This article aims to determine the excited volume and penetration depth in the theoretical friction model of rubber sliding on a corundum surface. The theoretical procedure of the Klüppel friction theory was implemented using the power spectral density of the corundum surface and viscoelastic model for rubber. The power spectral density was obtained with a power-law mode using the height difference correlation function parameters calculated from a surface measurement taken with a profilometer. Viscoelastic model parameters for the rubber were derived from a dynamic mechanical analyzer. Empirical law for friction coefficient obtained from the side force experiments and simulations of a laboratory abrasion tester (LAT 100) were used in this work. The friction coefficient from the theoretical procedure was matched with the empirical friction coefficient to estimate the penetration depth and excited volume of rubber. The correlation between the theoretical and empirical model was satisfactory. Estimating the penetration depth and excited volume of sliding rubber provides an insight into the contact conditions near surface asperities and the volume of rubber contributing to energy dissipation during the frictional process.

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