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International Journal of Geophysics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 690249, 5 pages
Rayleigh Waves in a Rotating Orthotropic Micropolar Elastic Solid Half-Space
1Department of Mathematics, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh 160 011, India
2Department of Mathematics, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, 124 001 Haryana, India
Received 12 March 2013; Revised 7 May 2013; Accepted 13 May 2013
Academic Editor: Rudolf A. Treumann
Copyright © 2013 Baljeet Singh et al. 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.
A problem on Rayleigh wave in a rotating half-space of an orthotropic micropolar material is considered. The governing equations are solved for surface wave solutions in the half space of the material. These solutions satisfy the boundary conditions at free surface of the half-space to obtain the frequency equation of the Rayleigh wave. For numerical purpose, the frequency equation is approximated. The nondimensional speed of Rayleigh wave is computed and shown graphically versus nondimensional frequency and rotation-frequency ratio for both orthotropic micropolar elastic and isotropic micropolar elastic cases. The numerical results show the effects of rotation, orthotropy, and nondimensional frequency on the nondimensional speed of the Rayleigh wave.
Material response to external stimuli depends heavily on the motions of its inner structures. Classical elasticity does not include this effect, where only translation degrees of freedom of material point of body are considered. Eringen  developed the linear micropolar theory of elasticity, which included the intrinsic rotations of the microstructure. It provides a model which can support body and surface couples and display high frequency optical branch of the wave spectrum. For engineering applications, it can model composites with rigid chopped fibres, elastic solid with rigid granular inclusions, and other industrial materials such as liquid crystals.
The assumptions of isotropy in a solid medium may not capture some of significant features of the continuum responses of soils, geological materials, and composites. Iesan [2–4] studied some static problems in orthotropic micropolar elasticity. Kumar and Choudhary [5, 6] studied the mechanical sources and dynamic behaviour of orthotropic micropolar elastic medium. Kumar and Chaudhary  studied the plane strain problem in a homogeneous orthotropic micropolar elastic solid. Kumar and Ailawalia  studied the response of a micropolar cubic crystal due to various sources. Kumar and Gupta  studied the propagation of waves in transversely isotropic micropolar generalized thermoelastic half-space. Singh  investigated the two-dimensional plane wave propagation in an orthotropic micropolar elastic solid.
Surface waves in elastic solids were first studied by Rayleigh  for an isotropic elastic solid. The extension of surface wave analysis and other wave propagation problems to anisotropic elastic materials has been the subject of many studies; see, for example, [12–21]. The aim of the present paper is to study the propagation of Rayleigh wave in a rotating orthotropic micropolar elastic solid half space. The frequency equation of the Rayleigh wave is obtained. The speed of Rayleigh wave is computed with the help of approximated frequency equation. The effects of orthotropy, non-dimensional frequency, and rotation are shown graphically on the non-dimensional speed of the Rayleigh wave.
2. Formulation of the Problem and Solution
We consider a homogeneous and orthotropic medium of an infinite extent with Cartesian coordinate system . We restrict our study to the plane strain parallel to -plane, with the displacement vector and microrotation vector . Following Eringen  and Schoenberg and Censor , the field equations in -plane for homogeneous and rotating orthotropic micropolar solid in absence of body forces and couples are written as where
We consider the following surface wave solutions where is the wave number, is phase velocity of the wave, and is the angular frequency. Making use of (5) in (1) to (3), we obtain three homogeneous equations in , and , which have nontrivial solutions if where and are given in Appendix.
With the use of the radiation conditions as , we obtain the particular solutions for medium as
3. Boundary Conditions
The mechanical boundary conditions at are the vanishing of normal force stress tangential force stress; and tangential couple stress that is, where
4. Particular Case
The frequency equation (16) reduces to the frequency equation for an isotropic rotating micropolar elastic case, if we take
5. Numerical Results and Discussion
From relations (8) to (10), we obtain the following approximated roots: With the help of (18) to (20), the frequency equation (16) reduces to the approximated frequency equation for an orthotropic rotating micropolar elastic case. The approximated frequency equation is used to compute the non-dimensional speed of the Rayleigh wave in orthotropic micropolar solid half-space for the following arbitrary physical constants:
The non-dimensional speed of the Rayleigh wave is also computed for isotropic micropolar elastic case with following relevant parameters :
The non-dimensional speed of Rayleigh wave is computed for orthotropic micropolar elastic case and isotropic micropolar elastic case for different values of non-dimensional frequency and rotation-frequency ratio .
The non-dimensional speed is plotted against the rotation-frequency ratio , when non-dimensional frequency , and 20. The speed decreases with the increase in value of rotation-frequency ratio . For each value of rotation-frequency ratio , the speed increases with the increase in value of non-dimensional frequency . The effect of non-dimensional frequency on non-dimensional speed decreases with the increase in values of . The variations showing the effect of orthotropy on non-dimensional speed of Rayleigh wave are shown in Figure 1, where solid lines and dotted lines correspond to the orthotropic micropolar elastic case and isotropic micropolar elastic case, respectively.
The speed is also plotted against the non-dimensional frequency , when rotation-frequency ratio , and 0.6. The speed of Rayleigh wave increases sharply with the increase in value of non-dimensional frequency for both orthotropic micropolar elastic case and isotropic micropolar elastic case. Beyond , it increases slowly in the both cases. Here, the speed decreases with the increase in values of in each case. The effect of rotation on non-dimensional speed increases with the increase in value of non-dimensional frequency . The variations showing the effect of orthotropy on non-dimensional speed of Rayleigh wave are shown in Figure 2, where solid lines and dotted lines correspond to the orthotropic micropolar elastic case and isotropic micropolar elastic case, respectively.
The propagation of Rayleigh wave is studied in an orthotropic micropolar elastic solid half-space, where we obtained the required approximated frequency equation of Rayleigh wave. The non-dimensional speed is computed for certain ranges of non-dimensional frequency and rotation-frequency ratio . The comparison of solid and dotted line curves in the figures reveals the effect of orthotropy, rotation, and non-dimensional frequency on the non-dimensional speed of the Rayleigh wave in an orthotropic micropolar elastic solid half-space.
The values of are given as
The values of , and and , , and are obtained as
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