Complex variable formulation for non-slipping plane strain contact of two elastic solids in the presence of interface mismatch eigenstrain

Lifeng Ma, Alexander M. Korsunsky

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In this paper, the problems of non-slipping contact, non-slipping adhesive contact, and non-slipping adhesive contact with a stretched substrate are sequentially studied under the plane strain theory. The main results are obtained as follows: (i) The explicit solutions for a kind of singular integrals frequently encountered in contact mechanics (and fracture mechanics) are derived, which enables a comprehensive analysis of non-slipping contacts. (ii) The non-slipping contact problems are formulated in terms of the Kolosov-Muskhelishvili complex potential formulae and their exact solutions are obtained in closed or explicit forms. The relative tangential displacement within a non-slipping contact is found in a compact form. (iii) The spatial derivative of this relative displacement will be referred to in this study as the interface mismatch eigenstrain. Taking into account the interface mismatch eigenstrain, a new non-slipping adhesive contact model is proposed and its solution is obtained. It is shown that the pull-off force and the half-width of the non-slipping adhesive contact are smaller than the corresponding solutions of the JKR model (Johnson et al.; 1971). The maximum difference can reach 9% for pull-off force and 17% for pull-off width, respectively. In contrast, the new model may be more accurate in modeling the non-slipping adhesion. (iv) The non-slipping adhesions with a stretch strain (S-strain) imposed to one of contact counterparts are re-examined and the analytical solutions are obtained. The accurate analysis shows that under small values of the S-strain both the natural adhesive contact half-width and the pull-off force may be augmented, but for the larger S-strain values they are always reduced. It is also found that Dundurs' parameter β may exert a considerable effect on the solution of the pull-off problem under the S-strain. These solutions may be used to study contacts at macro-, micro-, and nano-scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1188
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion
  • Contact mechanics
  • JKR theory
  • Non-slipping contact


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