Control of friction by shear induced phase transitions

O. K. Dudko, A. E. Filippov, J. Klafter, M. Urbakh

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Controlling frictional behavior can be made possible when relationships are established between the macroscopic frictional response and the microscopic properties of sheared molecular systems. Here an approach is suggested for modifying the frictional response through shear induced phase transitions in a mixed lubricant monolayer of a base solvent and an additive. The solvent-additive intermolecular interaction and relative concentration are shown to be the major parameters in determining the friction force magnitude and the nature of the response (stick-slip or sliding).

Original languageEnglish
Article number094114
Pages (from-to)941141-941144
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2002


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