American Society of Civil Engineers

Analysis of Unilateral Contact Problem

by Panagiotos D. Panagiotopoulos

Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division
, Vol. 102, No. 5, September/October 1976, pp. 921-926

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Document type: Technical Note
Abstract: In the analysis of structures, one sometimes encounters situations in which the boundary presents a unilateral contact with a support. The term, ”unilateral contact,” means that it is not known, a priori, which part of the boundary works itself loose from the support and which part remains in contact with it.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Contact pressure
Engineering mechanics
Boundary values