Contact and thermal analysis of an alumina-steel dry sliding friction pair considering the surface roughness

Zoltán Lestyán, Károly Váradi, Albert Albers

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In the present study, finite element transient contact and thermal sliding simulation and temperature measurement of dry sliding friction were performed in order to analyse the real contact area and temperature developed in the contact region. Real 3D surface worn topographies were taken into consideration, at macro and intermediate stages. The calculated real contact area has been changing in time and space in the course of sliding. The sliding components were high purity alumina ceramic palettes and 100Cr6 steel with constant accelerated motion. The calculated temperature results are in good agreement with the temperature data measured. Heat partition was changing in time during sliding. The developed algorithm based on incremental FE technique can characterize real processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-994
Number of pages13
JournalTribology International
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2007



  • Dry sliding friction
  • Real contact area
  • Surface temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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