Adhesive Forces

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 250)


At very small length scales, the forces between molecules (e.g. van der Waals forces) become significant and must be taken into account in the solution of contact problems. These are most conveniently described by a scalar force potential V defined such that the force acting on a given molecule.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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