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.
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