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Wear Reduction

More Details on Surface Property enhancement is to be found in the links below the table

Surface protection From Wear

Wear is defined as “surface damage involving a progressive loss of material, due to relative motion between it and a contacting surface or substance.   All contacting surfaces with relative movement are subject to wear.   Normally the method of eliminating and reducing surface wear is to provide a film of lubricant between the surfaces.   However the condition of the surface and especially its hardness has can be controlled to mitigate the negative effects of surface interactions. A hard material is more resistant to wear and abrasion compared to a soft material. Methods of providing a surface with desirable properties include:

  • Selecting a suitable parent material
  • Carburising (Case Hardening)
  • Nitriding
  • Coating Surface
  • Attaching an intermediate thin strip of suitable material


Links to Surface Enhancement Information
  1. Surface Engineering Notes Page on this site with more information
  2. The Science of combatting wear ..Informative 52 Page document
  3. TWI Surface Engineering ..Site contains much useful information
  4. Gordon England -surface wear notes ..Comprehensive notes on wear and wear reduction..

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Last Updated 17/01/2013