The Contact Problem for Viscoelastic Bodies

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Wei Hsuin Yang

Firestone Flight Sciences Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 33(2), 395-401 (Jun 01, 1966) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3625055 History: Received May 10, 1965; Online September 15, 2011


The viscoelastic contact problem is extended to cover general linear materials and arbitrary quadratic surfaces of the bodies in contact. Use of integral operator constitutive relations permits solution by comparison with a known integral identity in potential theory, as used by Hertz in the original elastic solution. Examples are given for the case of indentation of a viscoelastic half-space by a rigid spherical indenter and the case of contact between two spheres with different material properties.

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