Subsurface melting of nylon by friction-induced vibrations

P.H. Vroegop, R. Bosma

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Dry sliding of nylon on steel may lead to subsurface recrystallization of the polymer. This phenomenon is described and explained by subsurface melting due to internal heating as a result of the dissipation of frictioninduced vibrations at frequencies above 10 kHz. A vibration model relating the distribution of stress and temperature is proposed. Calculations based on this model show reasonable agreement with experimental observations.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)31-47
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985


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