Mathematical analysis establishes that the well-known empirical linear wear law for the adhesive wear of metals is the consequence of the statistics of surface roughness and is almost independent of the assumed contact model. A strain ratio fatigue failure criterion (i.e. the Manson-Coffin low cycle fatigue law) coupled with a probabilistic treatment of surface asperity height distribution and surface contact provides, for the first time, a fundamental explanation for the formation of wear particles. © 1978.
Finkin, E. F. (1978). An explanation of the wear of metals. Wear, 47(1), 107–117. https://doi.org/10.1016/0043-1648(78)90207-7