Transfer Matrix Approach to Layered Systems

by Leon Y. Bahar, Assoc. Prof. of Appl. Mech.; Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 5, Pg. 1159-1172

Document Type: Journal Paper


The stress and displacement distribution in a finite layered medium, statically loaded at the surface, is found by means of transfer matrices. Each layer is of infinite extent in the horizontal direction, of constant depth, and is considered to be linearly elastic, homogeneous and isotropic. The method developed has the built-in advantage of enforcing interface continuity conditions automatically. Its flexibility is shown by applying the technique to layered composites, in which case it predicts local as well as global behavior with equal ease.

Subject Headings: Matrix (mathematics) | Layered systems | Stress distribution | Displacement (mechanics) | Load distribution | Load transfer | Linear functions | Elastic analysis

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