Abstract It is time consuming or even impossible to simulate the whole process of fretting wear, since it always involves millions of cyclic loadings. This paper focuses on the modeling and evaluation method of fretting wear for the typical bridge type fretting test with a flat pad. The frictional work on the contact interface is chosen as the parameter to evaluate the fretting wear. To verify the fretting wear model, the predicted wear profile is compared with that obtained by the experimental results. Fretting wear always includes plastic deformations due to the edge stress singularity. The effect of cumulative plastic deformation is also taken into account in the wear model. The role of the coefficient of friction at the contact interface on the fretting wear has also been discussed.