University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-247
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Structures
Early online date17 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


Developing an understanding of guided wave propagation in multi-layered systems has important applications in non-destructive evaluation. This article presents a general weighted residual formulation for guided wave propagation in fluid-filled pipes buried in an elastic solid, or immersed in a quiescent fluid. A one-dimensional semi-analytic finite element (SAFE) approach is combined with a perfectly matched layer (PML), to compute dispersion curves for different pipe applications. The speed and accuracy of this approach are compared against the scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM) and it is shown that for a rod immersed in a liquid the two methods provide very similar computational speeds. The speed and accuracy of the model is then investigated for immersed and buried fluid-filled pipes, and it is shown that when discretising the PML no advantage in computational speed is found when using either quadratic or higher order spectral elements, provided the number of degrees of freedom in the PML is equivalent. Accordingly, it is shown that the SAFE-PML method is capable of obtaining accurately the modal characteristics of buried and immersed fluid-filled pipes, with computational speeds comparable to the SBFEM approach.

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