The present work reports of a series of experimental tests with two polymeric materials, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and a polyamide (PA), modified with the inclusion of additives, in terms of their tribological properties of friction and wear. Many thermoplastic materials are in fact used in applications with sliding contact and friction (as in journal bearings, supports…) and, to improve their properties, the polymer is modified with additives having the capacity to change the surface properties. Used additives are of several types: in this work a comparison is made between graphite, polytetrafluoroethylene, a silicone (siloxane), molybdenum disulfide, and carbon nanotubes. For each additive, different percentage in weight have been considered. All these materials can modify the surface properties of the base material exploiting different physical and chemical phenomena. Moreover, the presence of such additives can alter the mechanical properties of the materials sometimes reducing stiffness, strength, and strain limit. The work reports of the experimental methods obtained with a typical tribological test (pin-on-disk method) to measure the tribological properties of the compounds in terms of friction and wear, together with mechanical tests. The analysis will show correlations between the composition, in terms of type and quantity of the additive, on the properties of the compounds.

Tribological characterization of modified polymeric blends

Avalle, Massimiliano;
2018

Abstract

The present work reports of a series of experimental tests with two polymeric materials, a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and a polyamide (PA), modified with the inclusion of additives, in terms of their tribological properties of friction and wear. Many thermoplastic materials are in fact used in applications with sliding contact and friction (as in journal bearings, supports…) and, to improve their properties, the polymer is modified with additives having the capacity to change the surface properties. Used additives are of several types: in this work a comparison is made between graphite, polytetrafluoroethylene, a silicone (siloxane), molybdenum disulfide, and carbon nanotubes. For each additive, different percentage in weight have been considered. All these materials can modify the surface properties of the base material exploiting different physical and chemical phenomena. Moreover, the presence of such additives can alter the mechanical properties of the materials sometimes reducing stiffness, strength, and strain limit. The work reports of the experimental methods obtained with a typical tribological test (pin-on-disk method) to measure the tribological properties of the compounds in terms of friction and wear, together with mechanical tests. The analysis will show correlations between the composition, in terms of type and quantity of the additive, on the properties of the compounds.
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