Authors: Alexander Adam, Dominik Paulkowski, Bernd Mayer
This research paper is about investigating the mechanisms of elastomeric friction at low velocities. To do so, different experimental setups were performed to analyze friction, adhesion and surface energy among others. The tested materials were EPDM samples with variations in the carbon black content. It was found, that at least for low velocities, the real contact area has the main impact on the friction of elastomers. This contact area seems to be highly influenced by the hardness or other bulk properties of the elastomers, which are modified by the varying carbon black content.
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