Wave propagation in composite structures: experimental and theoretical studies

  • M. B. Sayir
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Mechanica book series (ACTA MECH.SUPP., volume 3)


Structural waves with well-defined time functions involving relatively large wavelengths with respect to the thickness are generated at some adequately chosen part of composite structures such as filament-wound tubes or fiber-reinforced cross-ply laminates. Theoretical predictions based on asymptotic analysis of the basic three-dimensional equations of elastodynamics are compared with experimental results and allow a thorough understanding of the main physical mechanisms of structural wave propagation in composite structures.


Phase Velocity Composite Structure Principal Direction Structural Wave Membrane Mode 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. B. Sayir
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  1. 1.Institute of Applied MechanicsSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zentrum)ZurichSwitzerland

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