The possibility of using polymers in agriculture milling equipment

Al-Sandooq, J. M. and Yousif, B. F. and Jensen, T. A. (2011) The possibility of using polymers in agriculture milling equipment. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.


In the milling process of grain, the equipment is subjected to tribological loadings. The current
work, a high stress three-body abrasion experiment, was conducted on pure polyester and epoxy polymers. In the tests, wear and frictional characteristics of the selected materials were investigated at different applied loads, speeds and test durations. Scanning electron microscopy was used to categorize the damages on the worn surface of the materials, with the current data being compared to the conventional mild steel results. The results revealed that there is high potential of using epoxy in agricultural milling machines. Compared to epoxy, the polyester polymer exhibited poor performance, due primarily to the lower hardness value of polyester. The wear mechanisms were macro- and micro-cracks, pitting, and fracture.

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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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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 05:20
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 00:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: milling equipment; tribology; three body abrasion; polymers
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070307 Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8614 Machinery and Equipment > 861403 Industrial Machinery and Equipment

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