Development of rubber friction model for application to shoe treads
Supervisors: Prof R Lewis, Dr M.J Carré and Dr J.A Rongong

The work in this project will involve developing new friction models that can be used to predict performance based on inputs relating to material properties (from, for example, DMA testing); environmental conditions (cold weather applications are important) and surface properties such as roughness and surface texture (e.g. shoe tread). Laboratory tests will be key to developing the input parameters. Testing will be carried out across scales, from small specimens up to shoe soles to assess the validity of the model. FE analysis could also be incorporated. The project will be run in collaboration with Tripal (safety shoe manufacturers).

Please contact Dr Roger Lewis directly for further information:
Email: roger.lewis@sheffield.ac.uk
me-pgadmit@sheffield.ac.uk
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