The problem of wave propagation through a micropolar elastic slab sandwiched by two classical elastic half-spaces is studied in this paper. Different from the classical elastic solids, the particle in micropolar solids can bear not only the displacements but also the rotations. The additional kinetic freedom results in four kinds of wave modes, namely, the longitudinal displacement (LD) wave, the longitudinal microrotational (LR) wave, and two coupled transverse (CT) waves. Apart from the LD wave, the other three waves are dispersive. The existence of couple stresses and the microrotations also makes the interface conditions between the micropolar slab and the classic elastic half-spaces different from that between two classic solids. The nontraditional interface conditions lead to a set of algebraic equations from which the amplitude ratios of reflection and transmission waves can be determined. Further, the energy fluxes carried by various waves are evaluated and the energy conservation is checked to validate the numerical results obtained. The influences of the micropolar elastic constants and the thickness of slab are discussed based on the numerical results. Two situations of incident P wave and incident SH wave are both considered.

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