Dispersion curves are developed for elastic wave propagation in an anisotropic plate of monoclinic or higher symmetry. Emphasis is placed on analytic expressions for various features. Generalization of the isotropic Rayleigh–Lamb dispersion relations are derived for the cases of (a) propagation along a material symmetry axis and (b) propagation in a general direction. Examination of the high‐frequency limit of the lowest symmetric and antisymmetric mode dispersion curves yields expressions for the half‐space surface or Rayleigh wave velocity. It is shown that the dispersion curves for these modes can exhibit multiple crossings in approaching this limit, and an analytic solution is presented for the constant crossing interval that occurs for propagation along symmetry directions. The analytic results are illustrated by extensive numerical calculations for a variety of degrees of anisotropy with emphasis placed on the relationship between the slowness curves governing partial wave propagation and various features of the dispersion curves.
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