Tangential loading of elastic bodies in contact

L. M. Keer*, N. Ahmadi, T. Mura

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This paper concerns the elastic contact between two bodies which are pressed together by normal loads and are given a tangential relative displacement. The tangential load is not sufficient to cause sliding over the entire contact region so that a portion of the contact sticks while the remainder slips. The two bodies can have different geometrical and elastic properties. Using rectangular subdivisions for the normal and tangential stresses, a numerical scheme for the complete sliding and stick-slip cases is developed. The contact region for complete sliding is first found and assumed to be approximately correct for the stick-slip case. The method is iterative and convergence to the unknown shape of the contact region (complete slip) and the shape of the stick region (stick-slip) is rapid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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