The Contact Between Arbitrarily Curved Bodies of Finite Dimensions

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J. M. de Mul

SKF Engineering & Research Centre, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands

J. J. Kalker

Department of Mathematics & Informatics, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

B. Fredriksson

SAAB-SCANIA Aircraft Division, Linköping, Sweden

J. Tribol 108(1), 140-148 (Jan 01, 1986) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261134 History: Received February 12, 1985; Online October 29, 2009


A new method is described for the analysis of the contact between two bodies of linearly elastic materials in the absence of friction. No specific assumptions are made about the curvature of the bodies. Though based on commonly used half-space theory, approximations are introduced to take into account the finite dimensions of the bodies. The model has been implemented in a computer program and verified by means of FEM analysis. The applicability of the technique to lubricated tribological contacts is demonstrated.

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