Surface science perspective of tribological failure

Zunde Yang*, Yip Wah Chung

*Corresponding author for this work

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Two common tribo-failure mechanisms are discussed in this paper. The first mechanism deals with the role of asperity flash temperature in scuffing (severe adhesive wear) failure. The second mechanism is concerned with the generation and accumulation of wear particles in the contact zone in initiating tribo-failure. These failure mechanisms can be suppressed by controlling the surface geometry, incorporating the proper lubricant package and surface modification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • Coating
  • Flash heating
  • Lubricant
  • Scuffing
  • Surface modification
  • Wear debris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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