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Materials, 2nd Edition by David Cebon, Hugh Shercliff, Michael F. Ashby

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Chapter 11 Rub, slither and seize: Friction and wear

Chapter contents

  • 11.1 Introduction and synopsis 228
  • 11.2 Tribological properties 228
  • 11.3 Charting friction and wear 230
  • 11.4 The physics of friction and wear 232
  • 11.5 Design and selection: materials to manage friction and wear 234
  • 11.6 Summary and conclusions 239
  • 11.7 Further reading 240
  • 11.8 Exercises 240
  • 11.9 Exploring design with CES 241

God, it is said, created materials, but their surfaces are the work of the devil. They are certainly the source of many problems. When surfaces touch and slide, there is friction; and where there is friction, there is wear. Tribologists—the collective noun for those who study friction and wear—are fond of citing the enormous cost, through lost energy ...

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