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 Section 7.4: Multiphasic Contact Up Section 7.4: Multiphasic Contact Subsection 7.4.2: Gap Function 

7.4.1 Contact Integral

See Section 2.7↑ for a review of multiphasic materials. The contact interface is defined between surfaces and . Due to continuity requirements on the traction and fluxes, the external virtual work resulting from contact tractions , solvent fluxes and solute fluxes for solute ( , may be combined into the contact integral In the current implementation, only frictionless contact is taken into consideration, so that the contact traction has only a normal component, . To evaluate and linearize , define the covariant basis vectors on each surface as where represents the spatial position of points on , and represent the parametric coordinates of that point. The unit outward normal on each surface is then given by Now the contact integral may be rewritten as and the linearization of has the form
 Section 7.4: Multiphasic Contact Up Section 7.4: Multiphasic Contact Subsection 7.4.2: Gap Function