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fretting (See fret)


1 agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams" [syn: stew, sweat, lather, swither]
2 a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion [syn: worn spot]
3 an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls" [syn: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern]
4 a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch


1 worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now" [syn: fuss, niggle]
2 be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"
3 provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"
4 become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe, gall]
5 cause annoyance in
6 gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, rankle, grate]
7 carve a pattern into
8 decorate with an interlaced design
9 be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat" [syn: choke, gag]
10 cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray, chafe, scratch]
11 remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces" [syn: erode, eat away]
12 wear away or erode [syn: eat away] [also: fretting, fretted]

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  1. present participle of fret

Extensive Definition

Fretting (or fretting corrosion) refers to corrosion damage at the asperities of contact surfaces. This damage is induced under load and in the presence of repeated relative surface motion, as induced for example by vibration. The ASM Handbook on Fatigue and Fracture defines fretting as: "A special wear process that occurs at the contact area between two materials under load and subject to minute relative motion by vibration or some other force."
Some examples include the pitting of bicycle headset bearings due to fork flexing, wear of bicycle cranks caused by precession of the harder steel pedal spindle, and car wheel bearings becoming pitted due to the rocking motion they experience when new cars are transported by railway.
There is a current focus on fretting research in the aerospace industry. The dovetail blade-root connection and the spline coupling of gas turbine aerogines experience fretting during their service life. Fretting damage is identified by the presence of rouge (iron oxide powder) and the rough, torn appearance of the pitted surface.

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fretting in Estonian: Fretingkorrosioon
fretting in French: Fretting
fretting in German: Fressen (Technik)

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