A LAYERWISE BOUNDARY INTEGRAL-EQUATION MODEL FOR LAYERS AND LAYERED MEDIA
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A hybrid method is presented for the analysis of layers, plates, and multilayered systems consisting of isotropic and linear elastic materials. The problem is formulated for the general case of a multilayered system using a total potential energy formulation. The layerwise laminate theory of Reddy is employed to develop a layerwise, two-dimensional, displacement-based, hybrid boundary element model that assumes piecewise continuous distribution of the displacement components through the system's thickness. A one-dimensional finite element model is used for the analysis of the multilayered system through its thickness, and integral Fourier transforms are used to obtain the exact solution for the in-plane problem. Explicit expressions are obtained for the fundamental solution of a typical infinite layer (element) assuming linear displacement distribution through its thickness. This fundamental solution is given in a closed form in the cartesian space, and it can be applied in the two-dimensional boundary integral equation model to analyze layered structures with finite dimensions. The proposed method provides a simple, efficient, and versatile model for a three-dimensional analysis of thick plates or multilayered systems. 1995 Kluwer Academic Publishers.