Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.

Abstract

This project evaluated the feasibility of correlating surface roughness to Coefficient of Friction on a shoe sole’s elastomer compound. I used state of the art microscopes to measure the surface of elastomer compounds at fine scales. I used geometric multiscale analysis to characterize the surface and begin to determine the relevant scales of measurement. I aided in the design of a testing apparatus that can test for coefficient of friction. This apparatus measured the normal and transversal forces at the interaction of two surfaces. This study demonstrated that with a more diverse selection of surface topographies one should be able to find a correlation.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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