A unified boundary integral equation (BIE) is developed for the scattering of elastic and acoustic waves. Traditionally, the elastic and acoustic wave problems are solved separately with different BIEs. The elastic wave case is represented in a vector BIE with the traction and displacement vectors as unknowns whereas the acoustic wave case is governed by a scalar BIE with velocity potential or pressure as unknowns. Although these two waves can be unified in the form of a partial differential equation, the unified form in its BIE counterpart has not been reported. In this work, we derive the unified BIE for these two waves and then show that the acoustic wave case can be derived from this BIE by introducing a shielding loss for small shear modulus approximation; hence only one code needs to be maintained for both elastic and acoustic wave scattering. We also derive the asymptotic Green's tensor for zero shear modulus and solve the corresponding vector equation. We employ the method of moments, which has been widely used in electromagnetics, as a numerical tool to solve the BIEs involved. Our numerical experiments show that it can also be used robustly in elastodynamics and acoustics.
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