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Tribological Characteristics of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Thermoplastic Composites

Praveen R N, Muruli D, and Sandesh S Nayak
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ekalavya Institute of Technology, Chamarajanagar, Karnataka, India

Abstract—The selection of material and methods for wear applications is an important part for both technological advancement and manufacturing activities. Materials application, performance and manufacturability are all key parts for the selection of wear resistance applications. Wear materials are used to reduce dimensional changes due to unwanted material removal, reduce frictional losses, to tailor the physical performance of a component and to provide physically stable working surface. Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) is a widely used thermoplastic. ABS polymers have a high toughness, satisfactory rigidity, and good resistance to heat, chemical, and environmental stress cracking. Molded articles with high dimensional stability and good surface quality can be produced by simple processing technique. It is essential to carryout investigations to characterize ABS thermoplastic composites for its wear behavior for tribological applications.

Index Terms—ABS, Friction and wear, Design of Experiments, Central Composite Design, Analysis of Variance.

Cite: Praveen R N, Muruli D, and Sandesh S Nayak, "Tribological Characteristics of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Thermoplastic Composites," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 361-372, October 2013.