Epoxy composite based on kenaf fibers for tribological applications under wet contact conditions

Yousif, B. F. and Chin, C. W. (2012) Epoxy composite based on kenaf fibers for tribological applications under wet contact conditions. Surface Review and Letters, 19 (5). pp. 1250050-1. ISSN 0218-625X


In the current work, kenaf fibers reinforced epoxy (KFRE) composite was developed. Adhesive wear and frictional characteristics of KFRE were investigated under wet contact conditions at different fiber orientations, considering different applied loads (50-200N) and sliding distances (0-30km). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the damages on the worn surfaces. The results revealed that fiber orientation plays a main role in determining the wear and frictional performance of the composites. Kenaf fibers, in normal orientation (N-O), enhanced the wear performance of the composite by about 35%-57%. It appears that the damages on the surface of the composite (N-O) were less than the other orientations (P-O and AP-O). Compared to previous work, KFRE has good potential of replacing glass fibers in tribological applications.

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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 / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 04:54
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 04:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite materials; adhesion wear; friction, surface morphology
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070509 Wood Fibre Processing
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1142/S0218625X12500503
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21990

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