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Polymers 2018, 10(10), 1066;

Friction Performance of Aged T-BFRP Composite for Bearing Applications

Centre of Advanced Mechanical and Green Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Melaka 75450, Malaysia
Received: 27 June 2018 / Revised: 20 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 25 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modification of Natural Fibres to Improve Biocomposites Performances)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: friction; natural fibre; aging; polyester; composite; thermo-mechanical loading friction; natural fibre; aging; polyester; composite; thermo-mechanical loading

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