A mechanistic approach to tactile friction

Julien van Kuilenburg

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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To a large extent, the functionality and comfort experienced during the use of everyday products, such as apparel, household appliances and sports equipment, are determined by the frictional behaviour of contact that occurs with the skin. For product engineers who aim to control and optimize the sensorial properties of a product surface interacting with the skin, it is essential to understand this frictional behaviour. This involves the study of local friction behaviour at the scale of the surface roughness. In this work a mechanistic approach was adopted in which analytical models from contact mechanics theory were used to develop a model which describes the tactile friction behaviour against the human fingerpad as a function of asperity geometry and operational conditions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • van der Heide, Emile, Supervisor
  • Masen, M.A., Co-Supervisor
Award date23 Oct 2013
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-0034-0
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2013


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