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Friction and Wear: From Elementary Mechanisms to Macroscopic Behavior


This free e-book is an intriguing attempt by world wide renowned scientists to bring together micro- and macro tribology. Individual contributions are by Jacqueline Krim, Jianbin Luo, Martin Müser, Martin Dienwiebel, Michael Moseler, Ken Nakano and others.

It is opened by a review "Controlling Friction With External Electric or Magnetic Fields: 25 Examples" by Jacqueline Krim. The review presents 25 examples of active control of friction from recent literature thus reminding us of the huge complexity of tribological phenomena. At the same time, it clearly shows that they can be understood and well controlled.

One of the most fundamental concepts discovered and analyzed in the last 25 years is the concept of superlubricity. In their paper "Macroscale Superlubricity Achieved With Various Liquid Molecules: A Review" Xiangyu Ge, Jinjin Li and Jianbin Luo discuss the advancements in liquid superlubricity at the macroscale.

Martin Müser combines the fundamental understanding of structural superlubricity with the advances of the contact mechanics of rough surfaces. He successfully links the scales and answers the question “Are There Limits to Superlubricity of Graphene in Hard, Rough Contacts?”

The experimental work "Investigation on Dynamic Response of Rubber in Frictional Contact" by Ken Nakano et. al. is a true puzzle showing that the sliding rubber contact reacts to oscillations as if it were sticking! Altogether, there are 10 Papers by world-renowned scientists in this collection.


Further development of the Flying V


On June 2, 2019, it was announced that the Flying V aircraft configuration of Justus Benad, an employee of the "Departement of System Dynamics and Friction Physics", will be further developed at TU Delft in a cooperation with KLM. This caused a lot of international media interest. more


Best paper award


Strength of adhesive contacts: Influence of contact geometry and material gradients

V.L. Popov, R. Pohrt, Q. Li
Friction, v. 5, Issue 3, pp. 308-325, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40544-017-0177-3

The above-mentioned Paper was awarded by the Springer journal "Friction" as "Best Research Paper 2017".

In 2018 Dr. Roman Pohrt has also been awarded a FEICA (Association of the European Adhesive and Sealant Industry) prize for this paper.

Focus already reported about the paper online: https://www.focus.de/wissen/experten/wunden-versorgen-klebt-und-tut-nicht-weh-so-sieht-das-perfekte-pflaster-aus_id_8737014.html

Also the "Tribonet" dedicated an article to the paper: http://www.tribonet.org/knowing-the-strenght-of-adhesion/


The 8-minute video created by Roman Pohrt and Juliane Wallendorf illustrates the main ideas of the paper:

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