A continuum overview of contact and lubrication

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A surface pair under contact and relative motion with or without lubrication forms a tribological interface. Such an interface is found in nearly all types of machines. Contact and relative motion of surfaces make friction and wear inevitable. Theories of contact and lubrication are essential to understanding phenomena related to friction and wear and to developing energy-efficient, robust tribological interfaces. This chapter presents an overview of the fundamentals of contact and lubrication theories together with examples of recent progress in lubrication theory inspired by advances in contact simulation. Challenges and opportunities are also briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicro- and Nanoscale Phenomena in Tribology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781439839232
ISBN (Print)9781138072350
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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