The effect of oil palm fibers as reinforcement on tribological performance of polyester composite

Yousif, B. F. and El-Tayeb, N. S. M. (2007) The effect of oil palm fibers as reinforcement on tribological performance of polyester composite. Surface Review and Letters, 14 (6). pp. 1095-1102. ISSN 0218-625X

Abstract

In the present work, the effect of oil palm fibers on tribological performance of polyester composite against a polished stainless steel counterface is investigated using a pin-on-disc machine. Wear and friction characteristics of oil palm fiber reinforced polyester (OPRP) composite and neat polyester were tested at different sliding distances (0–5 km), sliding velocities (1.7–3.9m/s), and applied loads (30–70N) under dry contact condition. SEM observations were performed on the worn surfaces to examine the damage features. The results showed that the test parameters significantly influenced the tribo-performance of OPRP composite and neat polyester. The presence of oil palm fiber in the polyester enhanced the wear property by about three to four times compared to neat polyester. In addition, the friction coefficient of OPRP composite was less by about 23% than that of the neat polyester. Wear mechanisms of OPRP composite were categorized by debonding, bending and tear of fibers, and high deformation in resinous region.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version unavailable.
Depositing User: Dr Belal Yousif
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 06:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: ntural fiber; polyester composite; wear; friction
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040607 Surface Processes
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1142/S0218625X07010561
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8668

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