Fourier methods of analysis are employed to develop linear viscoelastic stress and displacement solutions for use in contact problems, and then some exact results for contact area and the deformation component of the friction coefficient are derived for materials whose complex modulus obeys a power law in frequency. A model for predicting waves of detachment resulting from adhesion is proposed, and it is shown that an analogy exists whereby the solution method for sliding without adhesion can be used to predict these waves and the resulting frictional force.

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