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      Adhesion and surface forces in polymer tribology—A review

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          Polymer tribology is a fast growing area owing to increasing applications of polymers and polymer composites in industry, transportation, and many other areas of economy. Surface forces are very important for polymer contact, but the real origin of such forces has not been fully investigated. Strong adhesive interaction between polymers leads to an increase in the friction force, and hence, the asperities of the material may be removed to form wear particles or transfer layers on the counterface. The theory of polymer adhesion has not been completely elucidated yet and several models of adhesion have been proposed from the physical or chemical standpoints. This paper is focused on the research efforts on polymer adhesion with emphasis on adhesion mechanisms, which are very important in the analysis of polymer friction and wear.

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              Surface forces and surface interactions

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                Tsinghua Science and Technology
                Tsinghua University Press (Xueyuan Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China )
                05 June 2018
                : 06
                : 02
                : 143-155 (pp. )
                [ 1 ] Metal-Polymer Research Institute of Belarus National Academy of Sciences, Gomel 246050, Belarus
                [ 2 ] State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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                * Corresponding author: Alexander KOVALEV, E-mail: akovalev@

                Nikolai K. MYSHKIN. He received his M.S. degree in electromechanics (1971) and PhD degree in tribology in 1977 from the Institute for Problems in Mechanics in Moscow, Russia. He has moved to Metal- Polymer Research Institute of Belarus National Academy of Sciences (MPRI) in Gomel, Belarus, and has got DSc degree in tribology (1985) and professor in materials (1991). He elected a Full Member (Academician) of the Belarus National Academy of Sciences in 2009. He was Director of MPRI in 2002–2017. His current position is the Head of Tribology Department in MPRI. His research areas are contact mechanics, micro/nanotribology, surface phenomena in friction and lubrication, polymer tribology, wear monitoring, electrical contacts, etc.

                Alexander KOVALEV. He received his M.S. degree in physics from the Gomel State University, Gomel, Belarus in 1997. He has earned PhD degree in tribology and physics of solids in 2007 from Metal- Polymer Research Institute, Gomel, Belarus. His current position is Research Fellow at State Key Laboratory of Tribology at Tsinghua University, China. His research focuses on micro/nano-tribology, contact mechanics, interfacial phenomena, surface characterization, etc.


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