J. Phys. IV France
Volume 12, Numéro 9, November 2002
Page(s) 269 - 273

J. Phys. IV France
12 (2002) Pr9-269
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020413

Static aging vs. dynamic rejuvenation in solid friction

C. Caroli, T. Baumberger and L. Bureau

Groupe de Physique des Solides, UMR 7588, Universités Paris 6 et 7, 2 place Jussieu, 75251 Paris cedex 05, France

Dry friction between macroscopic solids can be understood in terms of the elastic (static regime) versus plastic (dynamic regime) responses to a shear stress of a set of dilute micrometric adhesive contacts. When pinned, such a system is the seat of two distinguishablc slow, quasi-logarithmic aging dynamics: - a "geometric" aging process, originating from the bulk of the contacting asperities, which results in the increase of the real area of contact. - a structural one, taking place within the nm-thick adhesive layers, which behave as 2D confined "soft " structural glasses. Both mechanisms give rise to associated dynamic rejuvenation phenomena, akin to those observed in threshold fluids, which govern the rich variety of frictional dynamics exhibited by extended systems.

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