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By Russell A. Carter, Contributing Editor

In the endless campaign that mine operators wage against abrasion of critical wear parts, it might be safe to say that metal wins the battles, but abrasion wins the war. After all, metal components are made strong enough to cut, crack, crush or grind even the toughest ore — but eventually these components wear down to the point of inefficiency or failure. The presence of water anywhere in the process brings another set of problems to the table, and often can shorten the service life of wear components by changing the nature of the abrasive action or by corrosion. There’s good reason why water engineers are fond of saying “water always wins.”

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