About this Research Topic
Friction that occurs on moving surfaces has a significant effect on the contact behavior of interacting bodies in engineering, natural, and biological structures.
The tangential stresses, caused by friction and acting on the surfaces of the elements, affects the near-surface stress state of the material and its contact strength.
Various tribological phenomena with multiphysical nature, such as wear, frictional heating, instabilities and vibrations in friction contact, formation of the "third body" on the contact interface, etc., are related to friction.
Contact stresses and displacements that occur in sliding living tissues, soft materials and elastomers, as well as sliding systems composed of smart materials with electro-elastic and/or magneto-elastic coupling, are especially sensitive to friction.
This Research Topic will focus on new investigations and main accomplishments in contact mechanics of sliding deformable bodies, taking into account friction, friction-caused interface tribological effects in the presence of coupled fields. The frictional contact of anisotropic, functionally graded, multiphasic, layered and coated materials, as well as materials with textured surfaces and conforming surfaces, is of interest for this Research Topic. Special attention will be paid to modern analytical and numerical methods for solving frictional contact problems.
The themes covered include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Frictional contact between rough bodies
• Wear analysis of sliding bodies
• Thermoelastic contact of bodies with frictional heat generation
• Frictionally excited thermoelastic instability
• Frictional contact problems for electro-elastic and magneto-electro-elastic materials
• Partial slip evolution in frictional contacts and fretting wear contact problems
• Sliding frictional contact of soft materials and elastomers
• Friction of conformal contacting surfaces
• Sliding of elastic and viscoelastic bodies with wavy surfaces or regular surface relief
• Coupled adhesion and friction
Keywords: Contact Mechanics and Tribology, Friction, Wear, Frictional Heat Generation, Multi-Field Problems
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