Does the magnitude or range of interaction of a force affect which layer dominates the mechanical response of a multilayered structure? |

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Suppose I person a two-layered material, pinch a stiff and bladed outer furniture (high E) and a soft (low E) and heavy soul layer.

Intuitively, it feels for illustration nan effect of short-ranged forces (e.g., van der Waals aliases electrostatic) aliases mini forces would beryllium mostly restricted to nan outermost layer, while nan effect of longer-ranged forces (e.g., gravity) aliases larger forces would beryllium seen by nan softer furniture underneath too. Is this intuition correct - i.e., does nan unit relationship range, aliases magnitude, aliases both, impact which layers predominate nan mechanical consequence (contact radius/deflection etc.) successful a bilayered structure?