Fabian Forsbach, Markus Heß

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In the electroadhesive frictional contact of a sliding fingerpad on a touchscreen, friction is enhanced by an induced electroadhesive force. This force is dominated by the frequency-dependent impedance behavior of the relevant electrical layers. However, many existing models are only valid at frequency extremes and use very simplified contact mechanical approaches. In the present paper, a RC impedance model is adopted to characterize the behavior in the relevant range of frequencies of the AC excitation voltage. It serves as an extension to the macroscopic model for electrovibration recently developed by the authors, which is based on several well-founded approaches from contact mechanics. The predictions of the extended model are compared to recent experimental results and the most influential electrical and mechanical parameters are identified and discussed. Finally, the time responses to different wave forms of the excitation voltage are presented.


Friction, Adhesion, Electrovibration, Surface Haptics, Tactile Display

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