Contact mechanics with applications
Monday, 11 May 2009, 15:15
I have developed a theory of contact mechanics and adhesion between
elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces.
The theory takes into account that partial contact may occur
between the solids on all length scales.
The theory predicts how the area of real contact, the stress distribution in the
and the distribution of interfacial separations depends on the load. The theory is
very flexible and can be applied to both elastic and viscoelastic solids with or
Plasticity effects can also be easily included in the theory.
As an illustration, I discuss the leak-rate of seals, adhesion and bioadhesion.