Computational Contact and Impact Mechanics

Fundamentals of Modeling Interfacial Phenomena in Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis

  • Tod A. Laursen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Tod A. Laursen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Tod A. Laursen
    Pages 69-108
  4. Tod A. Laursen
    Pages 295-368
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 435-454

About this book


This book comprehensively treats the formulation and finite element approximation of contact and impact problems in nonlinear mechanics. Intended for students, researchers and practitioners interested in numerical solid and structural analysis, as well as for engineers and scientists dealing with technologies in which tribological response must be characterized, the book includes an introductory but detailed overview of nonlinear finite element formulations before dealing with contact and impact specifically. Topics encompassed include the continuum mechanics, mathematical structure, variational framework, and finite element implementations associated with contact/impact interaction. Additionally, important and currently emerging research topics in computational contact mechanics are introduced, encompassing such topics as tribological complexity, conservative treatment of inelastic impact interaction, and novel spatial discretization strategies.


Computational Mechanics Contact and Impact Mechanics Nonlinear Finite Elements contact/impact finite elements mechanics modeling nonlinear solid mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Tod A. Laursen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of EngineeringDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07685-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04864-1
  • Buy this book on publisher's site