Chapman, CJ and Sorokin, SV (2021) A Wronskian method for elastic waves propagating along a tube. Proceedings Of The Royal Society A-mathematical Physical And Engineering Sciences, 477 (2250). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1364-5021

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A technique involving the higher Wronskians of a differential equation is presented for analysing the dispersion relation in a class of wave propagation problems. The technique shows that the complicated transcendental-function expressions which occur in series expansions of the dispersion function can, remarkably, be simplified to low-order polynomials exactly, with explicit coefficients which we determine. Hence simple but high-order expansions exist which apply beyond the frequency and wavenumber range of widely used approximations based on kinematic hypotheses. The new expansions are hypothesis-free, in that they are derived rigorously from the governing equations, without approximation. Full details are presented for axisymmetric elastic waves propagating along a tube, for which stretching and bending waves are coupled. New approximate dispersion relations are obtained, and their high accuracy confirmed by comparison with the results of numerical computations. The weak coupling limit is given particular attention, and shown to have a wide range of validity, extending well into the range of strong coupling.

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