The Strength of Some Non-Hertzian Plane Contacts

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A. Sackfield

Department of Mathematics, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham NG1 4BU, England

D. A. Hills

Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, Oxford OX1 3PJ, England

J. Tribol 108(4), 655-658 (Oct 01, 1986) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261296 History: Received March 10, 1985; Online October 29, 2009


The problem of plane elastic contact between a symmetrical indentor and a half-plane is addressed. The form of the contacting profile of the indentor is represented in terms of Chebyshev polynomials, and the resulting stress-field is deduced, for both static and sliding contact. It is shown that by making the profile somewhat flatter than a cylinder a large load may be sustained without yielding. Practical implications of the result, including profiles needed to attain optimal contact conditions, are discussed.

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