Influence of date palm fibre and graphite filler on mechanical and wear characteristics of epoxy composites

Shalwan, A. and Yousif, B. F. (2014) Influence of date palm fibre and graphite filler on mechanical and wear characteristics of epoxy composites. Materials and Design, 59. 264-273. ISSN 0264-1275

Abstract

In this article, mechanical and tribological performance of the epoxy composites based on graphite filler and/or date palm fibre are comprehensively discussed. The influence of the date palm fibre and/or graphite filler on the microstructure of the materials, tensile fracture samples, and worn surface of tribological samples are examined using scanning electron microscopy. The results revealed that interfacial adhesion of the date palm fibre with the epoxy is the key of the mechanical and tribological performance of natural fibre/polymer composites. The addition of the graphite is highly recommended for the natural fibre/polymer composites which can assist to reduce the friction which in turn enhances the wear characteristics of the polymer composites; however, the high content of the graphite deteriorates the mechanical properties.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 May 2014 11:05
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 04:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural fibre; graphite; thermoset mechanical; tribological
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2014.02.066
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24996

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