Recent advances into the wear of advanced materials
In general, wear is currently defined as "the progressiveloss of material from the operating surface of a body occurring asa result of relative motion at the surface". It is related tosurface interactions and more specifically to the form of contactdue to relative motion. Wear is rarely catastrophic but does reducethe operating efficiency of machine components andstructures. At this time of economic crisis, this is a veryimportant field of study because of the huge impact the wear ofmaterials has on the economy.
The purpose of this book is to present a collection of examplesillustrating the state of the art and research developments intothe wear of advanced materials in several applications.
It can be used as a research book for a final undergraduateengineering course (for example into materials, mechanics, etc.) oras the focus of the effect of wear on advanced materials at apostgraduate level. It can also serve as a useful reference foracademics, biomaterials researchers, mechanical and materialsengineers, and professionals in related spheres working withtribology and advanced materials.