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Friction predication on pin-to-plate interface of PTFE material and steel

  • Zhuming BiEmail author
  • Donald W. Mueller
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In this paper, the friction behavior at a pin-to-plate interface is investigated. The pin and plate are made of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and steel, respectively, and there is a reciprocating motion at the interface. Governing mathematical models for the relations of design variables and frictions are investigated, and a general procedure is proposed to solve the developed models and predict the friction forces at the interface subjected to given test conditions. Novel models have been developed to represent intrigued friction behaviors affected by various factors such as pin geometrics and finishes, lubrication conditions, and reciprocating speed. The test data from experiments is used to verify the effectiveness of the proposed models.


pin-to-plate friction wear coefficient of frictions PTFE sealing finite element analysis 



The first author would like to acknowledge the support by the State International Science and Technology Cooperation Special Items (Grant No. 2015DFA11700), the Frontier and Key Technology Innovation Special Funds of Guangdong Province (Grant Nos. 2014B090919002 and 2015B010917003), and the Program of Foshan Innovation Team of Science and Technology (Grant No. 2015IT100072).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Depatment of Civil and Mechnical EngineeringPurdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Electrical EngineeringGuangDong University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina

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