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A seamless multi-scale model for contact, friction, and solid lubrication

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Project "FricLess" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
city: PADOVA
postcode: 35122

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 1˙999˙985 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙985 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2022-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA IT (PADOVA) coordinator 1˙819˙985.00
2    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) participant 180˙000.00


 Project objective

Friction and wear are liable for enormous losses in terms of energy and resources in modern society. Costs related to unwanted friction in industrialised countries are estimated to be about 3% of the gross domestic product. Urgency is even greater nowadays as friction between micro-components has become the bottleneck of several applications for which miniaturisation is critical.

Lubrication is a commonly adopted solution to reduce friction. Graphite is a broadly used solid lubricant for large scale applications, while the lubricating properties of a few-layers graphene hold great promise especially for smaller scale applications. At present, our knowledge of the friction and lubrication of rough surfaces is essentially phenomenological. This is because friction is only deceivingly a simple mechanisms, which instead requires understanding of physical phenomena simultaneously acting at different length scales. The change in contact size, which controls the friction stress, depends on nano-scale phenomena such as atomic de-adhesion, sliding, dislocation nucleation in metals, but also on micro- and macro-scale phenomena as (size-dependent) plastic deformation.

The objective of this proposal is to reach an unprecedented understanding of metal friction and lubrication by accounting, for the first time, for all relevant phenomena occurring from the atomic to the macro-scale, and their interplay. To this end, a seamless concurrent multi-scale model will be developed. The power of this new model lies in its capability of describing three-dimensional bodies with realistic roughness in sliding lubricated contact, with the accuracy of an atomistic simulation.

This research builds towards a complete picture of metal friction and lubrication. The materials chosen for the proposed research are copper and multi-layer graphene. However, the model that will be developed is general and can be used to study different materials, lubricants and environmental conditions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 J. S. van Dokkum, M. Khajeh Salehani, N. Irani, L. Nicola
On the Proportionality Between Area and Load in Line Contacts
published pages: , ISSN: 1023-8883, DOI: 10.1007/s11249-018-1061-7
Tribology Letters 66/3 2019-05-10
2017 Parayil Venugopalan, S.; Mueser, Martin H.; Nicola, L.
Green\'s function molecular dynamics meets discrete dislocation plasticity
published pages: , ISSN: 0965-0393, DOI: 10.1088/1361-651X/aa7e0e
Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 1 2019-05-10
2018 S.P. Venugopalan, L. Nicola
Indentation of a plastically deforming metal crystal with a self-affine rigid surface: A dislocation dynamics study
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-6454, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2018.10.020
Acta Materialia 2019-05-10
2017 Syam P Venugopalan, Lucia Nicola, Martin H Müser
Green’s function molecular dynamics: including finite heights, shear, and body fields
published pages: 34001, ISSN: 0965-0393, DOI: 10.1088/1361-651X/aa606b
Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 25/3 2019-06-18

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