Axisymmetric Scaled Boundary Finite Element Formulation for Wave Propagation in Unbounded Layered Media

Document Type : Research Papers


1 School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran

2 School of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Wave propagation in unbounded layered media with a new formulation of Axisymmetric Scaled Boundary Finite Element Method (AXI-SBFEM) is derived. Dividing the general three-dimensional unbounded domain into a number of independent two-dimensional ones, the problem could be solved by a significant reduction in required storage and computational time. The equations of the corresponding Axisymmetric Scaled Boundary Finite Element (AXI-SBFE) are derived in detail. For an arbitrary excitation frequency, the dynamic stiffness could be solved by a numerical integration method. The dynamic response of layered unbounded media has been verified with the literature. Numerical examples indicate the applicability and high accuracy of the new method.


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