Contact Mechanics and Friction

Physical Principles and Applications

  • Valentin L. Popov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  18. Back Matter
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About this book


This application-oriented book introduces the associations between contact mechanics and friction and with it offers a deeper understanding of tribology. It deals with the associated phenomena of contact, adhesion, capillary forces, friction, lubrication, and wear from one consistent viewpoint. The author goes into (1) methods of rough estimation of tribological quantities, (2) methods for analytical calculations which attempt to minimize the necessary complexity, (3) the crossover into numerical simulation methods. With these methods the author conveys a consistent view of tribological processes in various scales of magnitude (from nanotribology to earthquake research).

Also, system dynamic aspects of tribological systems, such as squeal and its suppression as well as other types of instabilities and spatial patterns are investigated.

This book contains problems and worked solutions for individual chapters in which the reader can apply the theory to practical situations and deepen the understanding of the material.


Adhesion Capillary forces Contact Electrical Contacts Fractal surfaces Frictional instab Lubrication Nanotribology Numerical simulation methods Rolling contact Rubber friction Seals Wear mechanics simulation

Authors and affiliations

  • Valentin L. Popov
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  1. 1.Berlin University of Technology, Institute of MechanicsBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-10802-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-10803-7
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