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Contact Distribution Encodes Frictional Strength

  title={Contact Distribution Encodes Frictional Strength},
  author={Sam Dillavou and Yohai Bar Sinai and Michael P. Brenner and Shmuel M. Rubinstein},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
The static friction coefficient, $\mu$, is a central quantity in modeling mechanical phenomena. However, experiments show that it is highly variable, even for a single interface under carefully controlled experimental conditions. Traditionally, this inconsistency is attributed to fluctuations in the real area of contact between samples, $A_R$. In this work, we perform a variety of experimental protocols on three pairs of solid blocks while imaging the contact interface and measuring $\mu… 

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