Extracting Summit Roughness Parameters From Random Gaussian Surfaces Accounting for Asymmetry of the Summit Heights Academic Article uri icon


  • The random Gaussian surface model proposed by Nayak is important to many statistical summit-based microcontact models. A Gaussian distribution is usually assumed for the summit heights as many surfaces have a Gaussian distribution of surface heights. In this work, based on Nayak's model, the skewness and kurtosis of the summit-height distribution are derived as a function of the bandwidth parameter α. The correctness of these two equations is verified using a numerical scheme that generates random Gaussian surfaces with various α values. Also, practical contact simulations are performed to demonstrate the significance of the proposed equations and also to show the error of using a Gaussian distribution versus a correct asymmetric distribution for the summit heights. Copyright © 2004 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, N., & Polycarpou, A. A.

citation count

  • 21

publication date

  • October 2004