupo de Estructuras, Escuela Superior de Ingenieros, Seville, Spain

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J.M. Galán, R. Abascal, "Numerical Simulation of Lamb Wave Scattering in Semi-Finite Plates", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Finite Elements: Techniques and Developments", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 325-340, 2000. doi:10.4203/ccp.65.13.1
A Finite Element formulation to model the Lamb wave scattering in homogeneous and sandwich plates is presented. Dispersion curves are calculated by solving a quadratic eigenproblem. A meshing criterion to obtain accurate results with linear and quadratic elements is provided. An absorbing boundary condition for semi-infinite plates is derived from the formulation and used to study the Lamb wave reflection by simple obstacles. A hybrid Boundary Element-Finite Element formulation to solve Lamb wave diffraction by defects with more complex geometries is also presented. Both formulations are checked with a series of test problems and they are shown to provide excellent results.

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