Tribological characteristics of sustainable fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites under wet adhesive wear

Singh, Narish and Yousif, B. F. and Rilling, Dirk (2011) Tribological characteristics of sustainable fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites under wet adhesive wear. Tribology Transactions, 54 (5). 736-748. ISSN 1040-2004

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Friction and specific wear rate of sustainable kenaf fibre reinforced polyurethane composite were investigated against stainless steel counterface and under wet contact conditions. The new composites were evaluated at different applied loads (50 - 80 N), sliding distances (up to 2.7 km) and fibre mat orientations. Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the damage features on the worn surfaces. The results revealed that sustainable kenaf fibres assisted to enhance the wear and the frictional performance of the polyurethane thermoplastic composite by about 59%, and 90% respectively. Operating parameters and mat orientation controlled the wear and the frictional behaviour of the composite. Better wear performance was exhibited at high loads and when the fibre mats were oriented perpendicularly to sliding direction. The observations on worn surfaces revealed different features of damage such as micro-cracks, tearing of fibre, fibre detachment and delamination. However, there was no trace of fibre pull-out at all the tested conditions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 02:15
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 02:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable fibres; thermoplastic; polyurethane; adhesive wear
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10402004.2011.597544

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