Orientation-dependent adhesion strength of a rigid cylinder in non-slipping contact with a transversely isotropic half-space

Haimin Yao, Shaohua Chen, Pradeep R. Guduru, Huajian Gao

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Recently, Chen and Gao [Chen, S., Gao, H., 2007. Bio-inspired mechanics of reversible adhesion: orientation-dependent adhesion strength for non-slipping adhesive contact with transversely isotropic elastic materials. J. Mech. Phys. solids 55, 1001-1015] studied the problem of a rigid cylinder in non-slipping adhesive contact with a transversely isotropic solid subjected to an inclined pulling force. An implicit assumption made in their study was that the contact region remains symmetric with respect to the center of the cylinder. This assumption is, however, not self-consistent because the resulting energy release rates at two contact edges, which are supposed to be identical, actually differ from each other. Here we revisit the original problem of Chen and Gao and derive the correct solution by removing this problematic assumption. The corrected solution provides a proper insight into the concept of orientation-dependent adhesion strength in anisotropic elastic solids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1175
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion strength
  • Anisotropy
  • Barnett-Lothe tensors
  • Contact mechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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