Application of deterministic contact model to analyze the contact of rough surface against a flat layered surface

H.R. Pasaribu, Dirk J. Schipper

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In this paper, a rough surface is modeled as an array of asperities represented by spheres with different radii and heights to be able to calculate the deformation (elastic, elastic-plastic, and plastic) at each asperity in contact. The total contact area and the total load carried are calculated by summarizing respectively the contact area and the load carried by each individual asperity (deterministic model). This model will diminish the assumption of an average asperity radius and enable one to calculate the contact of non-Gaussian surface more precisely. Further, in this paper, the deterministic model is used to analyze the contact behavior of a rough surface against a flat layered surface by modeling the flat layered surface as a solid that has effective mechanical properties as a function of indentation depth.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)451-455
JournalJournal of tribology - Transactions of the ASME
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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