Utilization of moiré interferometry to study the strain distribution within multi-layer thermoplastic elastomers.

Abstract

The use of soft elastomeric cushion form bearings as an alternative material to ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been proposed in the literature as providing enhanced lubrication and lower friction. However, the abrupt change in stiffness between the bearing's soft contact layer and its rigid support substrate results in high shear… (More)

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