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Is wear law really Archard's law (1953), or Reye's law (1860) ???
In 1860 the mathematician and geometer Reye proposed a simple and elegant theory for explaining the consumption of a solid body when it slides with friction on a rough surface . Reye’s model became very popular in Europe (in Italy was promulgated by Panetti ), and it is still taught in university courses of applied mechanics. But, strangely enough, this theory has been totally ignored in English and American literature. Why? A paper from 2001 by Villaggio is interesting to read today.
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