Diagonalization of the system of static Lamé equations of isotropic linear elasticity

  • N. I. Ostrosablin


We find a simplest representation for the general solution to the system of the static Lamé equations of isotropic linear elasticity in the form of a linear combination of the first derivatives of three functions that satisfy three independent harmonic equations. The representation depends on 12 free parameters choosing which it is possible to obtain various representations of the general solution and simplify the boundary value conditions for the solution of boundary value problems as well as the representation of the general solution for dynamic Lamé equations. The system of Lamé equations diagonalizes; i.e., it is reduced to the solution of three independent harmonic equations. The representation implies three conservation laws and some formula for producing new solutions which makes it possible, given a solution, to find new solutions to the static Lamé equations by derivations. In the two-dimensional case of a plane deformation, the so-found solution immediately implies the Kolosov-Muskhelishvili representation for shifts by means of two analytic functions of complex variable. Two examples are given of applications of the proposed method of diagonalization of the two-dimensional elliptic systems.


linear elasticity isotropic material static Lame equation general solution diagonalization of an elliptic system symmetry operator conservation law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lavrent’ev Institute of HydrodynamicsNovosibirskRussia

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