A new guide to friction, wear, and erosion testing is available from ASTM International, W. Conshohocken, Pa. Manual 56 by Kenneth G. Budinski is a resource for newcomers to tribology and a useful reference for more experienced readers. It provides details of how to conduct tribotests, including the pros and cons of different tests and pitfalls to avoid. It also suggests specific tests for addressing particular problems. The 76-page soft-cover book covers 112 ASTM standards that apply to tribology. It costs $77. (610) 832-9585 • www.astm.org
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Editor PickThe Need for Generalists: Part 4
Solving problems generally requires distinguishing good samples from bad ones. But that can become clumsy when one person runs the test while another analyzes the data.