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Biological Micro- and Nanotribology

Nature’s Solutions

  • Matthias Scherge
  • Stanislav S. Gorb

Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Basics and Physical Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 3-5
    3. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 7-76
  3. Biological Friction Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 79-127
    3. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 129-150
  4. Test Equipment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 153-178
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      Pages 179-192
    4. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 193-221
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 222-222
    2. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 225-229
    3. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 231-242
    4. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 243-249
    5. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 251-254
    6. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 255-256
  6. Appendix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 259-260
    3. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 261-263
    4. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 265-272
    5. Matthias Scherge, Stanislav S. Gorb
      Pages 273-276
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-305

About this book

Introduction

Many of the major challenges facing today's engineering science are related to miniaturization. In this field, vital progress can be made by studying Nature's solutions: Insects and other living creatures have solved many of the same problems during their evolution. Biological micro- and nanotribology aims to gather information about friction, adhesion and wear in such biological systems and to exploit this new knowledge, e.g. in the design of micro-electro- mechanical systems, the development of novel types of monolayer lubrication, the invention of new adhesives, and the construction of artificial joints. By employing a combination of approaches from several disciplines -- physics, engineering, tribology, biology, and materials science -- the authors elucidate the principles of a variety of biomechanical systems that rely on frictional surfaces or adhesive secretions to attach parts of the body to one another or to attach organisms to a substrate. This account provides an excellent starting point for engineers and physicists working with biological systems and for biologists studying friction and adhesion. It will also serve as a valuable introduction for graduate students entering this interdisciplinary field of research.

Keywords

Microbiology biochemanics biological surfaces frictional systems mechanics microscopy preparation

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthias Scherge
    • 1
  • Stanislav S. Gorb
    • 2
  1. 1.Basic and Tribology ResearchIAVF Antriebstechnik AGKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Biologische Mikrotribologie GruppeMPI für EntwicklungsbiologieTübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-04431-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07440-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04431-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1434-4904
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7127
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