On the modeling and simulation of friction

David A. Haessig, Bernard Friedland

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Two new models for slip-stick friction are presented. One, called the bristle model, is an approximation designed to capture the physical phenomenon of sticking. This model is relatively inefficient numerically. The other model, called the reset integrator model, does not capture the details of the sticking phenomenon, but is numerically efficient and exhibits behavior similar to that of the model proposed by D. Karnopp (1985). All three of these models are preferable to the classical model, which poorly represents the friction force at zero velocity. Simulation experiments show that the new models and the Karnopp model give similar results in two examples. In a closed-loop example, the classical model predicts a limit cycle which is not observed in the laboratory. The new models and the Karnopp model, on the other hand, agree with the experimental observation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1256-1261
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the American Control Conference
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1990 American Control Conference - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: May 23 1990May 25 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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