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Friction: From elementary mechanisms to macroscopic behavior

German-Russian Workshop

held October 16-17, 2012 at
Technische Universität Berlin
“Now that Higgs' boson has been discovered, that leaves friction as the last great  mystery...”   (from personal correspondence)


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Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov and Prof. Dr. Sergey Psakhie

In the last decade, there have been many attempts to "fill in the gap" between macro- and nano-tribology. An honest estimation of the success of the up-to-date attempts might be very moderate.  
The aim of the workshop is to bring together specialists both in nano- and macro-tribology as well as multi-scale simulation methods and to discuss possibilities of integrating the information obtained on different scales into one system. More generally, it deals with the development of information technology, which allows for the generalization and recomposition of particular models on individual scales of observation. In particular, the possibilities of formulating new, more elaborate friction concepts better than the Coulomb friction "law" will be discussed.

  • Atomic friction and wear
  • Mixed lubrication and boundary lubrication
  • Contact mechanics with adhesion
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Contact mechanics of real surfaces with measured topography
  • Numerical methods for calculating contact properties
  • Method of reduction of dimensionality
  • Generalized laws of friction
  • Further related topics  

Call for papers  
If you are interested in the participation, please submit an abstract in English not later than  September 15, 2012 (preferably by e-mail).
Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov      
Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Mechanics, Sekr. C8-4
Str. des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin
Tel: +49 (30) 314 21 480
Fax.: +49 (30) 314 72 575
E-mail: v.popov@tu-berlin.de

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