Resonant waves in elastic structured media: dynamic homogenisation versus Green’s functions

Resonant waves in elastic structured media: dynamic homogenisation versus Green’s functions

Alexander B. Movchan, Leonid I. Slepyan
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, U.K.
School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University, UK

We address an important issue of a dynamic homogenisation in vector elasticity for a doubly periodic mass-spring elastic lattice. The notion of logarithmically growing resonant waves is used in a complete analysis of star-shaped wave forms induced by an oscillating point force. We note that the dispersion surfaces for Floquet-Bloch waves in an elastic lattice main contain critical points of the saddle type. Based on the local quadratic approximations of the frequency, as a function of wave vector components, we deduce properties of a transient asymptotic solution as the contribution of the point source to the wave form. In this way, we describe local Green’s functions as localized wave forms corresponding to the resonant frequency. The peculiarity of the problem lies in the fact that, at the same resonant frequency, the Taylor quadratic approximations for different groups of the resonant points are different, and hence we deal with different local Green’s functions. Thus, there is no uniformly defined homogenisation procedure for a given resonant frequency. Instead, the continuous approximation of the wave field can be obtained through the asymptotic analysis of the lattice Green’s functions.


1 Introduction

The subject of homogenisation is of great interest to physicists, engineers and mathematicians. The work in this area goes back more than 100 years, with the classical and elegant paper by Rayleigh (1892) being one of foundation stones in analysis of effective properties of periodic composite media. Mathematical theory of multi-scale homogenisation approximations has received a substantial attention, as comprehensively descibed in the books by Bensoussan, Lions and Papanicoau (1978), Sanchez-Palencia (1980), Marchenko and Khruslov (2006), Bakhvalov and Panasenko (1984), and Zhikov, Zhukov et al (1994).

Conventional homogenisation in problems of wave propagation would normally apply to the case of long wave asymptotics, where a characteristic size of scatterers within a periodic structure is much smaller compared to the wavelength of the incident wave.

Resonant waves excited by a harmonic force in uniform square and triangular lattices were studied by Ayzenberg-Stepanenko and Slepyan (2008) in the framework of a scalar problem. It was shown that the resonant waves spread mainly on some separate rays to form star-like configurations and hence show strong dynamic anisotropy. The underline structure dynamics was revealed and an asymptotic solution showing the localization was presented. Then the scalar problem for the nonuniform, periodic square lattice was examined by Craster et al (2010) (also see Craster et al (2009)), where the localization phenomena were also found for the scalar problem. The Craster et al (2009, 2010) papers also addressed the issue of a high-frequency homogenization in the neighbourhood of the resonant modes.

Recent publications by Milton et al. (2006), Milton and Nicorovici (2006), Norris (2008), Brun et al. (2009) on the dynamic response of metamaterials and invisibility cloaks in elastic and aciustic media raised interesting questions related to approximating of such systems by multi-scale composites, that may possess such unusual properties as chirality, negative refraction and negative inertia. The range of frequencies in such applications would be well outside the standard homogenisation range, and hence the new approach is required.

The paper by Colquitt et al. (2011) addresses the vector problems for elastic Floquet-Bloch waves in a beam-made triangular lattice. The analysis of the dispersion relations has revealed a strong dynamic anisotropy with a certain range of frequencies. It has also shown the effects of negative refraction for a certain class of structured interfaces.

The concept of high-frequency homogenisation for vector elasticity problems remains a challenge, as several critical points on a dispersion surface may exist for the same frequency. We address here these important issues for frequencies corresponding to resonant modes within the mass-spring triangular elastic lattice. Also, we focus on analysis of lattice Green’s tensors for a two-dimensional vector problem of elasticity and show how this powerful approach compares to multi-scale homogenisation approximations. The analysis incorporates asymptotic approximations for the resonant waves. The directional localisation is then associated with saddle points on the dispersion surfaces, which are also linked to the anisotropy in the dynamic regime. According to the structure of the dispersion relations, there exist several different wave forms corresponding to the same resonant frequency. Hence, different asymptotic solutions and homogenised equations may be derived for the same frequency. The subtlety is resolved by identifying the reference resonance modes and analysing the asymptotics of Green’s tensors. We also identify asymptotic solutions for logarithmically growing resonance waves, which, in the case of a saddle point, also resemble the star waves.

2 Governing equations for a forced elastic lattice

Consider a regular triangular lattice consisting of point masses connected by massless elastic links. The mass value, the bond length and stiffness are taken as the natural units. Thus, the lattice spacing along the bond line is equal to unity, whereas the distance between the parallel bond lines is . The lattice is subjected to a time-harmonic external force acting on a given mass. We would like to identify resonance modes, in particular those on the boundaries of the stop bands, and furthermore analyse homogenisation approximations corresponding to the resonant frequencies.

For the chosen geometry and physical parameters of the lattice, in the long-wave/low-frequency approximation, we obtain a homogeneous, isotropic, elastic body with the density , Poisson’s ratio and the following velocities of the longitudinal, shear and Rayleigh waves: , and , respectively. The effective shear modulus for such a lattice in the static approximation is .

It will be shown that in the time-harmonic regime, as the frequency increases, this lattice becomes far from being isotropic, and moreover, governing equations of the homogenised body may change its type from being elliptic to hyperbolic.

The displacement vector is denoted by , where the integers, , define the mass position. In the Cartesian coordinates, we have


The displacement components satisfy the equations of motion as follows


where are the external forces, applied to the mass, whereas are the forces acting on the mass from the neighbouring masses, i.e.


Assuming the time-harmonic vibrations with the amplitudes and radian frequency , we have

Correspondingly, the discrete Fourier transform gives


where is the position vector of the -mass. The same transform applies to the amplitude of the external force acting on the masses.

The original amplitudes are then defined by the inverse transform, which in our particular case, is given in the form


3 Elastic compliance and dispersion

We assume that the external load is represented by a time-harmonic point force with the amplitude vector acting on the central mass, . With this in mind we find from (2) that


where is the compliance symmetric tensor, given by




and the function can be factorized in the form


The quantities and are periodic functions of and defined as follows


The dispersion of waves in the elastic lattice is governed by the equation


Two dispersion surfaces, periodic in and , are identified by the equations

On the elementary cell of periodicity, these surfaces have common points, where , at the origin, , and at the corner points , where there is also . The graphs of the dispersion surfaces restricted to the elementary cell of periodicity are presented in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2.

Figure 1: Dispersion surfaces
Figure 2: Dispersion surface

4 Resonant excitation. Asymptotics of Green’s kernels

Floquet-Bloch waves and their dispersion properties are important for evaluation of resonant frequencies within a periodic system. We refer to Ayzenberg-Stepanenko and Slepyan (2008), and Colquitt et al. (2011) who have analysed the resonant forms and star-shaped waves in lattices as well as features of dynamic anisotropy for elastic waves in an elastic triangular lattice.

4.1 Critical points on the dispersion surfaces

The critical points on the dispersion surfaces correspond to standing waves, and are identified by the resonant frequencies, , and components of the Bloch vector, as shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Positions of critical points on the dispersion surfaces, as defined by components of the Bloch vector and the radian frequency .

We note that there are multiple critical points identified for the same frequency, which makes classical homogenisation impossible. However, we intend to analyse the profile of the dispersion surface in the neighbourhoods of individual critical points and hence identify standing waves and furthermore resonant excitation modes.

The dispersion surfaces crossed by fixed-frequency planes are presented in Fig. 3a,b,c: in the first of these diagrams, the plane is taken slightly below the points of maximum, , to make the location of the points visible; in the diagrams (b) and (c) the critical points are the saddle points on the dispersion surfaces.


(b)                                                          (c)

Figure 3: (a) Dispersion surface intersecting with the plane . (b) Dispersion surface intersecting with the plane . (c) Dispersion surface intersecting with the plane .

The resonant-frequency dispersion contours are plotted in Fig. 4 Fig. 6. It is observed that the saddle points of the dispersion surfaces correspond to the crossing points of the slowness contour diagram. As shown in Table 1 (also illustrated by slowness contours), there exist 8, 14 and 8 resonant points at the resonant frequencies, and , respectively. In particular, the critical points corresponding to the frequencies and are the saddle points on the dispersion surfaces, whereas represents the point of maximum.

Figure 4: The trace of the -surface crossed by the plane .
Figure 5: Resonant-frequency slowness diagram, .
Figure 6: Resonant-frequency slowness diagram, .

4.2 Resonant versus non-resonant excitations

First, we evaluate , as in (8), at the resonant points. The required values are presented in Table 2 below.

Recall that the latter equality in (10) evidences that the dispersion surfaces intersect only at the origin, , and at the corner points of the periodicity rectangle, , where as well. At the critical points representing standing waves the dispersion surfaces do not intersect, i.e. . We also note that no growing wave is excited by an action corresponding to zero values of or presented in Table 2.

The representation (6) is valid for non-resonant excitations, where . There is no such a steady state in the resonant case, and a transient problem should be considered. For the transient problem we have to replace by . In this way, for the following considerations the Laplace transform on is useful, and a formulation for the resonant harmonic excitation is obtained substituting and , where is the Laplace transform parameter. Thus, we have

Table 2: Coefficients in the representation (8) of the elastic compliance.

4.3 The dispersion relations in vicinities of the resonant points and the characteristic lines

The quadratic terms of the power expansion of or


for neighbourhoods of the resonant points located in the first quadrant, , are presented in Table 3:

Table 3: Coefficients of the quadratic approximation (13) in the vicinity of critical points of dispersion surfaces.

The polynomial in (13) corresponds to the differential operator


The resonant points on the dispersion surfaces at are the saddle points, where the coefficients and are nonzero and different by the sign. Thus, the equation is hyperbolic at these frequencies. It is satisfied by an arbitrary function of with


In addition, if , due to the symmetry there exist another saddle point with . This results in additional values of the parameter with a different sign of the first term in (15). Therefore the slopes of the characteristic lines are given by the angles relative to the -axis


The values of such angles for the rays associated with the saddle points of the dispersion surfaces are summarised in Table 4.

Table 4: Coefficients of the quadratic approximation (13) in the vicinity of critical points of dispersion surfaces.

It follows that the critical rays for and are oriented symmetrically with respect to each lattice bond line as should be, namely


where the directional angle corresponds to a bond line.

4.4 Green’s tensor asymptotics

Substituting in (12) we obtain the following expressions for the oscillation amplitudes




To proceed we now note that for a resonant frequency, , the amplitude growing in time is defined by integration in (5) in the vicinities of the resonant points where or is equal to . We note that as tends to a resonant point. It follows from this that for the asymptotic representation of the resonant oscillation amplitude we need to consider the case as . In this way, putting we obtain the following asymptotic relation of associated with a resonant point


where the constant is different for different resonant frequencies, i.e.


In turn, the coefficients are summarised in Table 3.

Using the relation in (20) for the asymptotic regime, , the integration in the Fourier inverse transform can be extended over the whole plane. It follows that the wave associated with a saddle point , associated with the resonance frequency , is asymptotically defined as


It follows that the asymptotic approximation for the displacement amplitude is given by




where is Euler’s constant.

The above asymptotic solution is valid outside the characteristic line, , where it becomes singular. To evaluate the wave amplitude on this line, one needs higher-order terms in the Taylor expansion of the dispersion surface near a critical point. Note that the characteristic lines defined by the equation coincide with those in (16).

A typical star-shaped wave form associated with a saddle point is shown in Fig. 7, where the level lines are plotted. Note that for this symmetric wave the coefficient in (14) is equal to zero. In Fig. 8, Fig. 9, we show the wave forms represented by the level lines of the amplitude of the displacement along the horizontal bond, , for Ei at . The amplitude is greater inside the star and lower outside it. The resonant waves excited at are shown in Fig. 10 and Fig. 11.

Figure 7: The star-wave configuration associated with the resonant point , , .
Figure 8: The star-wave configuration associated with the resonant points in the first and third quadrants of the -plane, , Ei(1,.
Figure 9: The star-wave configuration associated with the resonant point in the second and fourth quadrants of the -plane, , Ei(1,.
Figure 10: The resonant wave excited by the horizontal unit force, at
Figure 11: The resonant wave excited by the vertical unit force, at

5 Homogenisation and concluding remarks

In accordance with (14) and (20), the homogenized equation for associated with a resonant point is


where the coefficients, , are generally different for different resonant points (see (20), (21) and Table 3). For a saddle resonant point, , this equation is hyperbolic and the critical rays on the ()-plane correspond to its characteristics. The solution to this equation is presented in (22), (23).

Recall that different homogenization corresponds to different resonant points at the same frequency. This does not allow for a global homogenisation, which could correspond to a given resonant frequency. Instead that initiates this hypothetic action. Instead, the global asymptotic Green’s tensor is built, which represents the continuous approximation of the wave field. In conclusion, note that while the Green’s tensor is defined by the inverse transforms, the directions of the resonant wave localization can be seen in the resonant-frequency dispersion contours. Indeed, (a) the excited propagation waves correspond to the level lines since the other free waves have different frequencies; (b) the contribution to the resonant wave is not given by the resonant point itself but by a set of the waves corresponding to the level lines in a vicinity of the former; (c) the group velocities of the latter are directed along the normal to the level line. Thus, the ‘star’ directions coincide with the normals to the level lines at the saddle resonant points, that is, at the cross- and angle points of the lines. Note that the energy transfer in 1D resonant waves is considered in Slepyan and Tsareva (1987).


The authors greatfully acknowledge support from the FP7 Marie Curie IAPP grant # 284544-PARM2.


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