Martin H. Müser

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In this work, single-asperity contact mechanics is investigated for positive and negative work of adhesion Δγ. In the latter case, finite-range repulsion acts in addition to hard-wall constraints. This constitutes a continuum model for a contact immersed in a strongly wetting fluid, which can only be squeezed out in the center of the contact through a(More)
Classically, rigid objects with elongated shapes can fit through apertures only when properly aligned. Quantum-mechanical particles which have internal structure (e.g. a diatomic molecule) also are affected during attempts to pass through small apertures, but there are interesting differences with classical structured particles. We illustrate here some of(More)
Solvated polymer brushes are well known to lubricate high-pressure contacts, because they can sustain a positive normal load while maintaining low friction at the interface. Nevertheless, these systems can be sensitive to wear due to interdigitation of the opposing brushes. In a recent publication, we have shown via molecular dynamics simulations and atomic(More)
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