A gas-surface interaction model for spatial and time-dependent friction coefficient in reciprocating contacts: Applications to near-frictionless carbon Academic Article uri icon


  • A closed-form time- and position-dependent model for coverage, based on the adsorption of environmental contaminants and their removal through the pin contact, is developed for reciprocating contacts. The model employs an adsorption fraction and removal ratio to formulate a series expression for the entering coverage at any cycle and location on the wear track. A closed-form solution to the series expression is presented and compared to other coverage models developed for steady-state coverage for pin-on-disk contacts, reciprocating contacts, or the time-dependent center-point model for reciprocating contacts. The friction coefficient is based on the average coverage under the pin contact. The model is compared to position- and time-dependent data collected on near-frictionless carbon self-mated contacts on a reciprocating tribometer in a nitrogen atmosphere. There are many similarities between the model curves and the data, both in magnitude and trends. No new curve fitting was performed in this paper, with all needed parameters coming from previous models of average friction coefficient behavior.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Dickrell, P. L., Sawyer, W. G., Heimberg, J. A., Singer, I. L., Wahl, K. J., & Erdemir, A.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Dickrell, PL||Sawyer, WG||Heimberg, JA||Singer, IL||Wahl, KJ||Erdemir, A

publication date

  • January 2005