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The contact mechanics challenge: tribology meets soft matter

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Abstract

In the fall of 2015, Martin Müser suggested a Contact Mechanics Challenge for the Tribology community. The challenge was an ambitious effort to compare a wide variety of theoretical and computational contact-mechanics approaches, and involved researchers voluntarily tackling the same hypothetical contact problem. The result is an impressive collection of innovative approaches – including a surprise experimental effort – that highlight the continuing importance of surface contact mechanics and the challenges of solving these large-scale problems. Here, we describe how the Contact Mechanics Challenge also reveals exciting opportunities for the Soft Matter community to engage intensely with classical and emerging problems in tribology, surface science, and contact mechanics.

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The article was received on 21 Apr 2018, accepted on 22 Jun 2018 and first published on 25 Jun 2018


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00823J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 5706-5709
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    The contact mechanics challenge: tribology meets soft matter

    R. W. Style, B. A. Krick, K. E. Jensen and W. G. Sawyer, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 5706
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00823J

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