WIT Press


Boundary Element Tools For The Finite Body Unilateral Contact Problem

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE930152

Volume

2

Pages

13

Published

1993

Size

1,113 kb

Author(s)

S.R. Sipcic & V.L. Rabinovich

Abstract

Boundary element tools for the finite body unilateral contact problem S.R. Sipcic", V.L. Rabinovich* "Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Boston Univeristy, Boston, MA, USA Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA ABSTRACT A numerical solution of the three dimensional frictionless contact problem and its data parallel implementation on the Connection Machine system CM-2 is presented. The numerical solution is obtained by means of bound- ary element discretization of a variational inequality and related extremum principle; the associated Green's function is approximated by means of stan- dard direct boundary element procedure. Important new results for the three dimensional finite body contact problem are reported. The results clearly illustrate the distinct ability of the method to capture the influence of the body shape and loading on the contact area and the pressure acting in it. 1 INTRODU

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