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Surface textures with micro-scale feature dimensions still hold great potential to enhance the frictional performance of tribological systems. Apart from the ability of surface texturing to reduce friction, surface textures can also be used to intentionally increase friction in various applications that rely on friction for their adequate functioning. Therefore, this review aims at presenting the state-of-the-art regarding textured surfaces for high-friction purposes. After a brief general introduction, the recent trends and future paths in laser surface texturing are summarized. Then, the potential of surface textures to increase friction in different applications including adhesion, movement transmission and control, biomimetic applications, and road-tire contacts is critically discussed. Special emphasis in this section is laid on the involved mechanisms responsible for friction increase. Finally, current short-comings and future research directions are pointed out thus emphasizing the great potential of (laser-based) surface texturing methods for innovations in modern surface engineering.

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Tailored surface textures to increase friction—A review

Show Author's information Henara L. COSTA1( )Jörg SCHILLE2Andreas ROSENKRANZ3( )
School of Engineering, Surface Engineering Group, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande 96203900, Brazil
University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Laserinstitut Hochschule Mittweida 09648, Germany
Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Materials, University of Chile, Santiago 8370459, Chile


Surface textures with micro-scale feature dimensions still hold great potential to enhance the frictional performance of tribological systems. Apart from the ability of surface texturing to reduce friction, surface textures can also be used to intentionally increase friction in various applications that rely on friction for their adequate functioning. Therefore, this review aims at presenting the state-of-the-art regarding textured surfaces for high-friction purposes. After a brief general introduction, the recent trends and future paths in laser surface texturing are summarized. Then, the potential of surface textures to increase friction in different applications including adhesion, movement transmission and control, biomimetic applications, and road-tire contacts is critically discussed. Special emphasis in this section is laid on the involved mechanisms responsible for friction increase. Finally, current short-comings and future research directions are pointed out thus emphasizing the great potential of (laser-based) surface texturing methods for innovations in modern surface engineering.


surface texturing, tribology, laser processing, friction increase
Received: 14 October 2021 Revised: 10 November 2021 Accepted: 12 December 2021 Published: 28 March 2022 Issue date: September 2022
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Received: 14 October 2021
Revised: 10 November 2021
Accepted: 12 December 2021
Published: 28 March 2022
Issue date: September 2022


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This work was supported by ANID-CONICYT within the project Fondecyt 11180121 and Fondequip EQM190057 as well as the VID of the University of Chile in the framework of "U-Inicia UI013/2018". HLC acknowledges financial support from Fapergs/Brazil (No. 19/2551-0001849-5) and CNPq/Brazil (No. 305453/ 2017-3). JS thanks the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for financial support in the project FH-Europa 2020: MACH-XLT (No. 13FH009EX0).

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