Wear: Materials, Mechanisms and Practice

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Gwidon W. Stachowiak
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 14, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 478 pages
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Tribology is emerging from the realm of steam engines and crank-case lubricants and becoming key to vital new technologies such as nanotechnology and MEMS. Wear is an integral part of tribology, and an effective understanding and appreciation of wear is essential in order to achieve the reliable and efficient operation of almost any machine or device. Knowledge in the field has increased considerably over recent years, and continues to expand: this book is intended to stimulate its readers to contribute towards the progress of this fascinating subject that relates to most of the known disciplines in physical science.

Wear – Materials, Mechanisms and Practice provides the reader with a unique insight into our current understanding of wear, based on the contributions of numerous internationally acclaimed specialists in the field.

  • Offers a comprehensive review of current knowledge in the field of wear.
  • Discusses latest topics in wear mechanism classification.
  • Includes coverage of a wide variety of materials such as metals, polymers, polymer composites, diamonds, and diamond-like films and ceramics.
  • Discusses the chemo-mechanical linkages that control tribology, providing a more complete treatment of the subject than just the conventional mechanical treatments.
  • Illustrated throughout with carefully compiled diagrams that provide a unique insight into the controlling mechanisms of tribology.

The state of the art research on wear and the mechanisms of wear featured will be of interest to post-graduate students and lecturers in engineering, materials science and chemistry. The practical applications discussed will appeal to practitioners across virtually all sectors of engineering and industry including electronic, mechanical and electrical, quality and reliability and design.


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5 Wear and Chemistry of Lubricants
6 Surface Chemistry in Tribology
7 Tribology of Engineered Surfaces
8 Wear of Ceramics Wear Transitions and Tribochemical Reactions
10 Tribology of Polymeric Solids and Their Composites
11 Wear of Polymer Composites
12 ThirdBody Reality Consequences and Use of the ThirdBody Concept to Solve Friction and Wear Problems
13 Basic Principles of Fretting
14 Characterization and Classification of Abrasive Particles and Surfaces
15 Wear Mapping of Materials
16 Machine Failure and Its Avoidance Tribologys Contribution to Effective Maintenance of Critical Machinery

9 Tribology of Diamond and DiamondLike Carbon Films An Overview

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About the author (2006)

Gwidon Stachowiak is Professor and Head of the Tribology Laboratory in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. He has published more than 130 journal papers and 90 conference papers. He has written/ contributed to several books, including “Engineering Tribology” (Elsevier, 1993) that is due for a 3rd edition in 2005 and which is considered to be the best book available in the field of tribology. His most recent title is Experimental Methods in Tribology”, (Elsevier 2004). He serves on the advisory board for the Elsevier Tribology and Interface Engineering Book Series, and on the editorial board of 7 different journals.

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