Problems involving a receding contact between a layer and a half space

L. M. Keer, J. Dondurs, K. C. Tsai

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The work reconsiders the smooth receding contact between an elastic layer and a half space when the two bodies arc pressed together. The analysis leads to a Fredhohn integral equation of the second kind for an auxiliary function that is directly related to the contact pressure. An unexpected result is that the integral equation is homogeneous, and that finding the extent of contact can be viewed as an eigenvalue problem. The integral equation can be solved numerically to any required degree of accuracy, and the extent of contact and the contact pressure are computed for concentrated and uniformly distributed loads in both plane and axisymmelric problems. The present analysis confirms the results of Weitsman rather than Pu and Hussain over a wide range of mismatch in the elastic constants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1120
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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