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Friction, Wear, and Erosion Atlas

1st Edition

By Kenneth G. Budinski

CRC Press

309 pages | 32 Color Illus. | 349 B/W Illus.

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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.


“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

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

About the Author

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.

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