Friction, Wear, and Erosion Atlas

Friction, Wear, and Erosion Atlas

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  • Includes hundreds of visuals depicting different modes of wear
  • Provides macro- and micrographs of surface damage
  • Offers schematics on material removal mechanisms
  • Explains every wear, erosion, and friction process
  • Contains a glossary of tribology terms with definitions


Friction, wear, and erosion are major issues in mechanical engineering and materials science, resulting in major costs to businesses operating in the automotive, biomedical, petroleum/oil/gas, and structural engineering industries. The good news is, by understanding what friction, wear, or erosion mode predominates in a mechanism or device, you can take action to prevent its costly failure.

Seeing Is Believing

Containing nearly 300 photos of component failures, macro- and micrographs of surface damage, and schematics on material removal mechanisms collected over 50 years of tribology consulting and research, Friction, Wear, and Erosion Atlas is a must-have quick reference for tribology professionals and laymen alike. Complete with detailed explanations of every friction, wear, and erosion process, the atlas’ catalog of images is supported by a wealth of practical guidance on:

  • Diagnosing the specific causes of part failure
  • Identifying popular modes of wear, including rolling and impact, with a special emphasis on adhesion and abrasion
  • Understanding manifestations of friction, such as force traces from a laboratory test rig for a variety of test couples
  • Recognizing liquid droplet, solid particle, slurry, equal impingement, and cavitation modes of erosion
  • Developing solutions to process-limiting problems

Featuring a glossary of tribology terms and definitions, as well as hundreds of visual representations, Friction, Wear, and Erosion Atlas is both user friendly and useful. It not only raises awareness of the importance of tribology, but provides guidance for how designers can proactively mitigate tribology concerns.

Table of Contents

Glossary of Tribology Terms
Abrasive wear terms
Non-abrasive wear terms
Erosion terms
Adhesive Wear
The mechanism of Adhesion
The role of speed, load, distance etc.
Appearance of adhesive wear
Measuring abrasion resistance
Differentiating abrasion from other wear modes
Rolling Contact Fatigue
Slip in rolling tribosystems
Testing materials for RCF
Impact Wear
Impact wear of plastics/elastomers
Impact wear in metalworking
Impact wear in mineral beneficiation
Lubricated Wear
Reciprocating systems
Plain bearings
Rolling element bearings
Metal forming
Use of potentiostats to study tribocorrosion
Slurry erosion
Slurry abrasivity
Liquid impingement erosion
Cavitation erosion
Solid Particle Erosion
Particle velocity
Liquid Droplet Erosion
Droplet damage to solids
LDE testing
Sliding Friction
Types of friction
Early studies of friction
Fundamentals of sliding friction
Measuring friction force
Factors that affect sliding friction
Sliding friction manifestations
Rolling Friction
Fundamentals of rolling friction
Testing for rolling friction characteristics
Dealing with rolling friction
Friction rules-of-thumb
Materials for Wear and Erosion
Ferrous metal alloys
Non-ferrous metal alloys
Surface Engineering for Wear and Erosion
Heat treating processes
Plating processes
Thin-film coatings
Special surfacing processes
Laboratory testing
Solving Tribology Problems
Building a solutions matrix
Material considerations
Surface engineering considerations
Laboratory testing
Hardfacing processes
Hardfacing fusion consumables and design aides
Thermal spray processes and consumables
Diffusion treatments
Selective hardening
Thin coatings and treatments
Platings and conversion coatings
Selected properties of engineering materials

Author Bio(s)

Ken Budinski holds a BS in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan and an MS in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA. He is a fellow in ASTM International, ASM International, and the Rochester Engineering Society, chair of the ASTM G02.5 Subcommittee on Friction, and a decorated technical contributor who has published over 50 journal papers and five other technical books. Formerly senior technical associate specializing in tribology at Eastman Kodak’s Materials Engineering Laboratory in Rochester, New York, he is now technical director for Bud Labs in Rochester.

Editorial Reviews

"Fundamental aspects of concepts are explained clearly and simply…[and] are supported by illustrations and images of worn surfaces. In addition the book contains a number of appendices, which provide useful engineering information related to tribology.”
—Raymond G. Bayer, Tribology Consultant, USA