Tribological Characterisation of Air-Sprayed Epoxy-CNT Nanocomposite Coatings

H. R. Le, A. Howson, M. Ramanauskas, J. A. Williams

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    Epoxy-carbon nanotube (CNT) composites are promising coating materials for wear and corrosion critical applications such as marine bearings, shafts, bolts and gears. However, there are insufficient tribological data available for design. This article described the fabrication and tribological testing of an epoxy-CNT composite coating composed of a commercial epoxy primer and commercial CNT filler. The CNT filler was pre-treated so that it was compatible with epoxy resin and was dispersed using a ball milling process. A reciprocating sliding test rig was built for the measurement of friction and wear of the coatings which were subjected to multi-pass testing using the ball-on-plate sliding geometry. The rig allowed testing with either constant or varying normal force, along with measurement of normal and tangential forces. Thus, the coefficient of friction (COF) under ramping or constant normal force could be determined. Following testing, the samples were examined using an optical microscopy to determine the severity of any galling which had taken place. The coatings were found to display encouraging properties in all aspects of testing. COF values of around 0.2 were recorded under a nominal contact pressure up to 1 GPa. This coating can be used for components which require anti-corrosion and low friction properties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-308
    Number of pages8
    JournalTribology Letters
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


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