Influence functions of the displacement discontinuity method for anisotropic bodies

Kimence B., Erguven M.

COMPUTATIONAL MECHANICS, vol.36, no.6, pp.484-494, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00466-005-0683-4
  • Page Numbers: pp.484-494


In this study, the boundary element equations are obtained from the influence functions of a displacement discontinuity in an anisotropic elastic medium. For this purpose, Kelvin fundamental solutions for anisotropic media on infinite and semi-infinite planes are used to form dipoles from singular loads. Various combinations of these dipoles are used to obtain the influence functions of the displacement discontinuity. Boundary element equations are then derived analytically by the integration of these influence functions on a constant element which results in a linear system for unknown displacement discontinuities. The boundary integrals are calculated in closed form over constant elements. The obtained formulation is applied to a number of classical engineering problems.