This paper describes a fully analytic solution method for the displacements and sub-surface stresses within a graded elastic layered solid. This method can be utilised to predict the local deformation of nano or micro-scale depositions under contacting conditions. The solid consists of two distinct layers which are considered to be perfectly bonded and comprise of a graded elastic coating whose shear modulus varies exponentially with the depth coordinate and an infinitely deep homogeneously elastic substrate. The solution given in this paper is generic and easily utilised to solve real problems as it requires only known physical characteristics of the solid under study and an applied surface pressure. As a result, this model is very cheap to use and can be easily integrated into tribological codes to predict local deflections.

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