Data-driven model for estimation of friction coefficient via informatics methods

Eric W. Bucholz, Chang Sun Kong, Kellon R. Marchman, W. Gregory Sawyer, Simon R. Phillpot, Susan B. Sinnott, Krishna Rajan

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As technologies progress, the development of new mechanical systems demands the rapid determination of friction coefficients of materials. Data mining and materials informatics methods are used here to generate a predictive model that enables efficient high-throughput screening of ceramic materials, some of which are candidate high-temperature, solid-state lubricants. Through the combination of principal component analysis and recursive partitioning using a small dataset comprised of intrinsic material properties, we develop a decision tree-based model comprised of if-then rules which estimates the friction coefficients of a wide range of materials. This datadriven model has a high degree of accuracy with an R 2 value of 0.8904 and provides a range of possible friction coefficients that accounts for the possible variability of a material's actual friction coefficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-221
Number of pages11
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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