Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2012, Page: 9-15
Influence of Titanium Carbide on the Three- Body Abrasive Wear Behaviour of Glass-Fabric Reinforced Epoxy Composites
C. Anand, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
S. P. Kumaresh, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India
Received: Nov. 28, 2012;       Published: Dec. 30, 2012
DOI: 10.11648/j.am.20120101.12      View  4156      Downloads  223
Abstract
The three-body abrasive wear of Titanium Carbide (TiC) filled and unfilled E-glass-epoxy (G-E) was experimentally investigated using rubber wheel abrasion tester (RWAT). The composites were fabricated by using vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) with 0-6 wt % of TiC in steps of 2 wt %. The mechanical properties of the TiC filled and unfilled glass fabric reinforced epoxy (G-E) composites have been evaluated. From the experimental results, it is observed that the mechanical properties of the G-E composite are better with the inclusion of TiC filler. The effect of abrading distance, viz., 150, 300, 450 and 600 m and two different loads of 22 and 32N at 200 rpm have been studied. Angular grained silica sand particles of size 200–250 µm were used as dry and loose abrasives. The inclusion of TiC filler in the epoxy lead to a significant influence on abrasive wear resistance of G-E composites. The volume loss of the composite has been determined and it increases with the increasing abrading distance. The morphologies of the worn surface of the composites were analyzed to understand the wear mechanisms by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
Keywords
Three-Body Abrasive Wear, Glass-Epoxy Composite, Titanium Carbide Filler, Rubber Wheel Abrasion Test, Scan-Ning Electron Microscopy
To cite this article
C. Anand, S. P. Kumaresh, Influence of Titanium Carbide on the Three- Body Abrasive Wear Behaviour of Glass-Fabric Reinforced Epoxy Composites, Advances in Materials. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012, pp. 9-15. doi: 10.11648/j.am.20120101.12
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