Josefine Wilhayn, Iakov A. Lyashenko, Qiang Li, Valentin L. Popov

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Influence of tangential force on the adhesive contact, in particular on the adhesive strength and the contact area have been a subject of investigation and discussions for many years. Depending on the system under consideration, both increase and decrease of adhesion strength due to shearing of an adhesive contact have been reported. The same is valid for change of the contact area. While it is generally accepted that the contact area decreases when applying tangential traction, also opposite behaviour is possible. In the present paper we study theoretically and experimentally the conditions under which the contact area may increase or decrease due to shear.


Adhesion, Contact area, Shear, Tangential loading

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