A Numerical Approach for Calculation of Characteristics of Edge Waves in Three-Dimensional Plates

Wenbo Duan, Ray Kirby

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Surface waves have been extensively studied in earthquake seismology. Surface waves are trapped near an infinitely large surface. The displacements decay exponentially with depth. These waves are also named Rayleigh and Love waves. Surface waves are also used for nondestructive testing of surface defects. Similar waves exist in finite width three-dimensional plates. In this case, displacements are no longer constant in the direction perpendicular to the wave propagation plane. Wave energy could still be trapped near the edge of the three-dimensional plate, and hence the term edge waves. These waves are thus different to the two-dimensional Rayleigh and Love waves. This paper presents a numerical model to study dispersion properties of edge waves in plates. A two-dimensional semi-analytical finite element method is developed, and the problem is closed by a perfectly matched layer adjacent to the edge. The numerical model is validated by comparing with available analytical and numerical solutions in the literature. On this basis, higher order edge waves and mode shapes are presented for a three-dimensional plate. The characteristics of the presented edge wave modes could be used in nondestructive testing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2050014
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Computational Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2020


  • edge waves
  • higher order edge waves
  • modal properties
  • numerical model
  • Surface waves


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