Rheological aging and rejuvenation in solid friction contacts

Eur Phys J E Soft Matter. 2002 Jun;8(3):331-7. doi: 10.1140/epje/i2002-10017-1.

Abstract

We study the low-velocity (0.1-100 microm s(-1)) frictional properties of interfaces between a rough glassy polymer and smooth silanized glass, a configuration which gives direct access to the rheology of the adhesive joints in which shear localizes. We show that these joints exhibit the full phenomenology expected for confined quasi-2D soft glasses: they strengthen logarithmically when aging at rest, and weaken (rejuvenate) when sliding. Rejuvenation is found to saturate at large velocities. Moreover, aging at rest is shown to be strongly accelerated when waiting under finite stress below the static threshold.