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Experimental and theoretical study of the rubbing process of epoxy composites against steel

Experimentelle und theoretische Studie des Reibprozesses zwischen einem Epoxid-Komposit und Stahl
Iskender Ozsoy, Abdullah Mimaroglu and Huseyin Unal
From the journal Materials Testing


In this study, the tribological behavior of epoxy composites was experimentally studied and analytically modeled using finite element techniques. Wear test and modeling were carried out for pin-on-disk configuration and under identical boundary and test conditions. The tribological elements consisted of Al2O3 filled epoxy composite pin and a steel disk. The tribological system was modeled two-dimensionally and a quasi-static analysis was performed. The wear amount and the developed stresses during the rubbing process were predicted and compared with the experimentally determined results. A good correlation between the experimental and analytical results were observed.


In der diesem Beitrag zugrunde liegenden Studie wurde das tribologische Verhalten von Epoxid-Kompositen experimentell untersucht und analytisch mittels Finite Elemente Techniken modelliert. Die Verschleißversuche und die Modellierungen wurden anhand einer Stift-Scheibe-Konfiguration unter idealen Rand- und Versuchsbedingungen durchgeführt. Die tribologischen Elemente bestanden aus einem Al2O3-gefüllten Epoxid-Komposit-Stift und einer Stahlscheibe. Das tribologische System wurde zweidimensional modelliert und es wurde eine quasi-statische Analyse durchgeführt. Der Verschleißabtrag und die sich während des Reibprozesses entwickelnden Spannungen wurden vorhergesagt und mit den experimentell ermittelten Ergebnissen verglichen. Es wurde eine gute Korrelation zwischen den experimentellen und analytischen Ergebnissen festgestellt.

*Correspondence Address, Assistant Prof. Dr. Iskender Ozsoy, Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Sakarya University, Esentepe Kampusu, 54187, Sakarya, Turkey, E-mail:

Assistant Professor Dr. Iskender Ozsoy, born in 1984, received his PhD from Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey in 2014. His research areas are mechanics of materials, manufacturing and testing of polymer composite materials and finite element methods. He is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Sakarya University.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah Mimaroglu, born in 1950, received his PhD from University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1972. His research areas are friction and wear, mechanical and tribological behaviors of polymeric materials and CAD/CAM/CAE. He is cuurently working as Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey.

Prof. Dr. Huseyin Unal, born in 1967, received his PhD from Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey in 1999. His research areas are manufacturing and characterization of polymer materials, tribological behavior of polymer composites and nondestructive testing methods. He is currently working as Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology, Sakarya University.


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Published Online: 2017-06-19
Published in Print: 2017-06-01

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