In this paper, A 3-D elasto-plastic contact problem in bearings is studied by Finite Element Method (FEM). A computer program has been developed for this purpose. A trial-error method is employed to cope with the geometrical nonlinearity and a tangential stiffness method is employed to tackle the material nonlinearity appeared in elasto-plastic contact problems. A frictionless contact problem of roller bearings is analysed, the result reveals that in 3-D elasto-plastic state the trend of the contact surface pressure distribution is similar to Hertz problem’s but flater.

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