Traceology, quantifying finishing machining and function: A tool and wear mark characterisation study
Paper in proceeding, 2011

Traceology is defined as the study of wear marks and its history in criminology and archaeology is briefly described. It is proposed that the concept of traceology can be extended to machined surfaces, particularly those produced by abrasive techniques. A taxonomy of wear marks is outlined which would encompass both pits and scratches. Taxonomic implementations such as the morphology rose and the morphological tree are introduced. The general principles of traceology are illustrated by case studies from criminology, archaeology and abrasive machining processes.



dental microwear

Abrasive machining

Morphology rose


T. R. Thomas

Halmstad University

Bengt-Göran Rosen

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Technology

H. Zahouani

Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes

L. Blunt

University of Huddersfield

M. El Mansori

Arts et Metiers ParisTech


0043-1648 (ISSN)

Vol. 271 3-4 553-558

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering



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