The friction and wear performance of surfaces is critical to the functionality of industrial mechanisms, engines transmissions and all manner of process plants, especially with regard to their efficiency of operation and life cycle costs. Whilst typically dominated by mechanical properties, it is increasingly realised that surface chemistry also plays a mojor role in determining the friction and wear behaviour. Thus in recent years there have been many attempts to formulate a basic understanding of friction and wear, and to develop equipments and test procedures which allow the study and standardised testing of couples for different applications. The theoretical and practical background to this subject is covered in this chapter.
|Title of host publication||Advanced Techniques for Surface Engineering|
|Editors||Wolfgang Gissler, A. Jehn|
|Place of Publication||Brussels|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
|MoE publication type||D2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material|
|Series||Eurocourses: Mechanical and Materials Science|