ME 723




Course InFOrmation

Course No: ME 723

Instructor: Basant Lal Sharma

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Units: 3-0-0-9

Pre-requisites: --



Email: bls at

Phone: 6173

Main BookS

  1. 1.Wave Propagation in Solids, J.D. Achenbach, Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, 1975 (Textbook).

  2. 2.Wave Motion in Elastic Solids, K. F. Graff, Dover Publications, New York, 1991.

  3. 3.Mechanics of Continua and Wave Dynamics, L. Brekhovskikh and V. Goncharov, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1985.

  4. 4.The Theory of Elastic Waves and Waveguides, J. Miklowitz, North-Holland Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1978.

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Course Summary

Overview and history, Discussion on inertial effects. Mathematical preliminaries. Basic linear elastodynamics, Waves in One-dimensional Models, Method of characteristics. Helmholtz decomposition, Dilatational and shear waves. Plane, Harmonic waves. Reflection and transmission. Half-space problems. Cagniard de Hoop method. Scattering of a pulse and a time harmonic waves by crack. Waveguides and plates. Waves in anisotropic media. Experimental methods. Shock waves. One-dimensional Discrete Models. Scattering of lattice waves by crack.

Wave propagation in solids