Thermal effects versus viscoelasticity in ice-rubber friction mechanisms

S. Hemette, J. Cayer-Barrioz, D. Mazuyer

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This work presents an experimental analysis of the friction response of an ice-rubber interface over five decades of sliding velocity and temperature down to − 20 C, combining in-situ contact visualisation and simultaneous force measurements. Viscoelastic properties of the rubber were varied in terms of glassy temperature transition and elastic modulus. Based on the in-situ contact area measurements, the adhesive and viscoelastic contributions were identified. Even though a bell-shape friction-velocity curve was observed, the classical WLF transform did not allow a description of the friction behaviour. A simple analytical model accounting for the thermal dissipation induced by friction was thus proposed and a dimensionless master curve was obtained with the sliding velocity, regardless of the temperature and the material properties. From this master curve, a predictive friction model was proposed, in which both friction contributions, adhesion-viscoelasticity and thermal dissipation, were multiplicative rather than simply additive.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107129
JournalTribology International
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct


  • Adhesion
  • Cold environment
  • Elastomer
  • JKR
  • Modelling
  • Sliding friction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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