Friction Performance of Aged T-BFRP Composite for Bearing Applications


Nirmal, Umar (2018) Friction Performance of Aged T-BFRP Composite for Bearing Applications. Polymers (Basel), 10 (10). ISSN 2073-4360

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The current work is an attempt to reduce friction coefficient of the treated betelnut fibre reinforced polyester (T-BFRP) composites by aging them in twelve different solutions with different kinematic viscosities. The test will be performed on a pin on disc (POD) wear test rig using different applied loads (5–30 N), different sliding distances (0–6.72 km) at sliding speed of 2.8 m/s subjected to a smooth stainless steel counterface (AISI-304). Different orientations of the fibre mats such as anti-parallel (AP) and parallel (P) orientations subjected to the rotating counterface will be considered. The worn surfaces were examined through optical microscopy imaging and it was found that the aged specimens had significantly lower damages as compared to neat polyester (NP) and the unaged samples. Besides, P-O samples revealed lower friction coefficients as compared to AP-O, i.e., reduction was about 24.71%. Interestingly, aging solutions with lower kinematic viscosities revealed lower friction coefficients of the aged T-BFRP composites when compared to the ones aged in higher kinematic viscosities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: friction, natural fibre, aging, polyester, composite, thermo-mechanical loading
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical Engineering and Machinery > TJ1040-1119 Machinery exclusive of prime movers
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 12:32
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 12:32


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