Effect of Filler Materials on Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of Polymer Matrix Composites – A Taguchi Approach


The tribological behaviour of glass epoxy polymer composites with SiC and Graphite particles as secondary fillers was studied using a pin-on-disc wear rig under dry sliding conditions. The influence of wear parameters like, applied load, sliding speed, sliding distance and percentage of secondary fillers, on the wear rate were investigated. A plan of experiments, based on the techniques of Taguchi, was performed to acquire data in a controlled way. An orthogonal array and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were employed to investigate the influence of process parameters on the wear of these composites. The results showed that the inclusion of SiC and Graphite as filler materials in glass epoxy composites will increase the wear resistance of the composite greatly.

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S. Basavarajappa, K. Arun and J. Davim, "Effect of Filler Materials on Dry Sliding Wear Behavior of Polymer Matrix Composites – A Taguchi Approach," Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering, Vol. 8 No. 5, 2009, pp. 379-391. doi: 10.4236/jmmce.2009.85034.

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