Elastic Rayleigh Wave Motions Due to Nuclear Blasts

by Melvin L. Baron,
Ronald Check,


Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1963, Vol. 89, Issue 1, Pg. 57-72


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Displacements due to Rayleigh waves are produced by nuclear bursts acting on the surface of a semi-infinite elastic half-space producing a time decaying pressure pulse that acts over a circular surface area of increasing radius. Expressions for the Rayleigh wave displacements produced by a concentrated load on the surface of the medium are used as influence functions to construct, by means of suitable integrations in space and time, the corresponding quantities produced by the pressure distributions from a nuclear burst. Numerical results and procedures are noted and the application of the method to the design of undergound facilities is outlined.

Subject Headings: Rayleigh waves | Wave pressure | Surface waves | Displacement (mechanics) | Elastic analysis | Half space | Pressure distribution | Numerical methods

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