# Raphael AssierThe University of Manchester · School of Mathematics

Raphael Assier

Centralien de Lyon, MASt, PhD (Cantab.)

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May 2017 - June 2017

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## Publications

Publications (42)

This article provides an overview of resonance phenomena in wave scattering by infinite and semi-infinite periodic arrays of small cylindrical scatterers, in the context of Foldy’s approximation. It briefly summarizes well-known results from the literature. Moreover, for infinite arrays, the asymptotics of the resonant wave amplitudes in the double...

We consider a large class of physical fields $u$ written as double inverse Fourier transforms of some functions $F$ of two complex variables. Such integrals occur very often in practice, especially in diffraction theory. Our aim is to provide a closed-form far-field asymptotic expansion of $u$. In order to do so, we need to generalise the well-esta...

We study the problem of diffraction by a right-angled no-contrast penetrable wedge by means of a two-complex-variable Wiener-Hopf approach. Specifically, the analyticity properties of the unknown (spectral) functions of the two-complex-variable Wiener-Hopf equation are studied. We show that these spectral functions can be analytically continued ont...

We present a unified framework for the study of wave propagation in homogeneous linear thermo-visco-elastic (TVE) continua, starting from conservation laws. In free-space such media admit two thermo-compressional modes and a shear mode. We provide asymptotic approximations to the corresponding wavenumbers which facilitate the understanding of dispe...

We present a unified framework for the study of wave propagation in homogeneous linear thermo-visco-elastic (TVE) continua, starting from conservation laws. In free-space such media admit two thermo-compressional modes and a shear mode. We provide asymptotic approximations to the corresponding wavenumbers which facilitate the understanding of dispe...

The classical problem of reflection of Lamb waves from a free edge perpendicular to the centre line of an elastodynamic plate is studied. It is known that Lamb wave expansions for the displacement and stress fields poorly represent the irregular behaviour near corners, leading to the slow convergence of a series of such waves. The form of the irreg...

We consider a large class of physical fields $u$ written as double inverse Fourier transforms of some spectral functions $F$ of two complex variables. Such integrals occur very often in practice, especially in diffraction theory. Our aim is to provide a closed-form far-field asymptotic expansion of $u$. In order to do so, we need to generalise the...

We design a class of spatially inhomogeneous heat spreaders in the context of steady-state thermal conduction leading to spatially uniform thermal fields across a large convective surface. Each spreader has a funnel-shaped design, either in the form of a trapezoidal prism or truncated cone, and is forced by a thermal source at its base. We employ t...

In this paper, we revisit Radlow's innovative approach to diffraction by a penetra ble wedge by means of a double Wiener-Hopf technique. We provide a constructive way of obtaining his ansatz and give yet another reason for why his ansatz cannot be the true solution to the diffraction problem at hand. The two-complex-variable Wiener-Hopf equation is...

This article considers the problem of diffraction by a wedge consisting of two semi-infinite periodic arrays of point scatterers. The solution is obtained in terms of two coupled systems, each of which is solved using the discrete Wiener--Hopf technique. An effective and accurate iterative numerical procedure is developed to solve the diffraction p...

We design a class of spatially inhomogeneous heat spreaders in the context of steady-state thermal conduction leading to spatially uniform thermal fields across a large convective surface. Each spreader has a funnel-shaped design, either in the form of a trapezoidal prism or truncated cone, and is forced by a thermal source at its base. We employ t...

In our previous work (R. C. Assier and A. V. Shanin, Q. J. Mech. Appl. Math., 72, 2019), we gave a new spectral formulation in two complex variables associated with the problem of plane-wave diffraction by a quarter-plane. In particular, we showed that the unknown spectral function satisfies a condition of additive crossing about its branch set. In...

Wave fields obeying the two-dimensional Helmholtz equation on branched surfaces (Sommerfeld surfaces) are studied. Such surfaces appear naturally as a result of applying the reflection method to diffraction problems with straight scatterers bearing ideal boundary conditions. This is for example the case for the classical canonical problems of diffr...

This article focuses on the time-domain propagation of elastic waves through a 1D periodic medium that contains non-linear imperfect interfaces, i.e. interfaces exhibiting a discontinuity in displacement and stress governed by a non-linear constitutive relation. The array considered is generated by a, possibly heterogeneous, cell repeated periodica...

In this work, the concept of high-frequency homogenization is extended to the case of one-dimensional periodic media with imperfect interfaces of the spring-mass type. In other words, when considering the propagation of elastic waves in such media, displacement and stress discontinuities are allowed across the borders of the periodic cell. As is cu...

This article focuses on the time-domain propagation of elastic waves through a 1D periodic medium that contains non-linear imperfect interfaces. The array considered is generated by a, possibly heterogeneous, cell repeated periodically and bonded by interfaces that are associated with transmission conditions of non-linear "spring-mass" type. More p...

We introduce and study a new canonical integral, denoted I + − ε , depending on two complex parameters α 1 and α 2 . It arises from the problem of wave diffraction by a quarter-plane and is heuristically constructed to capture the complex field near the tip and edges. We establish some region of analyticity of this integral in C 2 , and derive its...

Wave fields obeying the 2D Helmholtz equation on branched surfaces (Sommerfeld surfaces) are studied. Such surfaces appear naturally as a result of applying the reflection method to diffraction problems with straight scatterers bearing ideal boundary conditions. This is for example the case for the classical canonical problems of diffraction by a h...

In this work, the concept of high-frequency homoge-nisation is extended to the case of one-dimensional periodic media with imperfect interfaces of the spring-mass type. In other words, when considering the propagation of elastic waves in such media, displacement and stress discon-tinuities are allowed across the borders of the periodic cell. As is...

The important open canonical problem of wave diffraction by a penetrable wedge is considered in the high-contrast limit. Mathematically, this means that the contrast parameter, the ratio of a specific material property of the host and the wedge scatterer, is assumed small. The relevant material property depends on the physical context and is differ...

In our previous work (Assier & Shanin, QJMAM, 2019), we gave a new spectral formulation in two complex variables associated with the problem of diffraction by a quarter-plane. In particular, we showed that the unknown spectral function satisfies a condition of additive crossing about its branch set. In this paper, we study a very similar class of s...

We introduce and study a new special integral, denoted $I_{+-}^{\varepsilon}$, depending on two complex parameters $\alpha_1$ and $\alpha_2$. It arises from the canonical problem of wave diffraction by a quarter-plane, and is heuristically constructed to capture the complex field near the tip and edges. We establish some region of analyticity of th...

The subject of diffraction of waves by sharp boundaries has been studied intensively for well over a century, initiated by groundbreaking mathematicians and physicists including Sommerfeld, Macdonald and Poincaré. The significance of such canonical diffraction models, and their analytical solutions, was recognised much more broadly thanks to Keller...

The subject of diffraction of waves by sharp boundaries has been studied intensively for well over a century, initiated by groundbreaking mathematicians and physicists including Sommerfeld, Macdonald and Poincaré. The significance of such canonical diffraction models, and their analytical solutions, was recognised much more broadly thanks to Keller...

In this paper, we revisit Radlow's highly original attempt at a double Wiener--Hopf solution to the problem of wave diffraction by a quarter-plane. Using a constructive approach, we reduce the problem to two equations, one containing his somewhat controversial ansatz, and an additional compatibility equation. We then show that despite Radlow's ansa...

Motivated by the problem of acoustic plane wave scattering from an infinite periodic array of cylindrical scatterers, we present a new and easily-implemented way of calculating the quasi-periodic Green's function. This approach is based on an asymptotic expansion of the summand in the quasi-periodic Green's function in order to derive a tail-end co...

Numerous problems in thermal engineering give rise to problems with abrupt changes in boundary conditions particularly as regards structural and construction applications. There is a continual need for improved analytical and numerical techniques for the study and analysis of such canonical problems. The present work considers transient heat propag...

The problem of diffraction by a Dirichlet quarter-plane (a flat cone) in a 3D space is studied. The Wiener-Hopf equation for this case is derived and involves two unknown (spectral) functions depending on two complex variables. The aim of the present work is to construct an analytical continuation of these functions onto a well-described Riemann ma...

The problem of diffraction by a Dirichlet quarter-plane (a flat cone) in a 3D space is studied. The Wiener-Hopf equation for this case is derived and involves two unknown (spectral) functions depending on two complex variables. The aim of the present work is to build an analytical continuation of these functions onto a well-described Riemann manifo...

In Parnell & Abrahams (2008 Proc. R. Soc. A464, 1461–1482. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2007.0254)), a homogenization scheme was developed that gave rise to explicit forms for the effective antiplane shear moduli of a periodic unidirectional fibre-reinforced medium where fibres have non-circular cross section. The explicit expressions are rational functions i...

The Laplace-Beltrami operator (LBO) on a sphere with a cut arises when considering the problem of wave scattering by a quarter-plane. Recent methods developed for sound-soft (Dirichlet) and sound-hard (Neumann) quarter-planes rely on an a priori knowledge of the spectrum of the LBO. In this article we consider this spectral problem for more general...

The Wiener-Hopf and Cagniard-de Hoop techniques are employed in order to
solve a range of transient thermal mixed boundary value problems on the
half-space. The thermal field is determined via a rapidly convergent integral,
which can be evaluated straightforwardly and quickly on a desktop PC.

The stability of premixed flames in a duct is investigated using an asymptotic formulation, which is derived from first principles and based on high-activation-energy and low-Mach-number assumptions (Wu et al., J. Fluid Mech., vol. 497, 2003, pp. 23-53). The present approach takes into account the dynamic coupling between the flame and its spontane...

One of the strategies proposed to reduce NOx emissions in gas turbine engines is lean premixed combustion. However, in lean burn conditions, thermo-acoustic instabilities are more likely to occur and may have catastrophic effects on the combustion chamber such as vibration and structural fatigue. As full direct numerical simulations of such a multi...

In order to reduce NOx emissions, lean premixed combustion has been proposed to be one of the strategies. However, in lean burn conditions, thermo-acoustic instabilities are more likely to occur and may have catastrophic consequences on the combustion chamber such as vibration and structural fatigue. Simplified models capturing qualitatively and qu...

Lean premixed combustors reduce oxide of nitrogen (NOx) emissions but are also prone to self sustained thermo-acoustic instabilities. Attempting to model these instabilities has become a popular research topic, and asymptotic based flame modelling allows us to capture all of the length scales involved in the instability. This paper presents a metho...

This paper provides a review of important results concerning the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction and Geometrical Optics.
It also reviews the properties of the existing solution for the problem of diffraction of a time harmonic plane wave by a
half-plane. New mathematical expressions are derived for the wave fields involved in the problem of diffr...

This paper follows the work of A.V. Shanin on diffraction by an ideal quarter-plane. Shanin’s theory, based on embedding formulae, the acoustic uniqueness theorem and spherical edge Green’s functions, leads to three modified Smyshlyaev formulae, which partially solve the far-field problem of scattering of an incident plane wave by a quarter-plane i...

We shall consider the acoustic instability of premixed combustion in a duct. Our work focuses on the coupling between the spontaneous acoustic waves and the flame front. Using large-activation-energy asymptotic methods, the flame front is described as a discontinuity separating the burnt and unburnt mixtures. The flame front is dynamically coupled...

## Projects

Projects (2)

PhD project: Diffraction by penetrable wedges is a notorious problem in diffraction theory. The aim is to use the contrast of the material properties of the wedge scatterer and the host to create an asymptotic scheme that splits the 'hard' problem into infinite 'easy' ones.