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Keywords:

  • Biomimetics;
  • Polymers;
  • Sliding;
  • Stick-slip;
  • Lubrication
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Hexagonal micropattern mimicking the attachment pads of bush crickets is reported to control dry and wet elastomer friction. This micropattern eliminates completely the stick–slip disturbances when in dry conditions, and prevents hydroplaning when in wet conditions, rendering the surface behavior stable and predictable.