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Sliding Metals Show Fluidlike Behavior, New Clues to Wear
September 11, 2012
Researchers have discovered a swirling, fluidlike behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another, providing new insights into the mechanisms of wear and generation of machined surfaces that could help improve the durability of metal parts.
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