Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 19, pp 8326–8333 | Cite as

Effect of organoclay addition on the two-body abrasive wear characteristics of polyamide 6 nanocomposites

  • G. Srinath
  • R. GnanamoorthyEmail author


Polymer clay nanocomposites (PCN) exhibit improved mechanical properties due to nanolevel dispersion of clay in the polymer matrix. They also exhibit good tribological performance under dry sliding conditions. Abrasive wear behaviour of these materials would be different from dry sliding behaviour as the mechanisms of the both are entirely different. Hence the abrasive wear behaviour of these materials needs to be investigated. The abrasive wear characteristics of polyamide 6 nanocomposites, with 1, 3 and 5% (wt.) clay prepared by melt intercalation technique, under two-body abrasive wear conditions have been reported. Abrasive wear tests were conducted using a pin-on-disc tribometer containing an abrasive counterface. All the polyamide nanocomposites investigated exhibited a low abrasive wear resistance compared with pristine Nylon. The wear performance of the nanocomposites was correlated with the mechanical properties. Dominant ploughing and cutting wear were observed in polymer clay nanocomposites. The amount of clay present alters the wear mechanism.


Wear Rate Abrasive Wear Wear Debris Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Wear Loss 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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