Determination of a stochastic friction coefficient depending on a randomly rough surface



The goal of this contribution is to calculate the the friction coefficient for a scanned surface of a worn brake pad. The data shows that the asperities can be approximated by paraboloids which allows to calculate the contact force and area with the Hertz contact model if the deformation is elastic. The friction force is calculated with the Bowden-Tabor approach which suggests that the friction force is the force to shear apart contacting asperities. This is considered to be the dominant friction cause in dry contact. To generate many surfaces with similar peak statistics the spectral decomposition is used. The friction coefficient and it's stochastic properties is calculated for these surfaces. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)