Impact of a Rigid Body on an Elastic Half Space

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G. N. Bycroft

U. S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Seismic Engineering Branch, Menlo Park, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 44(2), 227-230 (Jun 01, 1977) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424029 History: Received June 01, 1976; Revised December 01, 1976; Online July 12, 2010


A Fourier synthesis of the steady-state vibrations of a rigid plate on an elastic half space is used to determine the deceleration and penetration of a rigid body impacting an elastic half space over a flat circular area. In order to obtain a satisfactory solution, it is necessary to integrate to a large value of the frequency factor. The theoretical values are compared with some simple experiments on lead and Neoprene.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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