Wave propagation and strain localization in a fully saturated softening porous medium under the non-isothermal conditions

Na, SeonHong; Sun, WaiChing

The (THM) coupling effects on the dynamic wave propagation and strain localization in a fully saturated softening porous medium are analyzed. The characteristic polynomial corresponding to the governing equations of the THM system is derived, and the stability analysis is conducted to determine the necessary conditions for stability in both non-isothermal and adiabatic cases. The result from the dispersion analysis based on the Abel–Ruffini theorem reveals that the roots of the characteristic polynomial for the THM problem cannot be expressed algebraically. Meanwhile, the dispersion analysis on the adiabatic case leads to a new analytical expression of the internal length scale. Our limit analysis on the phase velocity for the non-isothermal case indicates that the internal length scale for the non-isothermal THM system may vanish at the short wavelength limit. This result leads to the conclusion that the rate-dependence introduced by multiphysical coupling may not regularize the THM governing equations when softening occurs. Numerical experiments are used to verify the results from the stability and dispersion analyses.


  • thumnail for Na_et_al-2016-International_Journal_for_Numerical_and_Analytical_Methods_in_Geomechanics.pdf Na_et_al-2016-International_Journal_for_Numerical_and_Analytical_Methods_in_Geomechanics.pdf application/pdf 1.03 MB Download File

Also Published In

International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics

More About This Work

Academic Units
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Published Here
February 22, 2016