Corrosive Wear Review
Corrosive wear results from a combination of chemical and mechanical action. It involves the
synergistic effects of chemical attack (corrosion) of the surface, followed by removal of the corrosion
products by a wear mechanism to expose the metallic surface, and then repetition of those processes.
Since many corrosion products act to protect the surfaces from further attack, the removal of those Þlms
by wear acts to accelerate the rate of material removal. Corrosive wear can become particularly damaging
when it acts in a low-amplitude oscillatory contact, which may be vibration induced, in which case it
is called fretting corrosion.