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Active control of friction by vibrations and ultrasonic actuators: Simulation methods and applications

German-Russian Workshop 2012

held September 6-8, 2012 at

Moscow National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" and  
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology


Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov, Prof. Dr. Sergey Psakhie and Prof. Dr. Evgeny Levashov

The workshop will take place at the National University of Science and  Technology "MISIS" in Moscow and at the  Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in the Innovation area "Skolkovo" near Moscow. 

Vibrations of varying frequency and amplitude are used in many technological areas to control and reduce friction as  well as to produce and to control directed motion. In particular, most types of actuators on the micro and nano scale  are based on the interplay of friction and vibrations. The knowledge of the correct frictional law is an important pre-requisite of correct understanding and simulation of such devices. Methods of simulation of dynamic tangential contacts and friction in the presence of oscillations as well as the formulation of advanced friction laws with applications on various scales from macro to nano will, therefore, be at the center of the Workshop. 


  • Active control of friction by oscillations (experiment and theory)
  • Contact mechanics of rough surfaces (including adhesion)
  • Simulation of dynamic tangential contacts
  • Method of reduction of dimensionality
  • Shakedown and creep in frictional joints in the presence of vibrations
  • Micro- and nano-motors and actuators
  • Tribocoatings

Meeting with representatives of industry
In the frame of the workshop, a meeting with representatives of big industrial companies of Russia will take place: 

  • Russian Railways
  • S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
  • Petroleum companies
  • AVTODOR Russian highways
  • Other companies of mechanical engineering

The meeting will take place on September 8, 2012 at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Call for papers 
If you are interested in participation, please submit an abstract in English not later than August 3, 2012 (preferably by e-mail).



To register for this workshop, please fill out the registration form and send it back to the organizers.


Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov     
TU 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
E-mail1: Sekr.C84@tu-berlin.de
www.friction-physics.de www.reibungsphysik.de

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