Friction on the mesoscale: Master Equation approach

14/05/2009, 14:15

Professor Oleg M. Braun, Institute of Physics NASU, Kiev (Ukraine)

Kinetics of an earthquake-like model with a distribution of static thresholds is reduced to a master equation which may be considered analytically. This approach naturally describes stick-slip and smooth sliding regimes of tribological systems within a framework which separates the calculation of the friction force from the studies of the properties of the contacts.