On the effect of roller materials on the power window mechanism from a tribological perspective

Chee, S. B. and Shalabi, Ammar Al and Chin, C. W. and Yousif, B. F. (2009) On the effect of roller materials on the power window mechanism from a tribological perspective. In: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2008), 31 Oct-6 Nov 2008, Boston, MA. United States.


This study serves to delineate the effects of material on the lifespan of a polymeric roller rubbing against a steel wire. Four materials, namely nylon, polyester, borosilicate glass and epoxy are the manipulated variables in conducting a simulation with a steel wire. A block-on-ring machine was used to conduct the tribo-experiments under dry contact condition. In concurrence with average operating conditions, the machine was set to 0.15 m/s sliding velocity, at an applied load of 10 N. Worn surfaces of the polymer were subsequently studied under optical microscopy. Frictional and wear resistance results were presented versus time for a predetermined duration. There is a strong correlation between the wear resistance and material hardness but the contrary is found with elongation at break. Findings revealed better wear resistance in epoxy due to its higher hardness. The improvement attained with reference to nylon was approximately 68%. The optical images of worn surfaces which sustained scratches and grooves implied that the contact mechanism was that of abrasion.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2008 by ASME. 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: 03 Nov 2014 23:09
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 01:44
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090203 Automotive Mechatronics
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091206 Glass
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1115/IMECE2008-66112
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26300

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