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Loading-Unloading of an Elastic-Plastic Adhesive Spherical Contact

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Yuri Kadin, Yuri Kligerman, Izhak Etsion

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Paper No. ESDA2008-59089, pp. 377-383; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 9th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 3: Design; Tribology; Education
  • Haifa, Israel, July 7–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4837-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3827-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A numerical solution is presented for a single load-unload cycle of an adhesive contact between an elastic-plastic sphere and a rigid flat. The interacting forces between the sphere and the flat are obtained through connecting non-linear spring elements having force-displacement behavior that obeys the Lennard-Jones potential. Linear kinematic hardening (with tangent modulus of 2% and 5% of the Young’s modulus) rather than isotropic hardening is assumed for the sphere material to account for possible secondary plastification during the unloading. The well known Tabor parameter and a plasticity parameter are shown to be the two main dimensionless parameters governing the problem. The effects of these two parameters on the load-approach curves, on the plastically deformed sphere profiles and on the plastic strain fields inside the sphere are presented, showing different modes of separation during the unloading.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Adhesives



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