Contact, Adhesion and Rupture of Elastic Solids

  • Daniel Maugis

Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 130)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Daniel Maugis
    Pages 1-79
  3. Daniel Maugis
    Pages 81-131
  4. Daniel Maugis
    Pages 133-202
  5. Daniel Maugis
    Pages 203-344
  6. Daniel Maugis
    Pages 345-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-417

About this book


In 1970 an investigation into rubber friction, sponsored by a manufacturer of automobile windscreen wipers, was being carried out at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England. When a smooth spherical slider of soft rubber was placed in contact with flat glass or perspex, the compliance of the rubber enabled it to conform to any slight roughness of the two surfaces such that perfect contact was obtained. In these circumstances the surfaces were found to adhere: under load the contact area exceeded that predicted by the Hertz theory of elastic contact, a contact area of finite size was seen at zero load and a tensile force was required to pull the surfaces apart. In an attempt to model these observations the JKR theory (Johnson, Kendall and Roberts, 1971) was born. At the same time, working in Moscow on adhesion of particles in colloidal suspension, Derjaguin, Muller and Toporov had developed a different ("DMT") theory of the adhesion of elastic spheres (DMT, 1975). At first it was thought that these theories were incompatible, until Tabor suggested that each applied to opposite ends of the spectrum of a non-dimensional parameter which expressed the ratio of the magnitude of the elastic deformation to the range of surface forces. This work was followed by Maugis and Barquins in the CNRS Laboratory at Belle Vue, who recognised the analogy between adhesion and fracture.


Adhesion Elasticity Friesian Helium-Atom-Streuung Materials Science Materials properties Rupture Surface Science fracture mechanics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Maugis
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire des Matériaux et des Structures du Génie CivilCNRS-LCPC, Cité Descartes - Parc club de la haute maisonChamps sur MarneFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08538-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04125-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0171-1873
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