The breakdown of continuum models for mechanical contacts

@article{Luan2005TheBO,
  title={The breakdown of continuum models for mechanical contacts},
  author={Binquan Luan and Mark O. Robbins},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={435},
  pages={929-932}
}
Forces acting within the area of atomic contact between surfaces play a central role in friction and adhesion. Such forces are traditionally calculated using continuum contact mechanics, which is known to break down as the contact radius approaches atomic dimensions. Yet contact mechanics is being applied at ever smaller lengths, driven by interest in shrinking devices to nanometre scales, creating nanostructured materials with optimized mechanical properties, and understanding the molecular… CONTINUE READING
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