A Finite Element Approach to Modeling Abrasive Wear Modes

Martijn Woldman, Emile van der Heide* (Corresponding Author), Tiedo Tinga, Marc A. Masen

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Machine components operating in sandy environments will wear because of the abrasive interaction with sand particles. In this work, a method is derived to predict the amount of wear caused by such abrasive action, in order to improve the maintenance concept of the components. A finite element model is used to simulate various tips scratching a smooth surface. The model is verified by comparing the obtained results with a set of experiments performed earlier (M. Woldman, et al., 2013, Wear, 301(1–2), pp 76–81).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-718
JournalTribology transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2016


  • Abrasive wear
  • Wear modeling
  • Abrasive wear types


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