why on highly increasing the smoothness of the surface friction increases?

Asked by  | 7th Mar, 2008, 05:42: PM

Expert Answer:

Friction actually increases if the surfaces are made extremely smooth. A kind of cold weld is formed as the atoms are very close to each other, they almost form a single block of metal.

However, the surfaces of everyday objects have layers of oxides and other contaminants that reduce cold-welding so you normally do not observe such a phenomenon.

Answered by  | 13th May, 2008, 08:24: PM

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