Title

SOME CORRELATES OF THE TRIBOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS.

Abstract

From a tribological viewpoint, the combination of low friction and low wear on any counterface is most desirable. Self-lubricating materials, in the form of reinforced plastics (RP), are very attractive in meeting this objective but it should be noted that (a) not all polymers are cheap (high-temperature ones such as polyimides are quite expensive) and (b) the range of operation of RPs may be limited by their generally poor mechanical and thermal properties of polymers. The present work is concerned with fiber reinforced polymers from the viewpoint of correlating their wear rates and coefficient of friction with each other and with a number of material properties. The objective is to isolate the best correlation which would then have both design and pedagogical usefulness.

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