International Journal of Solids and Structures vol:35 issue:34-35 pages:4753-4778
An exact stiffness formalism is presented to study harmonic and transient wave propagation in multilayered dry, saturated and unsaturated isotropic poroelastic media. Smeulders' extension of Blot's poroelastic theory is used to incorporate-unsaturated porous media with a small gas fraction. A-wide range of problems in geophysical and civil engineering can be treated, ranging from amplification of plane harmonic waves, dispersion and attenuation of surface waves to transient wave propagation due to a forced excitation. The effect of full or partial saturation on wave propagation in a poroelastic layered halfspace is demonstrated in a numerical example, in which the layering is caused by a moving ground water table. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science. All rights reserved.