Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 23, pp 6338–6347 | Cite as

Study on friction and sliding wear behavior of woven S-glass fiber reinforced vinylester composites manufactured with different comonomers

  • S. R. ChauhanEmail author
  • Anoop Kumar
  • I. Singh


The effect of variations in sliding velocity and applied normal load on the friction and sliding wear behavior of glass–vinylester composite (G–V) is studied by measuring the weight change and observing the surface features of worn specimens using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The G–V composites were manufactured with Bi-directional woven S-glass fibers (65 wt%) reinforced with vinylester resin with different comonomers. Friction and wear experiments were carried at ambient conditions on a Pin on disc machine arrangement. The wear in the experiment was determined from the weight loss measured after running against steel disc at sliding velocities of 1, 2, 3, and 4 m/s and applied normal load of 10, 20, 30, and 40 N. The experimental findings show increase in specific wear rate with increase the applied load. Specific wear rate was maximum for the sample A (Styrene as Comonomer), intermediate for sample B (Methyl acrylate as comonomer), and least for sample C (Butyl acrylate as comonomer). It was also observed that increasing normal load and sliding velocity the coefficient of friction decreases. The scanning pictures show features like tendency for the matrix to adhere towards the fiber, debris formation, network of cracks, agglomeration of debris, and broken fibers depending on the load and velocity employed.


Friction Coefficient Wear Rate Wear Surface Methyl Acrylate Butyl Acrylate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Institute of Technology HamirpurHamirpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringIIT RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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