### Revision for “Coefficients of Kinetic and Static Friction” created on March 12, 2022 @ 16:59:07

Title | Coefficients of Kinetic and Static Friction |
---|---|

Content | <h2>What is friction?</h2>
<a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/friction/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Friction</a> is a force resisting relative motion and it occurs at the interface between the bodies, but also within the bodies, like in case of fluids. The concept of <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/coefficient-of-friction/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">friction coefficient</a> was first formulated by <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/who-is-the-first-leonardo-da-vinci/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Leonardo da Vinci</a> and is defined according to the following equation:
<p style="text-align: justify">[math]
\begin{eqnarray}
\label{complete_sys1}</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\mu = F_f/F_N</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\end{eqnarray} [/math]</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">where [math]F_f[/math] is the friction force and [math]F_N[/math] is the applied normal load. The magnitude of the coefficient of friction is determined by the properties of the surfaces, surroundings, surface features, presence of the lubricant, etc. A list of typical friction coefficients can be found <a href="http://www.tribonet.org/wiki/friction-coefficients-in-atmosphere-and-vacuum/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p>
<lite-youtube videoid="cKadmarF6rM"></lite-youtube>
<h2 style="text-align: justify">Static vs Kinetic Friction</h2>
Typically friction can be distinguished into static friction and kinetic friction. Static friction force [math]F_{fs}[/math] is the friction force prior the initiation of motion. Kinetic friction (also known as dynamic, or sliding) force [math]F_{fk}[/math] is the friction force developed during the motion. It should be noted that these forces are different with a following relation holding in most situations:
<p style="text-align: justify">[math]
\begin{eqnarray}
\label{complete_sys1}</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">F_{fk}<=F_{fs}</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\end{eqnarray} [/math]</p>
Correspondingly, there are two friction coefficients, static [math]\mu _s[/math] and kinetic friction [math]\mu _k[/math] coefficients.
Static friction coefficient is calculated according to the following equation:
<p style="text-align: justify">[math]
\begin{eqnarray}
\label{complete_sys1}</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\mu _s = F_{fs}/F_N</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\end{eqnarray} [/math]</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">Kinetic friction coefficient is calculated according to following equation:</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">[math]
\begin{eqnarray}
\label{complete_sys1}</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\mu _k = F_{fk}/F_N</p>
<p style="text-align: justify">\end{eqnarray} [/math]</p>
See this introduction video regarding the static and kinetic friction forces:
<lite-youtube videoid="aZiVixJBNfE"></lite-youtube> |

Excerpt |

I am currently working as a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Leeds. Previously I completed my master's under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus joint master's degree program (Master's in Tribology). I have also completed my bachelor's in Mechanical engineering from VTU, Belgaum, India. I am working as the social media manager for Tribnet and also I have my youtube channel Tribo Geek.