Until recently, the continental European trend was towards the finding of practical solutions in industry, rather than towards fundamental aspects or problems, typical for aerospace research. The first topic for detailed discussion is “abrasion and erosion.” In this respect, the classical work of the Russian and German schools is related to recent developments in Great Britain. Rain erosion and cavitation erosion are mentioned as “modern subjects” which are intensely studied all over Europe.
As a topic for discussion, adhesive wear rates second. Here, the influence of mutual solubility of the sliding components and the interplay with oxide film formation, tool wear, new developments in bronze bearing research, and wear in atomic reactors are discussed.
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