Mathematical Modeling of Mixed-Boundary-Value Elastic Problems in 3D


This work describes a new mathematical formulation, specifically suitable for finite-difference analysis of stresses and displacements of three-dimensional mixed-boundary-value elastic problems. Earlier, mathematical models of elasticity were very deficient in handling three-dimensional practical stress problems. In the present model, a new scheme of reduction of unknowns is used to formulate the three-dimensional problem in terms of a single potential function, defined in terms of the three displacement components. Compared to the conventional models, the present model provides numerical solution of higher accuracy in a shorter period of computational time. The application of the potential function formulation is demonstrated here through a number of classical problems of solid mechanics, and the results are compared with the available solutions in the literature. The comparison of the results establishes the rationality of the present approach.

Applied Mathematics and Computation
Volume 169, Issue 2, 15 October 2005, Pages 1247-1275