Atomistic simulation of frictional sliding between cellulose Iβ nanocrystals

Xiawa Wu, Robert J. Moon, Ashlie Martini

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Sliding friction between cellulose Iβ nanocrystals is studied using molecular dynamics simulation. The effects of sliding velocity, normal load, and relative angle between sliding surface are predicted, and the results analyzed in terms of the number of hydrogen bonds within and between the cellulose chains. We find that although the observed friction trends can be correlated with hydrogen bonding, it may not be the most significant factor in determining frictional behavior on cellulose nanocrystal surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-405
Number of pages11
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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