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Friction and wear at low temperatures


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    For indentors (steel G13L) lowering the temperature has no effect on wear in air or in vacuum.

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    For rings (steel 40Kh) Iowering the temperature does not affect the wear in air; lowering the temperature in vacuum sharply increases the wear.

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    The friction coefficient increases with decreasing temperature in vacuum; in air it is smaller than in vacuum and is independent of the temperature.

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    The friction surface is deformed more in vacuum than in air.

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Literature cited

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    V. F. Udovenko, FKhMM, No. 2 (1968).

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    R. Burton et al., Wear, No. 5 (1962).

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    F. Bowden and T. H. C. Childs, Proc. Roy. Soc.,312 (1969).

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    E. A. Ul'yanin et al., Metal. i Term. Obrabotka Metal., No. 7 (1967).

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Physicotechnical Institute of Low Temperatures of the Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR. Translated from Metallovedenie i Termicheskaya Obrabotka Metallov, No. 3, pp. 9–12, March, 1971.

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Presnyakova, G.N., Lyubarskii, I.M., Udovenko, V.F. et al. Friction and wear at low temperatures. Met Sci Heat Treat 13, 186–188 (1971).

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