Nonlinear hysteretic behavior of a confined sliding layer

@article{Manini2008NonlinearHB,
  title={Nonlinear hysteretic behavior of a confined sliding layer},
  author={Nicola Manini and Giuseppe E. Santoro and Erio Tosatti and Andrea Vanossi},
  journal={Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter},
  year={2008},
  volume={20},
  pages={224020}
}
A nonlinear model representing the tribological problem of a thin solid lubricant layer between two sliding periodic surfaces is used to analyze the phenomenon of hysteresis at pinning/depinning around a moving state rather than around a statically pinned state. The cycling of an external driving force F ext is used as a simple means to destroy and then to recover the dynamically pinned state previously discovered for the lubricant center-of-mass velocity. Depinning to a quasi-freely sliding… 
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