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Materials Matter: Optimizing Performance with Surface Finish and Lubrication

 Lubrication in mechanical power transfer systems can have superfluous or detrimental properties if not optimized relative to the surface finish of the components.

Materials and manufacturing processes have evolved to generate lighter, stronger, and more robust components to meet the demand for more efficient, highly loaded mechanical systems. The importance of the surface of these components relative to their operational performance was presented in the December 2015 Materials Matter column, “Gear…

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