The contact of two elastic bodies with a frictional interface can lead to friction-induced instabilities. The instabilities are either due to the velocity-dependence of friction, or due to the coupling of friction with the thermal expansion or wear, or due to the destabilization of the interface elastic waves. The instabilities lead to friction-induced vibrations. The linear elasticity usually provides a criterion for the onset of the instability and predicts that the amplitude of the unstable vibration grows exponentially with time. However, it does not provide any information about the amplitudes of vibrations. It is expected that the amplitudes of vibrations grow exponentially until they leave the range of applicability of the linear theory and reach a certain limiting cycle. We discuss how various non-linear methods of pattern-formation analysis can be applied to this problem, including the Turing systems, self-organized criticality, etc.

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