An EFG-FE coupling method for microscale adhesive contacts

Tianxiang Liu, Geng Liu*, Qin Xie, Q. Jane Wang

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An elastic adhesive contact model based on the element-free Galerkin-finite element (EFG-FE) coupling method is presented in this paper. The model is first validated though comparison to theoretical solutions. A numerical simulation of the adhesive contact between a microelastic cylinder and a rigid half-space is then conducted. The adhesive contact characteristics of three metals (Al, Cu, and Fe) are studied at different Tabor parameters. The relationships of the applied load and contact half-width of the adhesive contacts are analyzed. Contact pressures, stress contours and deformed profiles of different cylinder sizes and applied loads are illustrated and discussed. The results are compared to published solutions, and good agreements are observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Tribology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006


  • Adhesive contact
  • Meshless methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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