We studied the sliding friction between an adhesive gel sheet and a glass substrate. In this system, the probability distribution of the force drop obeys a power law similar to that found in earthquakes and granular systems. We observed the motion of the slip regions at the frictional interfaces and obtained the spatial distributions of shear strain by image analysis. The frictional force evaluated by the image analysis is in good agreement with the actual force measured by a load cell. This indicates that the present method provides a powerful tool to study the spatio-temporal structure in the heterogeneous stick-slip motions in sliding friction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics