A system of boundary integral equations is presented which governs the crack-opening displacements for two-crack configurations. The integral equations are highly singular and they cannot be solved directly by numerical methods. By the approach of this paper the higher order singularities are, however, reduced to integrable singularities, and the integral equations are subsequently discretized and solved numerically. For several configurations numerical results have been obtained for scattered fields and for elastodynamic stress intensity factors. The scattered-field results are interpreted to apply for a partially closed crack as well as for two separate but neighboring cracks. The stress-intensity factors are intended to apply only to the case of separate cracks. The scattered-field results have relevance to the problem of detection and characterization of cracks in the field of quantitative nondestructive evaluation.

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