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Volume 2014, Article ID 367018, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/367018
Research Article

On Symplectic Analysis for the Plane Elasticity Problem of Quasicrystals with Point Group 12 mm

College of Sciences, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Hohhot 010051, China

Received 13 March 2014; Accepted 29 May 2014; Published 23 June 2014

Academic Editor: Patricia J. Y. Wong

Copyright © 2014 Hua Wang 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.

Abstract

The symplectic approach, the separation of variables based on Hamiltonian systems, for the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals with point group 12 mm is developed. By introducing appropriate transformations, the basic equations of the problem are converted to two independent Hamiltonian dual equations, and the associated Hamiltonian operator matrices are obtained. The study of the operator matrices shows the feasibility of the method. Without any assumptions, the general solution is presented for the problem with mixed boundary conditions.

1. Introduction

Quasicrystals (QCs), a new material and structure, were first discovered by the authors in [1] in 1984. QCs that exhibit excellent physical and mechanical properties, such as low friction, high hardness, and high wear resistance, have promising potential applications (cf. [2]). It is well known that the general solution of quasicrystal elasticity is very important, but it is difficult to be obtained because of the complexity of the basic governing equations. So far, many methods and techniques have been developed to seek for the general solution (see, e.g., [38]). However, some problems of quasicrystal elasticity have not been solved well due to the complicated assumptions of the solution, and the symplectic approach, developed by Zhong [9], may be helpful in those problems.

The symplectic approach has advantages of avoiding the difficulty of solving high order differential equations and having no any further assumptions and has been applied into various research fields such as elasticity [1012], viscoelasticity [13], fluid mechanics [14], piezoelectric material [15], and functionally graded effects [16]. In this method, one needs to transform the considered problem into Hamiltonian dual equations and then obtains the desired Hamiltonian operator matrix. Based on the eigenvalue analysis and eigenfunction expansion, the analytical solution of the problem can be explicitly presented. It should be noted that the feasibility of this method depends on the completeness of eigenfunction systems of the corresponding Hamiltonian operator matrices.

To the best of the author’s knowledge, there are no reports of the method on the analysis of QCs. The objective of this paper is to propose the symplectic approach for the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals with point group 12 mm. After derivation of two independent Hamiltonian dual equations of the problem, we prove the completeness of eigenfunction systems for the corresponding Hamiltonian operator matrices. Finally, we obtain the analytical solution with the use of the eigenfunction expansion.

2. Basic Equations and Their Hamiltonian Dual Equations

According to the quasicrystal elasticity theory, we have the deformation geometry equations of the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals with point group 12 mm the equilibrium equations and the generalized Hooke’s law Here and are the phonon and phason displacements, and are the phonon stresses and strains, and are the phason stresses and strains, , , , , and are the elastic constants, and and are the body and generalized body forces, respectively.

Substituting (1) and (3) into (2), we get the displacement equilibrium equations where . Let Then (4) can be expressed in the following matrix forms: where , , , , Obviously, and , in which is the symplectic matrix with being the identity matrix. Thus, and are both Hamiltonian operator matrices and (6) and (7) are exactly the Hamiltonian dual equations for the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals with point group 12 mm.

We consider the problem satisfying the mixed boundary conditions

From (9) and (3), we have

3. Theoretical Analysis

In the following, we only discuss (6), and the analysis for (7) is similar.

First, considering the homogeneous equation of (6), Applying the method of separation of variables to the above equation, we write the solution as in which , and and are the eigenvalue of the Hamiltonian operator matrix and its associated eigenvector, respectively. They are determined by the equation

Solving (13) with the boundary conditions (9) and (10) at , we obtain the eigenvalues of : and the associated eigenvectors of , , and are respectively. From and the imposed boundary conditions, the first-order Jordan form eigenvectors of , , and can be solved as respectively. Besides, we can verify that there are no other high-order Jordan form eigenvectors in every chain.

It is easy to prove that the above eigenvectors and Jordan form eigenvectors satisfy the symplectic conjugacy and orthogonality; that is,

Next, we will prove the symplectic orthogonal expansion theorem, that is, the completeness theorem of the generalized eigenvector system (i.e., the collection of all the eigenvectors and Jordan form eigenvectors), which shows that the symplectic method can be adopted to solve the title problem.

Theorem 1. The generalized eigenvector system of the Hamiltonian operator matrix is complete in the Hilbert space ; that is, there exist constant sequences , , and such that for each , , , , where .

Proof. For any , in order to prove equality (20), we set by the symplectic orthogonal relationship (18). Then, in which the four components of the above expression are the corresponding Fourier series of associated with the orthogonal function system or in . Therefore, equality (20) is valid, which means that the generalized eigenvector system of is complete in the Hilbert space .

Similarly, for the Hamiltonian operator matrix , we also have the following completeness theory.

Theorem 2. The generalized eigenvector system of the Hamiltonian operator matrix is complete in the Hilbert space , where are the associated eigenvectors and the first-order Jordan form eigenvectors of the eigenvalue and of .

4. General Solution

By completeness Theorem 1, the general solution of the inhomogeneous equation (6) is represented in the form The vector can also be expanded as Multiplying both sides of (26) by , , , , , and and then integrating by from to , respectively, we have Then, substituting (25) and (26) into (6) yields Thus, we obtain where , , , and are unknown constants to be determined by imposing the remaining boundary conditions at . Substituting (29) into (25), we have the analytical solutions and of (4) given by

According to the above procedure for (7), the analytical solutions and of (4) can be obtained: where , , , and are unknown constants to be determined by imposing the remaining boundary conditions at and

5. Numerical Calculations

Compared with [17], the present paper is devoted to the symplectic analysis of the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals. To guarantee the feasibility of our method, we also prove the completeness for the eigenfunction system of the associated Hamiltonian operator matrices. Note that the completeness does not always hold for the Hamiltonian operator matrices.

In order to determine the unknown constants and of the analytical solution in (30) and (31), we consider the boundary conditions at , given by

In the following, let , , and we take the constants , , , , and . The computed results are listed in Table 1 for illustrating previous main results, and the data is the same as that of using the treatment in [17].

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Table 1: The computed results.

6. Conclusions

The symplectic approach is established for the plane elasticity problem of quasicrystals with point group 12 mm satisfying the mixed boundary conditions. The corresponding Hamiltonian operator matrix plays an important role in this method, whose eigenvalues and eigenfunctions need to be obtained. Through calculations, the eigenfunction system is symplectic orthogonal. Based on this, we further verify the feasibility of this approach. Then the exact analytical solution is given with the use of the symplectic eigenfunction method. We can know that the method is totally rational and gives us a systematic way to solve physical problems. In addition, this approach is expected to apply to other quasicrystal problems.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to the referees for valuable comments on improving this paper. This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 11261034 and 11326239).

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