Tribology Letters

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 3–7

The Evolution of Tribomaterial During Sliding: A Brief Introduction

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11249-009-9498-3

Cite this article as:
Rigney, D.A. & Karthikeyan, S. Tribol Lett (2010) 39: 3. doi:10.1007/s11249-009-9498-3


This brief introductory article summarizes key findings from experiments and from computer simulations concerning the dramatic changes that commonly occur adjacent to sliding interfaces. We conclude that a wide range of observed features depends on a few basic processes (plastic deformation, interactions with the environment (including the counterface) and mechanical mixing) and that sliding leads to flow patterns similar to those expected in fluid flow.


SlidingTribomaterialVorticityMechanical mixing

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Materials Science and EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Materials EngineeringIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia