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Wave Propagation in Dissipative Materials

A Reprint of Five Memoirs

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. The Velocity of One-Dimensional Shock and Acceleration Waves

    1. Bernard D. Coleman, Morton E. Gurtin, Ismael Herrera R.
      Pages 1-19
  3. Waves in Materials with Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Bernard D. Coleman, Morton E. Gurtin
      Pages 23-49
    3. Bernard D. Coleman, Morton E. Gurtin
      Pages 50-82
    4. Bernard D. Coleman, Morton E. Gurtin
      Pages 83-104
  4. General and Exact Theory of Waves in Finite Elastic Strain

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Common experience reveals two basic aspects of wave propagation. First, while preserving their identity and travelling at definite speeds, sounds finally die out. Second, weak sounds may combine to form strong noises. Theories of acoustic propagation have succeeded in representing these aspects of experience separately, but never combined as in nature. The classical theories of sound in perfect fluids and elastic solids easily yield common speeds of propagation for plane infinitesimal disturbances, but no damping. Moreover, within EULER'S theory of the perfect fluid, or its generalization, the GREEN-KIRCHHOFF-KELVIN theory of finite elasticity, weak waves may grow stronger and become shock waves, which propagate according to more complicated but equally definite principles. Effects of internal damping are easily added for theories of infinitesimal deformation, but for finite motions a dead end was reached about sixty years ago. Indeed, in 1901 DUHEM proved that according to the NAVIER-STOKES theory of fluids acceleration waves and waves of higher order cannot exist, and for shock waves he claimed a similar result, which has since been shown to be valid subject to certain qualifications. So as to save the phenomena of sound and noise, as was necessary if the NAVIER-STOKES theory was to deserve the place proposed for it as a refinement upon EULER'S theory, DUHEM introduced the concept of "quasi-wave", a region of rapid but continuous transition.


Damping deformation dynamics elasticity material mechanics noise shock wave thermodynamics wave wave propagation waves

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Wave Propagation in Dissipative Materials
  • Book Subtitle A Reprint of Five Memoirs
  • Authors B.D. Coleman
    M.H. Gurtin
    R.I. Herrera
    C. Truesdell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1965
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-03424-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-88693-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-88691-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 138
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information From: Archive of Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Volume 8 (1961) and Volume 19 (1965)
  • Topics Physics, general
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