As the size of the contact region between two bodies decreases to the micro- and nano-scales, the effect of adhesion becomes increasingly important. In this tutorial, we review fundamental concepts of the mechanics of adhesion. Attention is placed on the contact of elastic bodies in which the shapes of the contacting bodies are locally spherical. We also discuss the use of spherical contact theory to model the adhesive contact of an asperity with a flat as part of a multi-asperity contact model.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.