Solid Mechanics

Faculty of Engineering, LTH

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Contact Mechanics, FHL015F

Credits: 7.5 . Responsible teacher: Ralf Denzer

Prerequisites: Nonlinear Continuum Mechanics and Nonlinear Finite Elements

Examination Format: Oral exam

Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge on an up-to-date treatment of different formulations, algorithms and discretization techniques in contact mechanics.


  1. Continuum mechanics background which includes the derivation of the contact constraints
  2. Strong form, weak form
  3. discretization of the contact problem
  4. Solution techniques for systems of nonlinear equations with inequality constraints
  5. One-dimensional contact problems
  6. Two- and three-dimensional contact problems


Course Program


  • Wriggers, P.: Computational Contact Mechanics. Springer, 2006.
  • Laursen, Tod A.: Computational Contact and Impact Mechanics: Fundamentals of Modeling Interfacial Phenomena in Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis. Springer Science & Business Media, 2002.
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