Tribology Letters

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 41–48 | Cite as

Contact Mechanics of Laser-Textured Surfaces

Correlating Contact Area and Friction
  • Nikolay Prodanov
  • Carsten Gachot
  • Andreas Rosenkranz
  • Frank Mücklich
  • Martin H. Müser
Original Paper

Abstract

We study numerically the contact mechanics of a flat and a curved solid. Each solid bears laser-induced, periodic grooves on its rubbing surface. Our surface topographies produce a similar load and resolution dependence of the true contact area as nominally flat, but randomly rough, self-affine surfaces. However, the contact area of laser-textured solids depends on their relative orientation. The estimated true contact areas correlate with kinetic friction measurements.

Keywords

Contact mechanics Friction Material treatment effects 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay Prodanov
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carsten Gachot
    • 1
  • Andreas Rosenkranz
    • 1
  • Frank Mücklich
    • 1
  • Martin H. Müser
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  2. 2.Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Institute for Advanced Simulation, FZ JülichJülichGermany

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