Contact of Rough Surfaces

  • J. R. BarberEmail author
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 250)


The historical development of the study of rough surface contact is intimately connected with attempts to explain Coulomb’s law of friction, in particular, the observation that the tangential force F required to cause sliding is approximately proportional to the applied normal force N and largely independent of the nominal contact area in a wide variety of situations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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