
Coefficients of friction  
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Posted by: AdrianT ^{®} 11/13/2006, 05:15:01 Author Profile eMail author Edit 
Hi there, I'd like to know what values for the coefficient of friction for steel sliding on steel one would typically use in the design of something. The value seems to vary quite a bit. From 0.74 (static) and 0.57 (sliding) right down to 0.15 (static) and 0.09 (sliding). Another source says to use values for static friction between 0.6 and 0.15 and to use values for kinetic (sliding) between 0.09 and 0.6. These are all used in the simple formula F = µ*N But when it comes to rolling friction, there is another approach with, once again, varying values. F = f * W/R. W the weight of the cylinder, R the radius and f the rolling coefficient of friction. Sources say to use a value of f of 0.0005m for steel rolling on steel. Is this correct?
Which of the above formulas would result in satisfactory results for rolling friction?
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Posted by: Kelly Bramble ^{®} 11/13/2006, 07:55:32 Author Profile eMail author Edit 
AdrianT, the coefficient of friction depends on many attributes. Surface roughness, flatness, surface area, weight or pressure between the plates or other. Depending on your design or functional requirements, a good practice is to use the estimated value limit. For example, if you are designing for a hyraulic actuator which must over come the friction between the two objects, then design for the highest coefficient of friction plus a FS. Ultimately, none of your equations may be satifactory in determining an accurate coefficient of friction. If your can, I would test your particular application to determine the typical coefficient of friction. 
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