Contact problems

  • J. T. Pindera
  • M.-J. Pindera
Part of the Engineering Application of Fracture Mechanics book series (EAFM, volume 8)


The correlation between the experimental results obtained using the techniques of isodynes and the two-dimensional elasticity solutions to selected problems presented in the preceding chapter establishes isodyne stress analysis as a quantitative tool in the analysis of plane states of stress. In view of the previous discussion regarding the range of applicability of a certain class of plane solutions, such an independent experimental technique is indeed very useful. There are, of course, other classes of plane elasticity problems whose solutions require independent verification or for which solutions are not readily available. One such class of problems which is the subject of the present chapter comprises a widely varied group of problems known as contact problems. These problems deal with localized stress distributions in the immediate vicinity of two contacting bodies whose deformation along the line of contact is taken into account in the course of generating a solution.


Normal Stress Contact Problem Point Load Concentrate Load Single Beam 
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© J. T. Pindera and Sons Engineering Services, Ontario, Canada 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. T. Pindera
    • 1
  • M.-J. Pindera
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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