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Viscoelastic Waves in Layered Media

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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108462112

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  • This book is a rigorous, self-contained exposition of the mathematical theory for wave propagation in layered media with arbitrary amounts of intrinsic absorption. The theory, previously unpublished in book form, provides solutions for fundamental wave-propagation problems and corresponding numerical results in the context of any media with a linear response (elastic or anelastic). It provides new insights regarding the physical characteristics for two- and three-dimensional anelastic body and surface waves. The book is an excellent graduate-level textbook. It permits fundamental elastic wave propagation to be taught in the broader context of wave propagation in any media with a linear response. The book is a valuable reference text. It provides tools for solving problems in seismology, geotechnical engineering, exploration geophysics, solid mechanics, and acoustics. The numerical examples and problem sets facilitate understanding by emphasizing important aspects of both the theory and the numerical results.

    • Presents the fundamentals of wave propagation in the broader context of any medium with a linear response
    • Includes problem sets and numerical examples to facilitate learning
    • Provides the basis for development of new numerical models for applications in a range of fields
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    "The material is presented in a simple and clear way. The book can be used as a textbook in a course on wave propagation." Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108462112
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. One-dimensional viscoelasticity
    2. Three-dimensional viscoelasticity
    3. Viscoelastic P, SI and SII waves
    4. Framework for single-boundary reflection-refraction and surface-wave problems
    5. General P, SI, and SII waves incident on a viscoelastic boundary
    6. Numerical models for general waves reflected and refracted at viscoelastic boundaries
    7. General SI, P, and SII waves incident on a viscoelastic free surface
    8. Rayleigh-type surface wave on a viscoelastic half space
    9. General SII waves incident on multiple layers of viscoelastic media
    10. Love-type surface waves in multilayered viscoelastic media
    11. Appendices
    12. References

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    Roger D. Borcherdt, United States Geological Survey, California
    Roger D. Borcherdt is a research scientist at the United States Geological Survey and consulting professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, California, where he also served as visiting Shimizu Professor. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in theoretical mathematics from the Universities of Colorado and Wisconsin and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Geoscience with minors in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications including several on the theoretical and empirical aspects of seismic wave propagation pertaining to problems in seismology, geophysics, and earthquake engineering. He is an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, past editor of Earthquake Spectra and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Seismological Society of America, the American Society of Civil Engineering, and the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California. He is the recipient of the US Department of Interior Meritorious Service award for scientific leadership in engineering seismology and the 1994 and 2002 Outstanding Paper Awards of Earthquake Spectra. He is a member of several advisory committees, a registered Geophysicist in the State of California (GP 163), and co-inventor of the General Earthquake Observation System (GEOS), patent number 4,603,486.

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