Subsurface and surface cracking due to hertzian contact

L. M. Keer, M. D. Bryant, G. K. Haritos

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Numerical results are presented for a cracked elastic half-space surface-loaded by Hertzian contact stresses. A horizontal subsurface crack and a surface breaking vertical crack are contained within the half-space. An attempt to correlate crack geometry to fracture is made and possible mechanisms for crack propagation are introduced

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-351
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Tribology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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