Rolling Motion

  • K. L. SundarkrishnaaEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 171)


This chapter explains rolling motion applied to solid contact with its adhesion component, and also how material gets deformed and torque is generated. Details based on theoretical considerations of circular motion are given in this chapter which would provide the required stimulus for a better understanding of the rolling contact conditions. An account of dynamics of uniform and nonuniform motion is also explained. Primary cause of rolling friction when surfaces roll over each other in a wheel contact, spherical and cylindrical contact are examined and explained. An account of rail wheel braking contact and the necessary frictional force required to begin motion and to move at a velocity “v” are explained. Rolling friction is primarily caused by the interference of small indentations formed as one surface rolls over another. This is ideally seen with wheels, cylinders, and spheres. In the case of the wheel of a rail braking, we must first look at the forces acting on the wheel. In pure rolling motion friction is required to start, stop, and change the motion of a wheel. Given below is the frictional force necessary to begin motion, and get the wheel moving at a velocity “v.”


Angular Velocity Angular Displacement Angular Acceleration Circular Motion Rolling Friction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ellen Centre for Advanced Friction Products Limited (ECFAFPL)ChennaiIndia

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