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 Structural Engineering and Mechanics   Volume 54, Number 1, April10 2015, pages 69-85 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/sem.2015.54.1.069 Analytical and finite element solution of a receding contact problem Gökhan Adiyaman, Murat Yaylaci and Ahmet Birinci Abstract In this paper, a receding contact problem for an elastic layer resting on two quarter planes is considered. The layer is pressed by a stamp and distributed loads. It is assumed that the contact surfaces are frictionless and only compressive traction can be transmitted through the contact surfaces. In addition the effect of body forces are neglected. Firstly, the problem is solved analytically based on theory of elasticity. In this solution, the problem is reduced into a system of singular integral equations in which contact areas and contact stresses are unknowns using boundary conditions and integral transform techniques. This system is solved numerically using Gauss-Jacobi integral formulation. Secondly, two dimensional finite element analysis of the problem is carried out using ANSYS. The dimensionless quantities for the contact areas and the contact pressures are calculated under various distributed load conditions using both solutions. It is concluded that the position and the magnitude of the distributed load have an important role on the contact area and contact pressure distribution between layer and quarter plane contact surface. The analytic results are verified by comparison with finite element results. Key Words receding contact; quarter plane; Gauss-Jacobi; finite element method; ANSYS Address Gökhan Adiyaman: Department of Civil Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey Murat Yaylaci: Department of Civil Engineering, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Üniversity, 53100, Rize, Turkey Ahmet Birinci: Department of Civil Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey

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