Elastodynamics on Graphs
Mathematical Physics Seminar
1st June 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Howard House, 4th Floor Seminar Room
together with Cerian Brewer and Stephen Creagh
I consider the wave dynamics on networks of plates coupled along 1D joints. This set-up can be mapped onto an extension of wave graph systems studied in, for example, quantum graph theory. In the elastic case, different mode- types (flexural, longitudinal and shear waves) propagate in each plate and do so at different wave speeds. The flexural (or bending) modes are described in terms of fourth order equations introducing an always evanescent wave component into the system. Waves encounter plate intersections and can be transmitted, reflected or mode converted. The intersection or vertex scattering matrices mix different waves which can be propagating (open) and evanescent (closed). The local scattering matrices and the global transfer operator are no longer unitary; the consequences of this non-unitarity on secular equations and the Weyl law will be discussed. The findings are of relevance to describing complex engineering structures such as networks of beams and plates.