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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 32 (2002), Issue 7, Pages 411-437

Existence for viscoplastic contact with Coulomb friction problems

Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Laboratoire de Mathématiques J.A. Dieudonné, UMR 66 21 du CNRS, Parc Valrose, Nice Cedex 2 06108, France

Received 19 October 2001

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We present existence results in the study of nonlinear problem of frictional contact between an elastic-viscoplastic body and a rigid obstacle. We model the frictional contact both by a Tresca's friction law and a regularized Coulomb's law. We assume, in a first part, that the contact is bilateral and that no separation takes place. In a second part, we consider the Signorini unilateral contact conditions. Proofs are based on a time-discretization method, Banach and Schauder fixed point theorems.