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Advances in Numerical Analysis
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 731591, 24 pages
Research Article

Signorini Cylindrical Waves and Shannon Wavelets

Department of Mathematics, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy

Received 25 February 2012; Accepted 16 April 2012

Academic Editor: Doron Levy

Copyright © 2012 Carlo Cattani. 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.


Hyperelastic materials based on Signorini’s strain energy density are studied by using Shannon wavelets. Cylindrical waves propagating in a nonlinear elastic material from the circular cylindrical cavity along the radius are analyzed in the following by focusing both on the main nonlinear effects and on the method of solution for the corresponding nonlinear differential equation. Cylindrical waves’ solution of the resulting equations can be easily represented in terms of this family of wavelets. It will be shown that Hankel functions can be linked with Shannon wavelets, so that wavelets can have some physical meaning being a good approximation of cylindrical waves. The nonlinearity is introduced by Signorini elastic energy density and corresponds to the quadratic nonlinearity relative to displacements. The configuration state of elastic medium is defined through cylindrical coordinates but the deformation is considered as functionally depending only on the radial coordinate. The physical and geometrical nonlinearities arising from the wave propagation are discussed from the point of view of wavelet analysis.