Institut für Mechanik

Fachgebiet Systemdynamik und Reibungsphysik

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Valentin  Popov

 German-Russian Workshop 2009

 Contact Mechanics and Friction

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Updated: 19.08.2009





German-Russian Workshop

  Contact Mechanics and Friction
Technical University Berlin

05 - 08 October 2009


Organizers: Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov and Prof. Dr. Sergey Psakhie

Objectives: Contact mechanics and friction is an interdisciplinary research field with applications ranging from atomic force microscopy over the huge field of traditional tribology to earthquakes and medicine. Friction arises as interplay of elasticity, elastoplasticity, rheology, adhesion, lubrication, phase transitions, chemical reactions, wear and many other processes at and under the surfaces of contacting bodies. Surface topography and surface interactions are as important for contact and friction properties as bulk material properties; the processes on the atomic scale may be as important as the dynamics of the whole tribological system. In short, contact mechanics and friction are multi-aspect and multi-scale problems.

The Workshop is devoted to synthetic, multi-disciplinary aspects of contact mechanics and friction physics as well as their applications in natural sciences, engineering, biology and medicine. The purpose of the Workshop is to bring together specialist of different branches of tribology, physics, engineering and biology to discuss the interplay of the main governing processes in contact mechanics as well as its applications in engineering, bionics and medicine.


Contact mechanics of real surfaces with measured topography

Contact mechanics of heterogeneous systems and coatings

Leak rate of seals

Contact mechanics and wear

Contact mechanics with adhesion

Adhesion and capillarity in micromechanical devices and biological systems

Influence of adhesion on friction and wear

Mixed lubrication and boundary lubrication

Cavitation in frictional contacts and its influence on friction and wear

Thermal effects in contacts

Numerical methods for calculating contact properties

Friction laws with internal parameters

Numerical simulation methods for calculating friction

High resolution measuring methods in tribology

Novel tribological systems

Historical aspects of contact mechanics and friction related to the modern developments

Call for papers

If you are interested in the participation, please submit an abstract in English not later than July 31, 2009 (preferably by e-mail).




Organisation & contact

Prof. Dr. Valentin Popov

TU Berlin

Institute of Mechanics, Sekr. C8-4

Str. des 17. Juni 135

D-10623 Berlin




Tel: +49 (30) 314 21 480

Fax.: +49 (30) 314 72 575