Sliding friction across a thin soft lubricant film typically occurs by stick slip, the lubricant fully solidifying at stick, yielding and flowing at slip. The static friction force per unit area preceding slip is known from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to decrease with increasing contact area. That makes the large-size fate of stick slip unclear and unknown; its possible vanishing is important as it would herald smooth sliding with a dramatic drop of kinetic friction at large size. Here we formulate a scaling law of the static friction force, which for a soft lubricant is predicted to decrease as fm + Delta f/A^gamma for increasing contact area A, with gamma > 0. Our main finding is that the value of fm , controlling the survival of stick slip at large size, can be evaluated by simulations of comparably small size. MD simulations of soft lubricant sliding are presented, which verify this theory.
|Titolo:||Size scaling of static friction|
MANINI, NICOLA (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||feb-2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.085503|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|