A procedure for evaluating the positioning accuracy of reciprocating friction drive systems

Rong Tsong Lee*, Chii Rong Yang, Yuang Cherng Chiou

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The dynamic characteristics of stick-slip motion in reciprocating friction drive systems are investigated under dry contact using a 0.45% carbon steel pair. Based on this dynamic analysis, the stick-slip motion can be eliminated under certain experimental conditions depending upon driver speed, normal load and spring constant. The effects of normal load, driver speed, and spring constant on the positioning accuracy of the reciprocating friction drive system are examined under harmonic oscillation without stick-slip motion. Results show that at very low spring constants, the slip increases with increasing driver speed such that higher normal load has better positioning accuracy or smaller slip than does lower normal load. However, at high spring constants and high normal loads, there exhibits severe wear or peak at two limit positions on the sliding region. As a result, smaller normal loads have a better positioning accuracy than larger normal loads due to severe wear at high normal loads.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-404
Number of pages10
JournalTribology International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Positioning accuracy
  • Reciprocating friction drive system
  • Severe wear
  • Stick-slip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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