Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—Polymeric materials reinforced with synthetic fibers like glass, carbon, and aramid provide advantage of high stiffness and strength to weight ratio as compared to conventional materials like wood, concrete etc. In the light of these the present experimental study aims at learning the physico-mechanical and tribological properties of glass epoxy composite filled with a filler of MoS2. Hand layout technique is employed for preparing the samples, with varying weight fraction of bi-directional glass fiber. The ratio of filler is varied between 0 to 6 wt.-%. Specimens were cut from the fabricated laminate according to the ASTM standards for different experiments. The systematic experimentation leads to determination of significant process parameters and material variables that predominantly influence the wear rate. It has been found that wear rate increases with increasing abrading distance and for 4% filler optimized wear strength were achieved. Mechanical properties of composites are increases with increase of filler. The mechanical and wear behaviour of filled composites is more superior then unfilled composites.
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