On the role of scales in elastomer friction

Valentin Leonidovich Popov, Sergey Psakhie, Mikhail Popov

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The paper is devoted to a general analysis of friction of elastomers from the point of view of scales contributing to the force of friction. We argue that-contrary to the wide spread opinion-elastomer friction is not a multiscale phenomenon, but is governed mostly by the interplay of only two scales-the largest and the smallest scales of roughness of the contacting bodies. This is illustrated by analyzing the main ideas of the theory of elastomer friction based on the paradigm of Greenwood, Tabor and Grosch. The same conclusions can be obtained from the widely used contact theory proposed by Persson.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780735412606
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventInternational Conference on Physical Mesomechanics of Multilevel Systems 2014 - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 Sep 20145 Sep 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Physical Mesomechanics of Multilevel Systems 2014
CountryRussian Federation


  • Elastomers
  • Fractal surfaces
  • Friction
  • Macroscale
  • Microscale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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