Non-reversible dry friction oscillator: design and measurements

M Wiercigroch, V W T Sin, Z F K Liew

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A Coulomb oscillator with a variable normal force has been designed and manufactured to carry out a wide range of experimental dynamic analysis, especially the study of the non-reversibility of dry friction characteristics. The design choice was based on the criteria of accuracy of the mathematical model and flexibility in terms of parameter changes such as the natural frequency of the system, coefficient of friction and normal force. The system consists of a block mass attached to two coil springs and a dry frictional damper in which the friction force is varied by a pneumatic actuator. This allows a constant pressure between sliding surfaces to be maintained. The experimental set-up, the calibration procedure for the clamping device and typical results are presented. Experimental non-reversible dry friction characteristics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-534
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • friction oscillator
  • non-linear dynamics design
  • measurements


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