Transient solution of the unperturbed thermoelastic contact problem

Abdullah M. Al-Shabibi, James R. Barber

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Automotive brake and clutch systems experience temperature and contact pressure variation due to frictional heat generation. Due to geometrical complexity and the coupled thermo-mechanical nature of this class of problems, direct finite element simulation is found to be computer-intensive. This paper explores a more time-efficient method that can be used to obtain the transient solution for the unperturbed clutch and brake system based on an eigenfunction expansion and a particular solution. An approximate solution can also be sought based on the same method in which only a subset of the eigenfunctions are used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-243
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Thermal Stresses
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Brake
  • Clutch
  • Contact problem
  • Thermo-elastic instability
  • Transient problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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