Special Issue "Numerical Simulation of Static and Dynamic Friction"


A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jeffrey L. Streator
G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0405, USA
Website: http://www.me.gatech.edu/faculty/streator
E-Mail: jeffrey.streator@me.gatech.edu
Phone: +1 404 894 2742
Fax: 1 404 385 8535
Interests: contact mechanics; capillarity; thin film flows; friction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the more challenging problems in the field of tribology is also one of the most fundamental: how to model the sliding process. A simple macroscopic perspective assigns static and kinetic friction coefficients to the interface of contacting bodies and uses these two constants to predict sliding behavior, including the forces required to initiate slip, as well as the forces that arise during slip. However, this perspective obscures the myriad of small-scale interactions that ultimately give rise to the macroscopically observed coefficients of friction. Moreover, our lack of a detailed understanding of frictional interactions limits our ability to design systems that effectively utilize friction and/or mitigate the negative effects of sliding (such as wear and noise). Papers are solicited that provide numerical simulations of one body sliding over another body or, alternatively, that model resistance to sliding (i.e., static friction). Such papers may consider interactions occurring over one or more length scales, which can range from the atomic-level to geologic dimensions. Of particular interest are papers that integrate local interactions to predict global behavior and that incorporate one or more of the following features: surface topography, elastic deformation, plastic deformation, adhesion, intermolecular forces, elastic vibrations, and stick-slip behavior.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Streator
Guest Editor


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  • sliding
  • friction
  • static friction
  • kinetic friction
  • numerical simulation

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Lubricants 2015, 3(2), 311-331; doi:10.3390/lubricants3020311
Received: 14 October 2014 / Revised: 8 December 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2015 / Published: 16 April 2015
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Lubricants 2015, 3(2), 113-131; doi:10.3390/lubricants3020113
Received: 22 December 2014 / Revised: 13 February 2015 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 2 April 2015
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