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Antonio Papangelo's picture

Cyclic response of friction damped mechanical systems - PhD thesis - part II

This is the "part II" of my PhD thesis.

It addresses the problem of finding the dynamic cyclic response of mechanical systems experiencing dry friction with a particular focus on the influence of varying normal and tangential loads. I first start from a single degree of freedom model and gradually increase the complexity of the system. In the last chapter I address a system with 12 degrees of freedom which shows localized vibration states, that are very similar to solutions known in other physics fields like optics and fluid dynamics. 

ahmedettaf's picture

Localization and instability in sheared granular materials: Role of friction and vibration

Shear banding and stick-slip instabilities have been long observed in sheared granular materials. Yet, their microscopic underpinnings, interdependencies and variability under different loading conditions have not been fully explored. Here, we use a non-equilibrium thermodynamics model, the Shear Transformation Zone theory, to investigate the dynamics of strain localization and its connection to stability of sliding in sheared, dry, granular materials. We consider frictional and frictionless grains as well as presence and absence of acoustic vibrations.

Zhengjin WANG 王正锦's picture

Extrusion, slide, and rupture of an elastomeric seal

Elastomeric seals are essential to two great technological advances in oilfields:  horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.  This paper describes a method to study elastomeric seals by using the pressure-extrusion curve (i.e., the relation between the drop of pressure across a seal and the volume of extrusion of the elastomer).  Emphasis is placed on a common mode of failure found in oilfields:  leak caused by a crack across the length of a long seal.  We obtain an analytical solution of large elastic deformation, which is analogous to the Poiseuille flow of viscous liquids.

ahmedettaf's picture

[Call for Abstracts] SES minisymposium on Friction, Fracture, and Damage

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to consider submitting abstracts to the following minisymposium taking place as part of the Soceity of Engineering Sciences meeting to be hosted by the University of Maryland (October 4-7, 2016)

D-9 :Friction, Fracture and damage (

Eran Bouchbinder's picture

Dynamic instabilities of frictional sliding at a bimaterial interface

Understanding the dynamic stability of bodies in frictional contact steadily sliding one over the other is of basic interest in various disciplines such as physics, solid mechanics, materials science and geophysics. Here we report on a two-dimensional linear stability analysis of a deformable solid of a finite height H, steadily sliding on top of a rigid solid within a generic rate-and-state friction type constitutive framework, fully accounting for elastodynamic effects.

pastewka's picture

PhD Position in Computational Mechanics of Glasses, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Friction and wear are important processes that determine the function of many mechanical devices, but their underlying microscopic physical principles are complex and often not well understood. Amorphous – or glassy – materials often form on surfaces that have experienced frictional loading. The research will involve large-scale molecular dynamics simulation of the near-surface deformation upon indentation and scratching of network and bulk metallic glasses.

Mike Ciavarella's picture

rate-state dependent friction in ANSYS

Dear collegues

a quick question:- I am playing with continuum models of Contact (Hertz, Westergaard and so on) and friction laws. However, I prefer for my students to use ANSYS FEM code. In Ansys there is standard Coulomb, rate-dependence but not rate-state (unless one codes some user subroutines). See

ahmedettaf's picture

Call for Abstracts; EMI 2015 Stanford

Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to submit your contributions to the following minisymposium: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Fracture and Fragmentation Processes taking place as part of the Engineering Mechanics Institute conference (JUne 16-19, 2015) at Stanford.

Best Regards,

Ahmed Elbanna*, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Glaucio Paulino, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

MS 54: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Fracture and Fragmentation Processes

ahmedettaf's picture

MM&FGM14: 13th International Conference on Multiscale Modeling and Functionally Graded Materials

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the 13th Internation conference on Multiscale Modeling and Functionally Graded Materials to be held on October 19-22, 2014; in  Taua Resort, SP, Brazi. More information about the conference could be found here:





ahmedettaf's picture

17 th National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics June 15-20 (Michigan State University)

Dear all,

I would like to bring to your attention the following minisymposium that is organized as part of the NCTAM 17 (Michigan State University, June 15-20, 2014)


Friction, Adhesion and Fracture: From microscale physics to macroscale response

Frictional rolling contact model CONTACT version 13.1 released

Dear all,

Herewith I want to announce the release of the frictional rolling contact model CONTACT version 13.1.

The main changes with respect to earlier versions of the program are as follows:

WOM 2013 - Provisional program now available

The provisional program for WOM 2013 (14-18 April 2013) is now available at

Special tutorial session: Fundamentals of Wear and Wear Testing
Taught by invited experts led by Professor Ian Hutchings, this popular half-day overview will be held on Sunday afternoon before the conference. For more information, go to

Dr. Michael Nosonovsky's picture

Understanding the nature of friction

M. Nosonovsky & V. Mortazavi. Friction-Induced Vibrations and Self-Organization: Mechanics and Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics of Sliding Contact (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2013, forthcoming)

WOM 2013 - Keynote Speakers Announced

Wom 2013 keynote speakers and their topics have been announced:

Dr Ali Erdemir
Argonne National Laboratories, USA
Innovative surface engineering strategies for mitigating wear of materials under extreme conditions

Dr Michael Moseler
FhG-IWM Freiburg, Germany
Atomistic understanding of wear in carbon tribomaterials

Frequency analysis with Contact constraint



I am trying to analysis a model in ABAQUS with a plate bolted to the Bracket top surface at 4 ends. I have to define contact between them (and also bolted at 4 ends) to get the Modal frequency. But When I searched for it, I got the answer that contact doesn't work with Modal analysis as contact is a nonliner problem and Modal Analysis only solves linear problem.


WOM 2013 - First Announcement and Call for Papers - deadline 1 June 2012

The 19th International Conference on Wear of Materials with take place in Portland, Oregon, USA, 14-18 April 2013. Two typed of papers ar invited: 1) full-length research-qulity papers that involve materials aspects of wear, wear analysis and wear modeling, and 2)shorter, concise case studies. Both categories of papers will be peer reviewed for technical quality.

 All submissions should be made online at by 1 June 2012




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