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Discovery is key to metal wear in sliding parts


July 23, 2014

solid piece of metal sliding over another Researchers have discovered a previously unknown mechanism for wear in metals: A swirling, fluid-like microscopic behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another. The findings could be used to improve the durability of metal parts in numerous applications. Full Story

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