Finite element modelling of frictional thermomechanical rolling/sliding contact using an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian formulation
Journal article, 2015

A theoretical and computational framework for the analysis of thermomechanically coupled, frictional, stationary (steady-state) rolling contact based on an Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) kinematical description is presented. The finite element method is employed in a numerical implementation featuring two-dimensional cylinder-plate rolling contact, with a contact formulation incorporating mechanical and thermal frictional interaction. The ALE formulation is noted to allow for linearization of the governing equations, localized mesh refinement, a time-independent description of stationary dynamics, velocity-independent contact interface modelling and so on. Numerical simulations show the model to be able to capture, for example, stick/slip behaviour and a range of thermal phenomena, including the effect of convective cooling of the cylinder due to the contact with the plate.

finite element method

Thermomechanical analysis

arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian

partial slip

rolling contact



Andreas Draganis

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics

Fredrik Larsson

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Material and Computational Mechanics

Anders Ekberg


Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology

1350-6501 (ISSN)

Vol. 229 7 870-880

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering



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