Original Paper

Tribology Letters

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 3-7

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The Evolution of Tribomaterial During Sliding: A Brief Introduction

  • David A. RigneyAffiliated withMaterials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University Email author 
  • , S. KarthikeyanAffiliated withMaterials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science

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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.


Sliding Tribomaterial Vorticity Mechanical mixing