Effects of loading angles on stick–slip dynamics of soft sliders

Research paper by Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Yoshinori Sawae, Shmuel M. Rubinstein

Indexed on: 13 Oct '16Published on: 11 Oct '16Published in: Extreme Mechanics Letters


When soft gels move across a hard surface, stick–slip frictional sliding is mediated by propagation of adhesion and detachment fronts. Here we experimentally investigate the sliding dynamics of an extended frictional interface between soft Silicone gel and hard PMMA and identify three distinct sliding regimes. We directly visualize the interface and show that a minute manipulation of the initial loading angle results in a sharp bifurcation between the different sliding states. The phase diagram as well as universal scaling relations governing the dynamics is presented.

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