E246C: Contact Mechanics

The course includes both analytical and numerical approaches in contact mechanics of both macroscopically smooth and microscopically rough surfaces and examines elastic and elastic-plastic deformation, adhesion, fracture, frictional heating, and electrical conduction of contact-mode devices found in various engineering applications. The main objective of the course is to provide participants with a solid background of contact problems encountered in various engineering fields and suitable solution strategies for enhancing the performance and increasing the longevity of thermo-electro-mechanical systems and biodevices with contact components and/or contact interfaces.