About the book
When the diverse types of wear reported in the different industrial segments are studied it is observed that, approximately, 50% of them are related to the action of “abrasive wear” and/or “micro-abrasive wear”, being occasioned, in many circumstances, by natural abrasives. In contrast, the same abrasive materials that cause tribologic damage and financial loss in machines and equipment used in mechanical, metallurgical, materials, mining industries and agricultural sector, are applied on the analysis of dental materials, biomaterials adopted in the manufacturing of orthopaedic implants and complements, as well as industrial processes of manufacturing: conventional machining processes, special machining processes, lapidation and polishing. Consequently, the researches focused on wear analysis occasioned during work become important, as well as the scientific researches with the purpose of to study and to develop materials for the benefit of the human, like materials used in dental and orthopaedic areas. Thereby, this book aims to focus on the topics mentioned above, beyond general aspects related to natural abrasives.