A soft configuration model for wearless sliding friction

Alexander L. Burin*, Alexander Z. Patashinskii, Mark A. Ratner

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A phenomenological model of soft potential configurations is proposed to describe sliding friction in the wearless regime. This model accounts for the static and dynamic behavior. The physical origin of the logarithmic speed or time dependence for the friction coefficient is described. Means to control the friction coefficient by controlling the soft defect density are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-111
Number of pages3
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Dissipation
  • Double well systems
  • Sliding friction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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