2004 Volume 47 Issue 2 Pages 173-180
Using the Green's functions, the general solutions of a three-dimensional crack problem in piezoelectric materials under mechanical and electrical loads is derived by boundary element method. Then this crack problem is reduced to solve a set of hypersingular integral equations coupled with boundary integral equations. The unknown functions are the discontinuities of the elastic displacements and electrical potential of the crack surface. The singularity of the unknowns at the crack front is analyzed by the main-part analysis method of two-dimensional hypersingular integral equations, and the exact analytical solution of the singular stresses and electrical displacements near the crack front in a transversely isotropic piezoelectric solid is given.