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June 16th, 2005

Nanoscale friction proves a sticking point

Abstract:
Conventionally, researchers have used continuum contact mechanics to model friction and adhesion between surfaces. But it hasn't been clear how accurate the models are at an extremely small scale. Now researchers from John Hopkins University, US, have calculated that atomic-scale surface roughness is likely to alter friction by an order of magnitude.

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