Institute of Fundamental Technological Research
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N. Bordignon

University of Trento (IT)

Recent publications
1.  Bigoni D., Bordignon N., Piccolroaz A., Stupkiewicz S., Bifurcation of elastic solids with sliding interfaces, PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES, ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0681, Vol.474, pp.20170681-1-21, 2018

Lubricated sliding contact between soft solids is an interesting topic in biomechanics and for the design of small-scale engineering devices. As a model of this mechanical set-up, two elastic nonlinear solids are considered jointed through a frictionless and bilateral surface, so that continuity of the normal component of the Cauchy traction holds across the surface, but the tangential component is null. Moreover, the displacement can develop only in a way that the bodies in contact do neither detach, nor overlap. Surprisingly, this finite strain problem has not been correctly formulated until now, so this formulation is the objective of the present paper. The incremental equations are shown to be non-trivial and different from previously (and erroneously) employed conditions. In particular, an exclusion condition for bifurcation is derived to show that previous formulations based on frictionless contact or 'spring-type' interfacial conditions are not able to predict bifurcations in tension, while experiments—one of which, ad hoc designed, is reported—show that these bifurcations are a reality and become possible when the correct sliding interface model is used. The presented results introduce a methodology for the determination of bifurcations and instabilities occurring during lubricated sliding between soft bodies in contact

frictionless contact, large strains, nonlinear elasticity

Bigoni D. - University of Trento (IT)
Bordignon N. - University of Trento (IT)
Piccolroaz A. - University of Trento (IT)
Stupkiewicz S. - IPPT PAN

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