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The scratch hardness and friction of a soft rigid-plastic solid

Briscoe, BJ and Biswas, SK and Sinha, SK and Panesar, SS (1993) The scratch hardness and friction of a soft rigid-plastic solid. In: Tribology International, 26 (3). pp. 183-193.

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The paper describes an experimental and analytical study of the normal and scratch hardnesses of a model soft rigid-plastic solid. The material known as ‘Plasticine’, a mixture of dry particles and a mineral oil, has been deformed with a range of rigid conical indentors with included angles of between 30° and 170°. The sliding velocity dependence of the computed scratch hardness and friction has been examined in the velocity range 0.19 mm/s to 7.3 m/s. Data are also described for the time dependence of the normal hardness and also the estimated rate dependence of the intrinsic flow stress. The latter values were estimated from data obtained during the upsetting of right cylinders. Three major conclusions are drawn from these data and the associated analysis. (1) A first-order account of the scratching force may be provided by adopting a model which sums the computed plastic deformation and interfacial sliding contributions to the total sliding work. This is tantamount to the adoption of the two-term non-interacting model of friction. (2) For this system during sliding, at high sliding velocities at least, the interface shear stress which defines the boundary condition is not directly related to the bulk shear stress. The interface rheological characteristics indicate an appreciable dependence on the imposed strain or strain rate. In particular, the relative contributions of the slip and stick boundary conditions appear to be a function of the imposed sliding velocity. (3) The computed normal and scratch hardness values are not simply interrelated primarily because of the evolving boundary conditions which appear to exist in the scratching experiments.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Tribology International
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: normal hardness; scratch hardness; interface shear; sliding friction; plastic flow
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 07:03
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 10:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35947

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