Research Area A
Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT – Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies
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Project: Simulation of Instabilities in the Adhesive Contact of Rough Elastic Bodies
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka
Very sticky rough surfaces separate in an intermittent fashion: parts of the contacting area break off. These instabilities lead to adhesion hysteresis and friction and may play a role in contact charging. My simulations of contact mechanics complement the experimental investigations of Qiwei Hu and Ravi Divakar to correlate mechanics and charge transfer at the microscale.