, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 143–155 | Cite as

Adhesion and surface forces in polymer tribology—A review

  • Nikolai Myshkin
  • Alexander Kovalev
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Review Article


Polymer tribology is a fast growing area owing to increasing applications of polymers and polymer composites in industry, transportation, and many other areas of economy. Surface forces are very important for polymer contact, but the real origin of such forces has not been fully investigated. Strong adhesive interaction between polymers leads to an increase in the friction force, and hence, the asperities of the material may be removed to form wear particles or transfer layers on the counterface. The theory of polymer adhesion has not been completely elucidated yet and several models of adhesion have been proposed from the physical or chemical standpoints. This paper is focused on the research efforts on polymer adhesion with emphasis on adhesion mechanisms, which are very important in the analysis of polymer friction and wear.


friction dynamics joint clearance numerical models impact durability 



This work was partially supported by the grant of State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs and Ministry of Education of China No. DL2017QHDX001 and by the joint grant No. T16R-054 of Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research and Russian Foundation for Basic Research.


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  1. 1.Metal-Polymer Research Institute of Belarus National Academy of SciencesGomelBelarus
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of TribologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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