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Simple Waves characterizing wave propagation in a nonlinear elastic medium

Earth, Planets and Space201451:BF03352235

DOI: 10.1186/BF03352235

Received: 14 July 1998

Accepted: 14 April 1999

Published: 6 June 2014


In the field of nonlinear waves, there exist two kinds of waves, i.e., one is Non-Coupled Simple Wave (nonlinear P wave) and Coupled Simple Wave (nonlinear S wave). In this paper, the problem is limitted to the two-dimensional case. After numerical computations, we have then found that the behavior of waves in the nonlinear wave field is governed by the theory of Simple Waves. Even complex wave form can be analyzed as composite Simple Waves.