Investigation of local plastic deformation between rough surfaces in mechanical components such as gears, camshaft and bearings is very important. Contact between real surfaces occurs at the summits of the highest asperities which vary in height and radius. The plastic deformation of the contact between two asperities was studied in this paper. Asperity contact was modelled as a contact between hemispheres. The commercial finite element software, ABAQUS, was employed to perform the numerical contact analysis of the elastic perfectly-plastic deforming hemispheres with the ratios of radii (R2/R1) from 1 to 7. Normal loads of 5000 N, 8000 N and 11000 N were applied to the frictionless contact of the hemispheres. It was shown that the plastic deformation ratio (ωp1/ωp2) decreases as the radii ratio increases. The higher normal load showed a lower plastic deformation ratio for high radii ratio. The results indicate that the radii ratio contributes to the severity of the plastic deformation and the total displacement of the contacting asperities.
|Journal||Advanced materials research|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|