Contact Pressure Between an Elastic Spherical Shell and a Rigid Plate

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D. P. Updike, A. Kalnins

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

J. Appl. Mech 39(4), 1110-1114 (Dec 01, 1972) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3422838 History: Received April 01, 1971; Revised October 01, 1971; Online July 12, 2010


A theoretical analysis for the determination of the contact pressure between a uniform elastic spherical shell and a rigid plate is developed. The results are directly applicable to the theory of applanation tonometry which is concerned with the measurement of intraocular pressure. Numerical results are presented for a shell having a radius to thickness ratio of 30.

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