is the contact resistance exerted by one body when the second body moves or tends to move past the first body. Friction is a retarding force that always acts opposite to the motion or to the tendency to move.
Types of Friction
Dry friction, also called , occurs when unlubricated surfaces of two solids are in contact and slide or tend to slide from each other. If lubricant separates these two surfaces, the friction created is called lubricated friction. This section will deal only with dry friction.
Fluid friction occurs when layers of two viscous fluids moves at different velocities. The relative velocity between layers causes frictional forces between fluid elements, thus, no fluid friction occurs when there is no relative velocity.
Skin friction also called friction drag is a component of the force resisting the motion of a solid body through a fluid.
Internal friction is associated with shear deformation of the solid materials subjected to cyclical loading. As deformation undergo during loading, internal friction may accompany this deformation.
Elements of Dry Friction
= Total reaction perpendicular to the contact surface
= Friction force
= Coefficient of friction
= Resultant of f and N
= angle of friction
Formulas for dry friction
Consider the block shown to the right that weighs . It is placed upon a plane that inclined at an angle with the horizontal.
- If the maximum available friction force is less than thus, the block will slide down the plane.
- If the friction force will just equate to thus, the block is in impending motion down the plane.
- If the maximum available frictional resistance is greater than thus, the block is stationary.
We can therefore conclude that the maximum angle that a plane may be inclined without causing the body to slide down is equal to the angle of friction .