The Stresses Induced in a Half-Space by an Arbitrary Axisymmetric Pressure Distribution

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D. A. Hills

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

A. Sackfield

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

J. Tribol 109(4), 630-633 (Oct 01, 1987) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261523 History: Received September 20, 1986; Online October 29, 2009


A general method is described for deducing the stresses induced in a half-space by an axisymmetric pressure distribution applied over a small area of the surface. The technique is illustrated by re-evaluating the solution to Hertz’ contact problem, and deducing the stresses induced in a fourth-order contacting pair.

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