A parameter study of separation modes of adhering microcontacts

Du, Yan and Adams, George G. and McGruer, Nicol E. and Etsion, Izhak. (2008) A parameter study of separation modes of adhering microcontacts. Journal of Applied Physics, 103 (6). 064902. ISSN 00218979

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A finite element model was developed to study adhesion of elastic-plastic microcontacts in a previous investigation. An interesting result was the identification of two distinct separation modes, i.e. brittle and ductile separation. In the current study, that model is used to conduct a series of simulations to determine the influence of four nondimensional parameters (including the maximum load parameter) on the contact and on the separation modes. The results show that the parameter S (the ratio of the theoretical stress to the hardness) and δf/δc (representing the loading level) are the most important. Smaller S can only lead to brittle separation, while larger S can cause either separation mode depending on δf/δc. Ductile separation is more likely to occur at smaller δf/δc and brittle separation at greater δf/δc. The transition between the two separation modes occurs at about S = 1.2 (for δf/δc = 30) which corresponds to the theoretical stress for adhesion being 20% greater than the hardness. This result is qualitatively similar to the existing simplified analytical models, in that the adhesion energy, the hardness, and the loading level play important roles in the occurrence of ductile separation. However, there are important quantitative differences. Comparisons are also made with molecular dynamics simulations of a contact and with a fracture mechanics model of crack propagation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adhesion
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanomanufacturing Characterization Techniques > Mechanical Property Characterization
Nanomanufacturing Characterization Techniques > Other Characterization Techniques > Molecular modeling
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Research Collection
Depositing User: Moureen Kemei
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 15:37
Last Modified: 10 May 2010 15:37
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/451

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