The Hard Truth About Particle Contamination

13 May 2015

It has been proven that the No. 1 cause of machine failure is the degradation of component surfaces. These surfaces can degrade in a variety of ways, but the most destructive is via particle contamination. While you may already be aware that dirt is harder than most metals found in machines, do you know how much harder it is? Before analyzing the differences in the hardness of materials, you must first understand how hardness is measured. A quick Internet search for hardness measurements likely would yield three general methods: Rockwell hardness, Vickers hardness and …

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The Hard Truth About Particle Contamination

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