Journal of computational and applied mathematics vol:168 issue:1-2 pages:215-224
A mechanics-based model of non-uniform frictional sliding is studied from the mathematical/computational analysis point of view. This problem is of a key importance for a number of applications (particularly geomechanical ones), where materials interfaces undergo partial frictional sliding under compression and shear. We show that the problem is reduced to Dirichlet's problem for monotonic loading and to Riernman's problem for cyclic loading. The problem may look like a traditional crack interaction problem, however, it is confounded by the fact that locations of n sliding intervals are not known. They are to be determined from the condition for the stress intensity factors: K-II = 0 at the ends of the sliding zones. Computationally, it reduces to solving a system of 2n coupled non-linear algebraic equations involving singular integrals with unknown limits of integration. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.