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The pressure distribution for symmetrical contact of circular elastic cylinders

JM Hill, A Tordesillas

Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics | Published : 1989


In many industrial processes involving rolling cylinders in contact, knowledge of the contact pressure in the nip region is often crucial to a proper understanding of the process. For small contact areas (angles), the Hertzian contact pressure usually provides an adequate description. However, for rubber-covered rolling cylinders in contact with either a metal cylinder or another rubber-covered cylinder, the contact area can be significant. Limited experimental evidence for an extremely thin rubber cover indicates that the contact pressure is non-Hertzian. Here we consider the case of an elastic cylinder which is symmetrically compressed by two rigid frictionless compressors which are themse..

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