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The Elastic Contact of Rough Spheres Investigated Using a Deterministic Multi-Asperity Model

Abstract : In this paper we use a deterministic multi-asperity model to investigate the elastic contact of rough spheres. Synthetic rough surfaces with controllable spectra were used to identify individual asperities, their locations and curvatures. The deterministic analysis enables to capture both particular deformation modes of individual rough surfaces and also statistical deformation regimes, which involve averaging over a big number of roughness realizations. Two regimes of contact area growth were identified: the Hertzian regime at light loads at the scale of a single asperity, and the linear regime at higher loads involving multiple contacting asperities. The transition between the regimes occurs at the load which depends on the second and the fourth spectral moments. It is shown that at light indentation the radius of circumference delimiting the contact area is always considerably larger than Hertzian contact radius. Therefore, it suggests that there is no scale separation in contact problems at light loads. In particular, the geometrical shape cannot be considered separately from the surface roughness at least for approaching greater than one standard roughness deviation.
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Vladislav Yastrebov. The Elastic Contact of Rough Spheres Investigated Using a Deterministic Multi-Asperity Model. Journal of Multiscale Modelling, World Scientific, 2019, 10 (01), pp.1841002. ⟨10.1142/S1756973718410020⟩. ⟨hal-02394130⟩



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