The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Stability of thermoelastic contact for a rectangular elastic block sliding against a rigid wall

Ciavarella, M. and Barber, J.R. (2005) Stability of thermoelastic contact for a rectangular elastic block sliding against a rigid wall European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, 24, (3), pp. 371-376. (doi:10.1016/j.euromechsol.2004.10.008).

Record type: Article


In this note, we determine the stability boundary for the thermoelastic contact of a rectangular elastic block sliding against a rigid wall in the presence of a pressure-dependent thermal contact resistance. This geometry can be seen as intermediate between the idealized ‘Aldo’ rod model and continuum solutions for the elastic half-plane.
The solution is obtained by comparing the expression for the perturbed boundary condition including frictional heating with that for purely static loading, already solved by Yeo and Barber (1995). The critical sliding speed is obtained as a function of the temperature difference imposed between the wall and the free end.
In most cases, frictional heating tends to destabilize the system. However, for certain forms of the resistance-pressure law, the opposite conclusion is reached and the system can be stable for all sliding speeds.

PDF ciav_04e.pdf - Accepted Manuscript
Download (890kB)

More information

Published date: 2005
Keywords: thermal contact resistance, tei, hot spotting


Local EPrints ID: 23264
ISSN: 0997-7538
PURE UUID: 51d826e8-97be-441d-b7e4-486f839350cb

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 15 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:18

Export record



Author: M. Ciavarella
Author: J.R. Barber

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.