Singular elastic solutions in corners with spring boundary conditions under anti-plane shear

Sara Jiménez-Alfaro, Víctor Villalba, Vladislav Mantič*

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A new analytical procedure is developed for the deduction of the asymptotic series of the singular solutions in displacements and stresses near the vertex of the linear elastic isotropic corners with the Dirichlet–Robin (fixed-spring) and Neumann–Robin (free-spring) boundary conditions. Under the assumption of antiplane shear loading, the corresponding elastic problem reduces to the Laplace equation for the out-of-plane displacement. In the deduction of such singular solution, the complex variable is used to propose a harmonic function in the form of an asymptotic series including both power and logarithmic terms. This original procedure is suitable for its implementation in a computer algebra software which makes all the necessary symbolic computing, simplifications and rearrangements. This is a key issue due to the fact that the complexity of terms in these series may increase with increasing order of terms. These series are composed by the main terms (also called main singularities), solutions of the corresponding Dirichlet–Neumann or Neumann–Neumann problems, and the associated finite or infinite series of the so-called shadow terms (also called shadow singularities). These terms are determined by solving systems of recursive inhomogeneous Dirichlet–Neumann or Neumann–Neumann problems, respectively. A general classification of the behaviours of the asymptotic series covering all the considered corner problems is introduced. A few examples of the asymptotic series for corners with Dirichlet–Robin and Neumann–Robin boundary conditions are presented to illustrate the capabilities of this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-220
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Adhesive joint
  • Antiplane strain
  • Asymptotic series expansion
  • Corner singularity
  • Laplace equation
  • Logarithmic singularity
  • Robin boundary condition
  • Shadow term
  • Thermal boundary resistance


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