A New Formula for the Rayleigh Wave Velocity


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The formula for the Rayleigh wave velocity in isotropic elastic half-space is studied by many researchers. In their deductions, Cardan’s formula of cubic equations is often used. Based on another formula instead of Cardan’s formula, a new formula for the Rayleigh wave velocity that does not contain complex number is presented here. Our new formula is more reasonable as both the parameters and Rayleigh wave velocity are real. And the computer time can be reduced since there is no complex computation. With this new formula, the variation of Rayleigh wave velocity with the parameters is computed. It shows that Rayleigh wave velocity decreases with the increase of Poission’s ratio when S-wave velocity is fixed.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 452-453)

Edited by:

Liu Pei






X. F. Liu and Y. H. Fan, "A New Formula for the Rayleigh Wave Velocity", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 452-453, pp. 233-237, 2012

Online since:

January 2012




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