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Tribology of Polymeric Nanocomposites

Friction and Wear of Bulk Materials and Coatings

The area of tribology deals with the design, friction, wear and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Polymer nanocomposite materials are increasingly common and offer remarkable improvements in the friction and wear properties of both bulk materials and coatings.This book gives a comprehensive description of polymeric nanocomposites, both as bulk materials and as thin surface coatings, and their behavior and potential use in tribological applications. It provides the preparation techniques, friction and wear mechanisms, properties of polymeric nanocomposites, characterization, evaluation and selection methodology. It also provides various examples of application of polymeric nanocomposites.

Primarily intended for R&D in academia and industry. Acts as a reference for mechanical engineering and materials science gradutates.


Published: April 2008

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53155-1


  • 1. Preface: Tribological Applications of Polymers and their Composites -Past, Present and Future Prospects2. Bulk Composites Against Metallic Counterparts2.1 Use of Spherical Nanoparticles 2.1.1 The Influence of Nanoparticle Fillers in Polymer Matrices on the Formation and Stability of Transfer Film during Wear2.1.2 Synergistic Effects of Nanoparticles and Traditional Tribo-Fillers on Sliding Wear of Polymeric Hybrid Composites2.1.3 The Influence of Nanoparticle Fillers on the Friction and Wear Behavior of Polymer Matrices 2.1.4 Tribological Behavior of Polymer Nanocomposites Prepared by Dispersion of Nanofillers in Molten Thermoplastics2.1.5 Sliding Wear Performance of Epoxy Based Nanocomposites2.1.6 Wear Simulation of a Polymer - Steel Sliding Pair Considering Temperature and Time Dependant Material Properties2.2 Use of Carbon Nanotubes 2.2.1 On the Friction and Wear of Carbon Nanofiber- Reinforced PEEK- Based Polymer Composites2.2.2 Wear Behaviour of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyethylene and Epoxy Composites2.2.3 Tribology Properties of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites3. Scratch / Wear Resistance of Nanocomposites / Coatings 3.1 Wear and Wear Maps of Coatings 3.2 Hybridized Carbon Nanocomposite Thin Films: Synthesis, Structures and Tribological Properties3.3 Friction and Sliding Wear of “Nanomodified” Rubbers and their Coatings: Some New Developments3.4 Scratch Resistance of Protective Sol-Gel Coatings on Polymeric Substrates3.5 Scratch Behavior of Polymeric Materials3.6 Wear and Scratch Damage in Polymer Nanocomposites4. Developments of Nanocomposites / Coatings for Special Applications4.1 Polytetrafluoroethylene Matrix Nanocomposites for Tribological Applications4.2 Development of Nanostructured Slide-Coatings for Automotive Components4.3 Friction and Wear Behaviour of PEEK and itsComposite Coatings4.4 Polymer Composite Bearings with Engineered Tribo-Surfaces4.5 Novel Nanocomposites and Hybrids for Lubricating Coating Applications


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