# Can you overcome static friction by applying a force less than maximum force of static friction for an infinite amount of time?

Can you overcome static friction by applying a force less than maximum force of static friction for an infinite amount of time?

If: Fsmax = μs mg

Fsmax=(0. 74) ×(138) ×(9.8)

Fsmax=1000N

Force applied by a person to overcome the force of friction=990N

Does the object move if the person applies the force for an infinite amount of time? Does the objects atoms move if you view it under a microscope?

• The equation for Fsmax is mu_s*Fn (coefficient of static friction times normal force). Nowhere in that equation is a parameter for time... – BMF Oct 13 at 19:11
• Edited the question. – Zheer Oct 13 at 19:20
• Do you want a real-world answer, or an answer in an idealized world? Static friction is caused by small grooves and imperfections between the surfaces of objects, microscopic structures made of molecules and atoms which eventually decay. So, realistically, the objects under that constant force should eventually move. I think it's unphysical to ask what happens to real-world stuff after infinite time, in most cases. – BMF Oct 13 at 19:24
• In an Idealized world, it's also appreciated if a real-world answer/info was submitted/added as an extra. – Zheer Oct 13 at 19:35