Date of Award

Summer 1998

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mathematics and Statistics


Computational and Applied Mathematics

Committee Director

John Tweed

Committee Member

Mark H. Dunn

Committee Member

Gordon Melrose

Committee Member

F. Farassat

Committee Member

John H. Heinbockel


The numerical solution of two classes of hypersingular integral equations is addressed. Both classes are integral equations of the first kind, and are hypersingular due to a kernel containing a Hadamard singularity. The convergence of a Galerkin method and a collocation method is discussed and computationally efficient algorithms are developed for each class of hypersingular integral equation.

Interest in these classes of hypersingular integral equations is due to their occurrence in many physical applications. In particular, investigations into the scattering of acoustic waves by moving objects and the study of dynamic Griffith crack problems has necessitated a computationally efficient technique for solving such equations.

Fracture mechanic studies are performed using the aforementioned techniques. We focus our studies on problems addressing the Stress Intensity Factors (SIF) of a finite Griffith crack scattering an out of plane shear wave. In addition, we consider the problem of determining the SIF of two parallel Griffith cracks and two perpendicular Griffith cracks. It is shown that the method is very accurate and computationally efficient.

In acoustics, we first consider the moving wing problem. For this problem we wish to find the sound produced by the interaction of a moving wing with a known incident sound source. Although this problem is relatively simple, it is a good precursor to the two-dimensional, finite, moving duct problem.

The bulk of the research is focused on solving the two-dimensional, finite, moving duct problem. Here we look at sound propagation and radiation from a finite, two-dimensional, moving duct with a variety of inlet configurations. In particular, we conduct studies on the redirection of sound by a so-called scarf inlet design. In said designs, we are able to demonstrate the ability to redirect sound away from sensitive areas.