Adhesive and frictional behaviour of polymeric composites based on kenaf fibre

Chin, C. W. and Yousif, B. F. (2008) Adhesive and frictional behaviour of polymeric composites based on kenaf fibre. In: 2nd International Conference on Advanced Tribology (iCAT 2008), 3-5 Dec 2008, Singapore.

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This paper presents an attempt to use kenaf fibres
as a reinforcement for tribo-polyester composite for
bearing applications. Kenaf fibres reinforced epoxy
(KFRE) composites were fabricated using a closed
mould technique associated with vacuum system.
Adhesive wear and frictional behaviour of the
composites were studied against polished stainless
steel counterface using Block-On-Disc (BOD) machine
at different applied loads (10-100N), sliding distances
(0-5km) and sliding velocities (1.1-3.9m/s).
Furthermore, the effect of the fibre orientations, with
respect to the sliding direction, were considered, i.e.
Parallel (P-O), Anti-Parallel (AP-O) and Normal (NO).
The morphology of the worn surfaces of the
composites was studied using a scanning electron
microscope (SEM). The result revealed that the
presence of kenaf fibres in the composite enhanced the
wear and frictional performance of the epoxy. Applied
load and sliding velocity have less effect on the
specific wear rate of the composite in all the three
orientations. The composite exhibited better wear
performance in P-O and AP-O compared to N-O.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: Dr Belal Yousif
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 05:13
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2014 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: adhesive behaviour; frictional behaviour; polymeric composites; kenaf fibre
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics

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