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Title: Spherically isotropic, elastic spheres subject to diametral point load strength test
Authors: Chau, KT 
Wei, XX
Keywords: Displacement functions
Point load strength test
Spheres
Spherically isotropic
Stress analysis
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of solids and structures, 1999, v. 36, no. 29, p. 4473-4496 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of solids and structures 
Abstract: This paper presents an analytic solution for the stress concentrations within a spherically isotropic, elastic sphere of radius R subject to diametral point load strength test. The method of solution uses the displacement potential approach together with the Fourier-Legendre expansion for the boundary loads. For the case of isotropic sphere, our solution reduces to the solution by and agrees well with the published experimental observations by . A zone of higher tensile stress concentration is developed near the point loads, and the difference between this maximum tensile stress and the uniform tensile stress in the central part of the sphere increases with E/E′ (where E and E′ are the Youngs moduli governing axial deformations along directions parallel and normal to the planes of isotropy, respectively) , G′/G (where G and G′ are the moduli governing shear deformations in the planes of isotropy and the planes parallel to the radial direction) , and ν̄/ν′ (where ν̄ and ν′ are the Poissons ratios characterizing transverse reduction in the planes of isotropy under tension in the same plane and under radial tension, respectively) . This stress difference, in general, decreases with the size of loading area and the Poissons ratio.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18496
ISSN: 0020-7683
EISSN: 1879-2146
DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7683(98)00202-9
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