Solution of Elastic Half Space Problem using Boussinesq Displacement Potential Functions


  • Clifford U. Nwoji university of Nigeria, Nsukka.
  • Hyginus N. Onah University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
  • Benjamin O. Mama University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
  • Charles C. Ike Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Nigeria.


Boussinesq displacement potential functions, elastic half space problem, Boussinesq problem, stress fields, displacement fields


In this study, the Boussinesq displacement potential functions were used to solve the elastic half space problem involving a point load acting at the origin.Displacement field components were obtained from the Boussinesq potential functions using Love's expressions. Strin displacement and stress-strain laws were used simultaneously to obtain the stress fields from the displacement fields. It was found that solutions for stress and displacement fields were exactly the same expressions obtained by other researchers in the technical literature.


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How to Cite

Nwoji, C. U., Onah, H. N., Mama, B. O., & Ike, C. C. (2017). Solution of Elastic Half Space Problem using Boussinesq Displacement Potential Functions. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 5(5). Retrieved from