Abstract: We consider the Robin Hood model of dry friction to study entropy transfer during sliding. For the polished surface (steady state) we study the probability distribution of slips and find an exponential behavior for all the physically relevant asperity interaction-distance thresholds. In addition, we characterize the time evolution of the sample by its spatial fractal dimension and by its entropy content. Starting from an unpolished surface, the entropy decreases during the Robin Hood process, until it reaches a plateau; thereafter the system fluctuates above the critical height. This validates the notion that friction increases information in the neighborhood of the contacting surface at the expense of losing information in remote regions. We explain the practical relevance of these results for engineering surface processing such as honing.
Keywords: self-organization; entropy production; friction
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Fleurquin, P.; Fort, H.; Kornbluth, M.; Sandler, R.; Segall, M.; Zypman, F. Negentropy Generation and Fractality in the Dry Friction of Polished Surfaces. Entropy 2010, 12, 480-489.
Fleurquin P, Fort H, Kornbluth M, Sandler R, Segall M, Zypman F. Negentropy Generation and Fractality in the Dry Friction of Polished Surfaces. Entropy. 2010; 12(3):480-489.
Fleurquin, Pablo; Fort, Hugo; Kornbluth, Mordechai; Sandler, Roman; Segall, Mordecai; Zypman, Fredy. 2010. "Negentropy Generation and Fractality in the Dry Friction of Polished Surfaces." Entropy 12, no. 3: 480-489.