A catastrophe theory description of stick-slip motion in sliding

Barney E. Klamecki

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Stick-slip motion is analyzed by studying structural changes in the mathematical model describing sliding friction. The sliding system is assumed to operate in a way which minimizes energy input to the system. For an exponential dependence of friction force on sliding velocity, the system sliding behavior is multivalued for some ranges of values of the system parameters. The effect of different parameter values on system behavior is illustrated and results of this investigation are compared with a published steady sliding criterion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 1985

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