Structural discontinuity as generalized strain and Fourier transform for discrete-continuous systems

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We consider a segmented structure, possibly connected with a continuous medium, as initially homogeneous, where discontinuities arise as localized strains induced by self-equilibrated localized actions. Under this formulation augmented by interface conditions, the linearized formulation remains valid. This approach eliminates the need for examining separate sections with subsequent conjugation. Only conditions related to the discontinuities should be satisfied, while the continuity in other respects preserves itself automatically. No obstacle remains for the continuous Fourier transform. For a uniform partitioning, the discrete transform is used together with the continuous one. We demonstrate the technique by obtaining the Floquet wave dispersive relations with their dependence upon interface stiffness. To this end, we briefly consider the flexural wave in the segmented beam on Winkler's foundation, the gravity wave in a plate (also segmented) on deep water and the Floquet–Rayleigh wave in such a plate on an elastic half-space. Besides, we present the wave equations developed for an elastic medium with discontinuities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Band gap evolution
  • Floquet wave
  • Floquet–Rayleigh wave
  • Gravity wave
  • Localized actions


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