The Mechanism of Fretting Wear

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I. F. Stowers

University of South Carolina, Columbia, S. C.

E. Rabinowicz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

J. of Lubrication Tech 95(1), 65-70 (Jan 01, 1973) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451736 History: Received January 21, 1972; Revised May 26, 1972; Online October 18, 2010


An experimental study has been carried out of wear and energy dissipation of contacts vibrated at high frequencies. The amplitude, number of cycles, and degree of lubrication were varied. In addition, an analysis was carried out of quantitative fretting wear results described in the literature. The results suggest that the material loss resembles that produced by unidirectional adhesive wear much more closely than it does that produced by other types of wear, and that in fact the amount of wear may be computed by the use of Archard’s equation.

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