Modeling and simulation in tribology across scales: An overview

A.I. Vakis, V.A. Yastrebov, J. Scheibert, C. Minfray, L. Nicola, D. Dini, A. Almqvist, M. Paggi, S. Lee, G. Limbert, J.F. Molinari, G. Anciaux, R. Aghababaei, S. Echeverri Restrepo, A. Papangelo, A. Cammarata, P. Nicolini, C. Putignano, G. Carbone, M. Ciavarella*S. Stupkiewicz, J. Lengiewicz, G. Costagliola, F. Bosia, R. Guarino, N.M. Pugno, M.H. Müser

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This review summarizes recent advances in the area of tribology based on the outcome of a Lorentz Center workshop surveying various physical, chemical and mechanical phenomena across scales. Among the main themes discussed were those of rough surface representations, the breakdown of continuum theories at the nano- and micro-scales, as well as multiscale and multiphysics aspects for analytical and computational models relevant to applications spanning a variety of sectors, from automotive to biotribology and nanotechnology. Significant effort is still required to account for complementary nonlinear effects of plasticity, adhesion, friction, wear, lubrication and surface chemistry in tribological models. For each topic, we propose some research directions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTribology International
Pages (from-to)169-199
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Tribology
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Multiphysics modeling
  • Roughness
  • Contact
  • Friction
  • Adhesion
  • Wear
  • Lubrication
  • Tribochemistry

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Vakis, A. I., Yastrebov, V. A., Scheibert, J., Minfray, C., Nicola, L., Dini, D., Almqvist, A., Paggi, M., Lee, S., Limbert, G., Molinari, J. F., Anciaux, G., Aghababaei, R., Restrepo, S. E., Papangelo, A., Cammarata, A., Nicolini, P., Putignano, C., Carbone, G., ... Müser, M. H. (2018). Modeling and simulation in tribology across scales: An overview. Tribology International, 125, 169-199.