Replacing of glass fibres with seed oil palm fibres for tribopolymeric composites

Yousif, B. F. (2008) Replacing of glass fibres with seed oil palm fibres for tribopolymeric composites. Tribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, 2 (2). pp. 99-103. ISSN 1751-5831

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In the current study, the possibility of replacing woven glass fibres (WGFs) with seed oil palm fibres (SOPFs) as reinforcements for tribopolymeric composites is investigated. Mainly, two different polyester composites based on woven glass reinforced polyester (WGRP) and seed oil palm reinforced polyester (SOPRP) are developed. Different volume fractions (25, 35, and 45 vol.- %) of SOPFs were considered. The experiments were performed using a block on disc (BOD) machine and the tests were conducted under dry contact condition against smooth stainless steel
counterface at 2?8 m s21 sliding velocity, 20 N applied load for different sliding distances (up to
5 km). The wear mechanism was categorised using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The
results revealed that the steady state was reached after 4 km sliding distance for both WGRP and SOPRP composites. Seed oil palm reinforced polyester composites showed very high friction coefficient compared to WGRP. 35 vol.-% SOPRP composite exhibited a promising wear result, i.e. SOPFs are possible to replace WGFs in polymeric composites reinforcements whereas the wear resistance of the synthetic and natural composite were almost the same. The wear mechanisms for SOPRP composites were predominated by microcracks, deformation and pulled out of fibres while in the WGRP composite, abrasive nature was observed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version of paper deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Maney).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2010 08:09
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 03:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: glass fibres, seed oil palm fibres, wear, friction
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091309 Tribology
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070509 Wood Fibre Processing
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8605 Wood, Wood Products and Paper > 860599 Wood, Wood Products and Paper not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1179/175158308X383189

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