Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 2, Pages 231-244

Excitation of shear waves in a piezoceramic medium with partially electrodized tunnel openings strengthened by a rigid stringer

D. I. Bardzokas and G. I. Sfyris

Laboratory of Strength and Materials, Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Applied Sciences, National Technical University of Athens, Zografou Campus, Theocaris Building, Athens 15773, Greece

Received 2 May 2003

Copyright © 2005 D. I. Bardzokas and G. I. Sfyris. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An antiplane mixed boundary electroelasticity of a stationary wave process in an unbounded piezoceramic medium containing tunnel heterogeneities of opening or thin rigid inclusion (stringer) type is considered. The excitation of an electric field occurs at the expense of differences of electric potentials applied to the system of electrodes located on a free from stresses opening surface. Using the correct integral representations of the solutions, the boundary problem is reduced to the system of singular integrodifferential equations of the second type with resolvent kernels. The results of the parametric investigations characterizing the behavior of the components of an electroelastic field in the medium area and on the opening surface are given. A system of singular integrodifferential equations is obtained for investigation of a conjugated electroelastic field in a piezomedium with a tunnel along the material axis opening a rigid curvilinear inclusion, excited by a system of active electrodes, located on the opening surface. The solvable system of equations of the boundary problem is reduced to two differential equations of Helmhöltz and Laplace with respect to the amplitude of shear displacement and some auxiliary functions. The obtained system is solved numerically by a special scheme of the method of quadrature.