Elastic-plastic rolling-sliding contact on a quarter space

C. C. Yu*, L. M. Keer, B. Moran

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The analysis of the steady state residual stresses and cyclic plastic strains of a quarter space under repeated contact loading may be a useful method to approximate wheel-rail contact. For this reason, a three-dimensional elastic-plastic rolling-sliding contact problem on a quarter space is investigated. In this paper, a direct analysis method for problems in repeated elastic-plastic rolling-sliding contact is employed. The method is shown to be a highly efficient technique for the determination of the steady state solution, such as residual stress, residual strain, and the cyclic strain range, under proportional or non-proportional cyclic loading and may be used to predict fatigue life. In addition to the direct analysis method, a numerical quarter space solution is applied to calculate the elastic stress field used in the modified projection process of the direct analysis method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyclic quantities
  • Direct method
  • Elastic-linear kinematic
  • Finite element
  • Quarter-space
  • Rolling-sliding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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