Numerical simulation for three dimensional elastic-plastic contact with hardening behavior

Fan Wang*, Leon M Keer

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An elastic-plastic contact (EPC) solution and code is developed using a modified semi-analytical method. The indentation tests with different hardening behavior are simulated by using the developed EPC code. The distributions of contact pressure, residual stress and plastic strain are obtained and compared with the results of the finite element method models without hardening. Some techniques, such as fast Fourier transform and fast convergence method, are used to increase the computation speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-502
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Tribology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Contact
  • Elastic-plastic
  • FFT
  • Hardening law
  • Plastic strain
  • Residual stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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