Is electrical resistance analogous to friction?

In a circuit, an electric field is produced from a circuit element providing a voltage source. Electrons flow through the circuit undergoing collisions which provide a resistive force to the electrons such that the drift velocity is a constant. Impurities in the crystalline structure and thermal motion of constituent atoms are responsible for this resistive force. The description of impurities reminds me of friction on the microscopic scale.

My question is, is there a minimum amount of electric field/voltage required to initially accelerate the electrons to overcome the impurities? Such that one can have a resistive analogy to static/kinetic coefficients of friction?

Considering the definition of resistance from Ohm's law, I'm unsure about this analogy. If a minimum voltage needs to be applied in a circuit for current to flow, then the circuit resistance below this value is always infinity, such that in practice, we always discuss the 'kinetic' resistance.

• There is no minimum value of voltage needed for a current to flow, even a tiny voltage can produce a tiny current Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 12:48
• Always remember that any analogy in physics has its limits where the analogy breaks down. Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 14:23
• When mechanical friction is used as an analog to electrical resistance it is kinetic friction Commented Nov 23, 2021 at 14:55