We propose a semi-analytic solution technique to determine the subsurface stresses and local deflections resulting in an adhesive contact of graded elastic layers. Identical pressure distributions, typical for a Maugis parameter λ = 1, were applied to a range of graded elastic coatings. The principal stresses and surface deflection in both regions (graded elastic layer and substrate) are computed in terms of Fourier series. This control case has the advantage that the response of different coatings can be easily monitored and compared.

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