### A boundary element method for Signorini problems in three dimensions.

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We consider a class of evolutionary variational inequalities depending on a parameter, the so-called viscosity. We recall existence and uniqueness results, both in the viscous and inviscid case. Then we prove that the solution of the inequality involving viscosity converges to the solution of the corresponding inviscid problem as the viscosity converges to zero. Finally, we apply these abstract results in the study of two antiplane quasistatic frictional contact problems with viscoelastic and elastic...

In questo lavoro sono dati alcuni modelli matematici per il problema di contatto tra una membrana ed un suolo od ostacolo elastico. Viene costruita una approssimazione lineare a tratti della soluzione e, tramite una disequazione variazionale discreta, se ne dà il corrispondente teorema di convergenza.

The paper deals with an iterative method for numerical solving frictionless contact problems for two elastic bodies. Each iterative step consists of a Dirichlet problem for the one body, a contact problem for the other one and two Neumann problems to coordinate contact stresses. Convergence is proved by the Banach fixed point theorem in both continuous and discrete case. Numerical experiments indicate scalability of the algorithm for some choices of the relaxation parameter.

We consider a dynamic frictionless contact problem for a viscoelastic material with damage. The contact is modeled with normal compliance condition. The adhesion of the contact surfaces is considered and is modeled with a surface variable, the bonding field, whose evolution is described by a first order differential equation. We establish a variational formulation for the problem and prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution. The proofs are based on the theory of evolution equations with...

From the fundamental laws of elasticity, we write a model for the contact between two membranes and we perform the analysis of the corresponding system of variational inequalities. We propose a finite element discretization of this problem and prove its well-posedness. We also establish a priori and a posteriori error estimates.

We consider a quasistatic contact problem for an electro-viscoelastic body. The contact is frictional and bilateral with a moving rigid foundation which results in the wear of the contacting surface. The damage of the material caused by elastic deformation is taken into account, its evolution is described by an inclusion of parabolic type. We present a weak formulation for the model and establish existence and uniqueness results. The proofs are based on classical results for elliptic variational...

This article is devoted to the presentation of a new contact algorithm for bodies undergoing finite deformations. We only address the kinematic aspect of the contact problem, that is the numerical treatment of the non-intersection constraint. In consequence, mechanical aspects like friction, adhesion or wear are not investigated and we restrict our analysis to the simplest frictionless case. On the other hand, our method allows us to treat contacts and self-contacts, thin or non-thin structures...

We study a mathematical model for frictionless contact between an elastic-viscoplastic body and a foundation. We model the material with a general elastic-viscoplastic constitutive law with internal state variable and the contact with a normal compliance condition. We derive a variational formulation of the model. We establish existence and uniqueness of a weak solution, using general results on first order nonlinear evolution equations with monotone operators and fixed point arguments. Finally,...

We consider a mathematical model which describes the static frictional contact between a piezoelectric body and an insulator foundation. We use a nonlinear electroelastic constitutive law to model the piezoelectric material and the normal compliance condition associated to a version of Coulomb's friction law to model the contact. We derive a variational formulation for the model which is in the form of a coupled system involving the displacement and the electric potential fields. Then we provide...

We consider a mathematical model which describes a contact problem between a deformable body and a foundation. The contact is bilateral and is modelled with Tresca's friction law in which adhesion is taken into account. The evolution of the bonding field is described by a first order differential equation and the material's behavior is modelled with a nonlinear viscoelastic constitutive law. We derive a variational formulation of the mechanical problem and prove the existence and uniqueness result...