Tunable elastodynamic band gaps

Ellis Barnwell, William Parnell, Ian Abrahams

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    The effect of nonlinear elastic pre-stress on coupled compressional and vertically polarized shear
    elastic wave propagation in a two-dimensional periodic structure is investigated. The medium consists of cylindrical annuli embedded on a periodic lattice in a uniform host material. An identical inhomogeneous deformation is imposed in each annulus and the theory of small-on-large is used to find the incremental wave equations governing subsequent small-amplitude elastic waves. The plane-wave-expansion method is employed in order to determine the permissable eigenfrequencies. It is found that the application of pre-stress has a significant effect on the band structure, allowing stop bands to be controlled. The sensitivity of the choice of constitutive behaviour is studied and it is shown that the fundamental shear wave mode is largely unchanged for the class of strain energy functions considered here, whereas the compressional mode is considerably more sensitive to this choice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-29
    Number of pages7
    JournalExtreme Mechanics Letters
    Early online date8 Nov 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


    • phononic crystal, tunable band structure, configurable phononic material, phononic switch, phononic invariance, nonlinear elasticity, pre-stress, small-on-large, hyperelastic


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