A horizontally multilayered Green elastic transversely isotropic half-space is considered as the domain of the boundary value problem involved in this paper, such that the axes of material symmetry of different layers are parallel to the axis of material symmetry of the lowest half-space, which is depthwise. The domain is assumed to be affected by an arbitrary time-harmonic forced vibration due to a rigid rectangular surface foundation. With the use of a potential function method and the Hankel integral transforms, the displacements and stresses Green's functions are determined in each layer. The unknown functions due to integrations in each layer are transformed to the unknown functions of the surface layer with the use of the concept of propagator matrix and the continuity conditions. The mixed boundary conditions at the surface of the whole domain are numerically satisfied with the assumption of piecewise constant distribution of tractions in the contact area. It is numerically shown that the surface displacement and stress boundary conditions are satisfied very well. The vertical and horizontal impedance functions of the rectangular foundation are determined, which may be used as lumped parameters in time-harmonic soil-structure interaction with transversely isotropic horizontally layered domain as the soil. It is shown that the impedance functions determined in this paper coincide with the same functions for the simpler case of isotropic homogeneous half-space as degenerations of this study.
Impedance Functions for Surface Rigid Rectangular Foundations on Transversely Isotropic Multilayer Half-Spaces
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Manuscript received July 29, 2012; final manuscript received December 29, 2012; accepted manuscript posted February 11, 2013; published online July 12, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Weinong Chen.
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Amiri-Hezaveh, A., Eskandari-Ghadi, M., Rahimian, M., and Ghorbani-Tanha, A. K. (July 12, 2013). "Impedance Functions for Surface Rigid Rectangular Foundations on Transversely Isotropic Multilayer Half-Spaces." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. September 2013; 80(5): 051017. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4023626
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