Separation of a smooth circular inclusion from a matrix

L. M. Keer*, J. Dundurs, K. Kiattikomol

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The paper treats the separation of a smooth circular inclusion from a matrix, as the latter is deformed uniformly. Using finite integral transforms, the problem of finding the extent of separation and the contact pressure is reduced to the solution of a Fredholm integral equation with a weakly singular kernel. The singular part of the kernel can be removed and the equation made suitable for an effective numerical solution. Explicit results are given for general combinations of materials and several cases of loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1233
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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