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On the Unbonded Contact Between Plates and an Elastic Half Space

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Y. Weitsman

Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, R. I.

J. Appl. Mech 36(2), 198-202 (Jun 01, 1969) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3564607 History: Received October 30, 1968; Online September 14, 2011

Abstract

In this paper an approximate solution is presented for the radius of contact between an elastic plate and a semi-infinite elastic half space. The plate is assumed to rest on the supporting half space without bond, and to be pressed against the elastic region by a concentrated load. In the absence of bonding no tensile stress can be transmitted across the interface between the plate and its elastic support so that contact takes place only within a circle centered about the concentrated load. Outside of this circle the plate lifts up and is no longer in contact with the elastic region.

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