Understanding the role of small scale roughness of ceramic flooring surfaces to improve shoe floor friction

Our third-year PhD student Manyu Chadha is presenting his proposal this week on the topic of Shoe-Floor Friction.

Slip-and-fall injuries affect over 100,000 workers annually and cost the economy over $10 billion in worker’s compensation. Current parameters and techniques to characterize floor-surface topography are unable to predict friction performance, inhibiting improvements in this area. Understanding the inherent relationship between the topography of flooring and the friction performance of a shoe is critical to reducing slip-and-fall accidents. The purpose of this proposed investigation is to probe the underlying role of small-scale roughness on shoe-floor friction. How does the small-scale flooring surface roughness affect the friction performance of flooring surfaces and what topography parameters take into account of the contribution?

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