International journal of mechanical sciences vol:48 issue:9 pages:1014-1020
The work is motivated by experimental studies on energy dissipation due to micro-slip in mechanical joints. It has been observed that the loss of energy undergoes certain evolution under cyclic shear loading. It manifests itself in the form of the gradual decrease approaching a steady state as cycling progresses. This behavior has a repeatable character if contact is re-established and subjected to cycling again. In the present work, a simple multiple-asperity model is developed that suggests a physical hypothesis that when two rough surfaces are brought in contact and subjected to shear loads a certain locking mechanism comes into play at the interface. Such locking occurs due to the tendency of the interface to adapt its contact microstructure to the loading conditions. The adaptation mechanism is described in the present work through the contact inclination angles. The developed model is simple in application and it relates microcharacteristics of the contact to macro-behavior of the system exhibiting itself in energy dissipation. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.