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Mechanics of adhesive contacts: Experiment and theory

Lyashenko, Iakov A.; Popov, Valentin L.

Adhesive contacts between steel indenters and a layer of soft transparent rubber have been studied experimentally and numerically. Experiments were carried out using a setup allowing for slow exact positioning of the indenter in both normal and tangential direction and observing the contact area with a camera placed under the rubber layer. Indentation of flat-ended cylindrical punches showed that Boundary Element simulations very accurately describe experimental results. Changing velocity allowed determining the importance of viscoelastic effects on the adhesive contact.
Published in: AIP Conference Proceedings, 10.1063/1.5132068, American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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