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ISRN Tribology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 254705, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/254705
Research Article

Contribution to the Modelling of the Tribological Surface Transformations

1Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique, UPR CNRS 7051, 31 Chemin Joseph-Aiguier, 13402 Marseille Cedex 20, France
2Université de Provence, 3 Place Victor Hugo, 13331 Marseille Cedex 03, France

Received 24 April 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editors: F. Nair, Z. Wen, and H. Xing

Copyright © 2013 G. Antoni. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

When solids are subjected to tribological loads, structural changes can occur both at the surface and in depth, immediately below the loaded area; in the case of some materials, especially metals, these changes are known as solid-solid phase transformations or Tribological Surface Transformations (TSTs). A thermomechanical model is presented in the present study in order to describe these TSTs. The ability of the model to take account TSTs is assessed with a 2D finite element analysis.