The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 222, Issue 8, pp 1951–1960 | Cite as

Acoustic-elastodynamic interaction in isotropic fractal media

  • H. Joumaa
  • M. Ostoja-Starzewski
Regular Article


This research explores the acoustic-elastodynamic interaction in isotropic fractal media. The analysis discusses the direct coupling of two constitutive models under dynamic loading: a continuous solid and an isotropic fractal medium. We consider two situations where in the first, the fractal medium is enclosed within a thin spherical shell (interior problem), while in the second, the fractal medium extends infinitely outside the shell (exterior problem). The two problems are simulated analytically, and the exact solution for the shell displacement is expressed in closed form in the Laplace domain. The formulation of the radiation condition for infinite fractal media is essential to derive the exterior problem’s solution. This study represents a meaningful idealization of real-application problems involving the interaction of multi-constitutive media, e.g. the human brain, whereby fractal features affect the response of this body under various excitations.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Human Head Fractal Derivative Acoustic Pressure Fractal Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Joumaa
    • 1
  • M. Ostoja-Starzewski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Science and EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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