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Lubrication Film Wear, Track Wear

Lubrication Film Wear, Track Wear

This particle is a typical elongated, tapered cylinder that has broken as a result of handling the tape.

Transmitted Off Crossed Circular Polarized Light and Reflected Darkfield Illumination


These particles are an example of lubrication film wear typical of roller-track environments. These include file cabinet drawers, desk drawers, and even overhead cranes. They are formed by the slight slippage that occurs during motion and the hydrocarbon film that develops on the metal runner over time. These particles are typically black, with an organic matrix and significant numbers of very small metal wear particles.

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