Contact Problems for Layers and Half-Spaces
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Among the earlier publications, the contact problems for a layer were considered most completely in Gladwell (1980) and in Vorovich, Aleksandrov and Babeshko (1974). In this chapter, we concentrate on the case in which the layer is fixed along its base. Such problems have many applications. For example in biomechanics, the contact problem for a thin layer arises in the study of mechanoreceptors in tissue, including Pacinian corpuscles, SA II receptors, and chondrocytes (Haider and Holmes (1997)). These. receptors are responsible for transducing a component of the deformation field into a neural or chemical signal.
KeywordsIntegral Equation Contact Pressure Orthogonal Polynomial Asymptotic Solution Contact Problem
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