Wear-out is a much more intractable subject than stress rupture, if only because of the literally hundreds of different wear processes that can lead to failure. In spite of this, a common approach to all wear mechanisms is highly desirable, otherwise design methodology becomes a never-ending topic. A common approach is certainly the target of this book. In principle this is readily achieved, because the methodology of stress-rupture can be carried over to deal with any wear. The only change in the mathematics is a representation of the ‘damage’ done by each load application; and for those items that survive, the derivation of a new strength with which to assess the reliability of the next load application — and so on.
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