Scanning Electron Microscopy Studies on Tear and Wear Failure of Short Kevlar Fiber-Thermoplastic- Polyurethane Composite

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Scanning Electron Microscopy Studies on Tear and Wear Failure of Short Kevlar Fiber-Thermoplastic- Polyurethane Composite

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Title: Scanning Electron Microscopy Studies on Tear and Wear Failure of Short Kevlar Fiber-Thermoplastic- Polyurethane Composite
Author: Sunil K Narayanankutty
Abstract: Tear and wear properties of short kevlar fiber, thermoplastic polcurethane (TPU) composite with respect to fiber loading-and fiber onentation has been studied and the fracture surfaces were examined under scanning electron microscope (SEM). Tear strength first decreased up to 20 phr fiber loading and then gradually increased with increasing fiber loading. Anisotropy in tear strength was evident beyond a fiber loading of 20 phr. Tear fracture surface of unfilled TPU showed sinusoidal folding characteristics of high strength matrix. At low fiber loading the tear failure was mainly due to fibermatrix failure whereas at higher fiber loading the failure occurred by fiber breakage. Abrasion loss shows a continuous rise with increasing fiber loading, the loss in the transverse orientation of fibers being higher than that in the longitudinal orientation. The abraded surface showed lone cracks and ridges parallel to the direction of abrasion indicating an abrasive wear mechanism. In the presence of fber the abrasion loss was mainly due to fiber low.
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/882
Date: 1991-12-10


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