Surface Stretch of an Elastic Half-Space Under Indentation

  • Ivan ArgatovEmail author
  • Gennady Mishuris
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 91)


In this chapter, we consider the tangential displacement field induced at the surface of a transversely isotropic elastic half-space by axisymmetric normal loading, e.g., with the help of a rigid indenter. In particular, a new elastic constant, which is responsible for the so-called surface stretch is introduced. Explicit formulas for the surface stretch are given for canonical (paraboloidal, conical, and spherical) indenters and a flat-ended annular indenter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of MechanicsTechnical University of BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, IMPACSAberystwyth UniversityAberystwythUK

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