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Impact wear can be defined as the wear of a solid surface that is due to percussion, which is a repetitive exposure to dynamic contact by another solid body. This article discusses the volume (or mass) removal of material either at or under engineering contact stress levels and outlines a rational, semi-empirical impact wear theory. It illustrates a linear wear mechanism that occurs in print heads and repetitive impacts that take place in metallic machine contacts. The article concludes with information on plotting a wear curve for an originally plane, massive carbon steel machine platen subjected to repetitive compound impact by a hard, nonwearing spherical-ended steel alloy component.

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Impact Wear, Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology, Vol 18, ASM Handbook, Edited By George E. Totten, ASM International, 2017, p 343–350,

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