Tribological Behavior of Composites Materials

A special issue of Lubricants (ISSN 2075-4442).

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Dear Colleagues,

It is widely known that, starting from the last century, with the increase of industrial manufacturing, the needs for new types of materials have also been increased, to follow market demands, but also to provide high production efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Today, alternative, composite materials have wide applications in industry because of their good mechanical and tribological properties. As there are needs for different types of composite materials, research in this area is on the high rise. Scientists usually define five classes of composites based on geometry of reinforcement, particulate, flakes and fibers or type of the matrix. According to the main ingredients of composite materials, composites are usually classified into continuous (matrix) phases and reinforcing (fibers, particles) phases; the continuous phases can be formed by polymer, ceramic or metal components. The polymeric phases are further divided into thermoset, elastomer, and thermoplastic. By contrast, the reinforcing phases are divided into discontinuous and continuous and glass, carbon, aramid, natural, and ceramic.

One of the main reasons for material failure and equipment damage is recognized to be tribological phenomena in terms of friction and wear; thus, composite materials, because of their tribomechanical properties, are attracting attention both in academic society and industry.

This Special Issue aims to collect the latest advances in the tribology of composites and bio-composites, with particular attention to experimental investigations but also to mathematical and numerical modeling of contact phenomena. Contributions are welcome in terms of reviews and/or research papers from both academic researchers and their industrial peers, dealing with the latest developments in this topic.

Prof. Alessandro Ruggiero
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Keywords

  • Tribology
  • Friction
  • Wear
  • Contact Mechanics
  • Composites
  • Polymer composites
  • Metal matrix
  • (Natural) Fibers
  • Biocomposites
  • Nanocomposites

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Tribology of Natural Fibers Composite Materials: An Overview
by Marko Milosevic, Petr Valášek and Alessandro Ruggiero
Lubricants 2020, 8(4), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/lubricants8040042 - 4 Apr 2020
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In the framework of green materials, in recent years, natural fiber composites attracted great attention of academia and industry. Their mechanical and tribological characteristics, such as high strength, elasticity, friction, and wear resistance, make them suitable for a wide range of industrial applications [...] Read more.
In the framework of green materials, in recent years, natural fiber composites attracted great attention of academia and industry. Their mechanical and tribological characteristics, such as high strength, elasticity, friction, and wear resistance, make them suitable for a wide range of industrial applications in which issues regarding a large amount of disposal are to be considered since their environmental friendliness gives them an advantage over conventional synthetic materials. Based on the recent and relevant investigations found in the scientific literature, an overview focused on the tribological characteristics of composite materials reinforced with different types of natural fibers is presented. The aim is to introduce the reader to the issues, exploring the actual knowledge of the friction and wear characteristics of the composites under the influence of different operating parameters, as well as the chemical treatment of fibers. The main experimental tribological techniques and the main used apparatus are also discussed, with the aim of highlighting the most appropriate future research directions to achieve a complete framework on the tribological behavior of many possible natural fiber composite materials. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tribological Behavior of Composites Materials)
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