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A volumetric contact dynamics model has been proposed for the purpose of generating reliable and rapid simulations of contact dynamics. Forces and moments between bodies in contact can be expressed in terms of the volume of interference between the undeformed geometries. This allows for the modelling of contact between complex geometries and relatively large contact surfaces. It also permits the modelling of rotational dynamics, such as spinning friction torque or the Contensou effect, when friction forces are distributed over a larger surface area. However, the volumetric model requires experimental validation. Models for simple geometries in contact have been developed for both translational and rotational motion; an apparatus has been developed to experimentally validate these models. This paper focuses on validation of the volumetric friction contact models. Measurements of forces and displacements will be used to identify the parameters related to the friction force, i.e.\ the bristle stiffness and damping, and coefficients of friction for metallic surfaces. The experimental measurements are compared with simulated results to assess the validity of the volumetric friction model.
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