Fretting Wear and False Brinelling

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Fretting Wear and False Brinelling

Fretting wear and false brinelling: Fretting is friction wear of components at contact points caused by minute oscillation. The oscillation is so minute that grease is displaced from between parts but is not allowed to flow back in. Localized oxidation of wear particles results and wear accelerates. In bearings, this localized wear appears as a depression in the race caused by oscillation of the ball or roller.

The depression resembles that which occurs during Brinell hardness determination, hence the term false brinelling. An example would be fretting wear of automotive wheel bearings when a car is transported by train. The car is secured, but the vibration of the train over the tracks causes minute oscillation resulting in false brinelling of the bearing race.

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