Scale Effects and the Molecular Origins of Tribological Behavior

  • Gang He
  • Mark O. Robbins


There has been a great deal of progress in probing the molecular origins of friction in recent years. New experimental tools such as the surface force apparatus,1, 2, 3 quartz microbalance,4 scanning probe microscopy,5, 6 and other methods,7, 8, 9 allow measurements with controlled chemistry and, in some cases, geometry. At the same time, tremendous increases in computer power have allowed increasingly sophisticated models of these ideal systems.10, 11


Shear Rate Static Friction Continuum Theory Tribological Behavior Pair Correlation Function 
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  • Gang He
    • 1
  • Mark O. Robbins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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