Section: Application Domains
Wave propagation in solids is with no doubt, among the three fundamental domains that are acoustics, electromagnetism and elastodynamics, the one that poses the most significant difficulties from mathematical and numerical points of view.
Our activity on this topic began with applications in geophysics, which unfortunately has been forced to slow down in the middle of the 90’s due to the disengagement of French oil companies in matter of research. However it has seen a most welcomed rebound through new academic problems (in parficular surface waves, perfectly matched layers techniques, inverse problems in wave guides) and industrial contacts, more precisely with CEA-LIST with which we have developed a long term collaboration in the domain of non destructive testing by ultrasounds. The most recent problems we have been dealing with in this domain concern elastic wave propagation in plates, the modeling of piezoelectric devices or elastic wave propagation in highly heterogeneous media.