Evolution of a semidiscrete system modeling the scattering of acoustic waves by a piezoelectric solid

Thomas S. Brown, Tonatiuh Sánchez-Vizuet, Francisco Javier Sayas

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We consider a model problem of the scattering of linear acoustic waves in free homogeneous space by an elastic solid. The stress tensor in the solid combines the effect of a linear dependence of strains with the inuence of an existing electric field. The system is closed using Gauss's law for the associated electric displacement. Well-posedness of the system is studied by its reformulation as a first order in space and time differential system with help of an elliptic lifting operator. We then proceed to studying a semidiscrete formulation, corresponding to an abstract Finite Element discretization in the electric and elastic fields, combined with an abstract Boundary Element approximation of a retarded potential representation of the acoustic field. The results obtained with this approach improve estimates obtained with Laplace domain techniques. While numerical experiments illustrating convergence of a fully discrete version of this problem had already been published, we demonstrate some properties of the full model with some simulations for the two dimensional case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-455
Number of pages33
JournalESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Coupling of finite and boundary elements
  • Groups of isometries
  • Piezoelectricity
  • Retarded potentials
  • Time-domain boundary integral equations
  • Wave-structure interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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