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Effect of shaft roughness and pressure on friction of polymer bearings in water
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Design (Div.).
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2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the Institution of mechanical engineers. Part J, journal of engineering tribology, ISSN 1350-6501, Vol. 228, no 4, 371-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, the frictional behavior of selected commercially available unfilled polymers, namely, polyether ether ketone, polytetrafluoroethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene against an Inconel shaft was investigated using a journal bearing test configuration in water-lubricated sliding contact. Dynamic friction curves were obtained for various shaft roughness values and polymer combinations. The results showed a significant influence of shaft surface roughness on running-in and steady state friction in water-lubricated conditions. Contact angle measurements revealed a significant increase in wettability of Inconel counterfaces. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of the surfaces suggests formation of a reaction layer on worn Inconel surfaces when sliding against the polymers. The influences of counter surface roughness and load on frictional response of polymers were studied through intermittent tests by obtaining dynamic and breakaway friction maps for different polymer materials, shaft roughness values, and pressure combinations. In general, a trend of decreasing friction was obtained with increasing contact pressure; however, the materials' frictional responses to variations in counter surface roughness were different. These results indicate that although a reduced counter surface roughness may be beneficial for dynamic friction of polymers in all lubrication regimes, it can adversely affect the materials' breakaway friction response.

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2014. Vol. 228, no 4, 371-381 p.
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friction, breakaway, polymers, Water lubrication
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Other Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144357DOI: 10.1177/1350650113506700ISI: 000332823500001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84899449518OAI: diva2:713430

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