Tribological behaviour of unidirectional carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites


Sahin Y., De Baets P.

13th International Conference on Tribology (ROTRIB), Galati, Romanya, 22 - 24 Eylül 2016, cilt.174 identifier identifier

Özet

Tribological behaviour of unidirectional carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy composites containing 42wt.% (CU42) and 52wt.% (CU52) carbon fibres fabricated by moulding technique was investigated on a pin-on-flat plate configuration. It is the first time to measure static and dynamic coefficient of frictions and wear rates of epoxy composites under heavy loading conditions. Microstructures of composites were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results indicated the carbon fiber improved the tribological properties of thermoset epoxy by reducing wear rate, but increased the coefficient of friction. At higher load, average wear rates were about 10.8x10(-5) mm(3)/N. m for composites while it was about 38.20x10(-5) mm(3)/N. m for epoxy resin. The wear rate decreased with decreasing load while friction coefficient increased with decreasing load. Moreover, friction coefficient of composites of CU42 tested at 90 N load was measured to be in the range 0.35 and 0.13 for static and dynamic component, respectively.