Nonlinear Stability Considerations in Thermoelastic Contact

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J. A. Pelesko

Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

J. Appl. Mech 66(1), 109-116 (Mar 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2789136 History: Received June 20, 1998; Revised August 31, 1998; Online October 25, 2007


The behavior of a one-dimensional thermoelastic rod is modeled and analyzed. The rod is held fixed and at constant temperature at one end, while at the other end it is free to separate from or make contact with a rigid wall. At this free end a pressure and gap-dependent thermal boundary condition is imposed which couples the thermal and elastic problems. Such systems have previously been shown to undergo a bifurcation from a unique linearly stable steady-state solution to multiple steady-state solutions with alternating stability. Here, the system is studied using a two-timing or multiple-scale singular perturbation technique. In this manner, the analysis is extended into the nonlinear regime and dynamic information about the history dependence and temporal evolution of the solution is obtained.

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