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Simulation of 3D elasto-acoustic wave propagation based on a Discontinuous Galerkin Spectral Element method

by   Paola F. Antonietti, et al.

In this paper we present a numerical discretization of the coupled elasto-acoustic wave propagation problem based on a Discontinuous Galerkin Spectral Element (DGSE) approach in a three-dimensional setting. The unknowns of the coupled problem are the displacement field and the velocity potential, in the elastic and the acoustic domains, respectively, thereby resulting in a symmetric formulation. After stating the main theoretical results, we assess the performance of the method by convergence tests carried out on both matching and non-matching grids, and we simulate realistic scenarios where elasto-acoustic coupling occurs. In particular, we consider the case of Scholte waves and the scattering of elastic waves by an underground acoustic cavity. Numerical simulations are carried out by means of the code SPEED, available at


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