By Richard R Laverty

The Boeing Company, Philadelphia PA USA

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By applying Newton's second law, and making a collection of reasonable assumptions, students will derive a system of differential equations that model the path of a rigid particle as it gouges material from a more ductile surface. Examination of the solution will yield a formula for the volume of the gouge, that is, the amount of surface material eroded from a single impact.

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  • Richard R Laverty (2019), "5-090-S-SolidParticleErosion," https://www.simiode.org/resources/6010.

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