Stephan Kusche

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The Boundary Element Method (BEM) for elastic materials is extended to deal with viscoelastic media. This is obtained by making use of a similar form of the fundamental solution for both the materials. Some considerations are attributed to the difference of the normal and the tangential contact problem. Both normal and tangential problems are furthermore assumed to be decoupled. Then the oblique impact of hard spheres with an incompressible viscoelastic half-space (linear standard-model) is studied. By assuming stick conditions during impact, one obtains the dependence of the two coefficients of restitution as functions of two input parameters. This result is expressed in an elegant and compact form of the fitting function.


Contact Mechanics, Boundary Element Method, Linear Viscoelastic Material, Rebound Test, Oblique Impact, Tangential Problem

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