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Lubricants 2018, 6(2), 38;

Simple Prediction Method for Rubber Adhesive Friction by the Combining Friction Test and FE Analysis

Division of Systems Research, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Yokohama 240-8501, Japan
Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Aichi 466-8555, Japan
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Received: 7 March 2018 / Revised: 16 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 18 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computer Simulation in Tribology and Friction)
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In the design and development of rubber products, it is important to evaluate the contact load dependency of the friction coefficient. In particular, since the pressure distribution varies depending on the dimensions of sliding bodies and the pattern of the contact surface, a simplified and accurate evaluation method that can take these influences into account is desired. In this study, we proposed a prediction method for the adhesive friction between rubber specimens of arbitrary shapes with arbitrary roughness and a smooth hard surface, by combining the: (1) friction theory considering the influence of roughness; (2) basic friction test; and (3) finite element analysis. Further, we verified the effectiveness of the proposed method by comparing the predicted results with the measurement results of friction between a hemispherical PDMS specimen and a PMMA flat plate and between a PDMS block specimen with a grooved surface and a flat prism. Results show that the prediction accuracy of the contact load dependency of the friction coefficient is reasonably good. View Full-Text
Keywords: adhesive friction; real contact area; roughness; load dependency; FEM adhesive friction; real contact area; roughness; load dependency; FEM

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Ozaki, S.; Mieda, K.; Matsuura, T.; Maegawa, S. Simple Prediction Method for Rubber Adhesive Friction by the Combining Friction Test and FE Analysis. Lubricants 2018, 6, 38.

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