Effect of carbon nanotube addition on tribological behavior of UHMWPE

Yeong Seok Zoo, Jeong Wook An, Dong Phil Lim, Dae-Soon Lim

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Abstract

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were added to Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to improve the tribological properties of UHMWPE. CNTs which have a diameter of about 10-50 nm, while their length is about 3-5 nm were produce by the catalytic decomposition of acetylene gas using a tube furnace. Ball-on-disc-type wear tests were performed to evaluate the tribological performance of UHMWPE composites reinforced with CNTs. The results showed that addition of carbon nanotube up to 0.5 wt% lowered wear loss significantly and increased friction coefficient slightly. Also through the scanning electron microscope (SEM), the surfaces of UHMWPE were observed and analyzed to discuss the tribological behavior of CNT added UHMWPE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalTribology Letters
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May 1

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Keywords

  • CNT
  • Composite
  • UHMWPE
  • Wear

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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Effect of carbon nanotube addition on tribological behavior of UHMWPE. / Zoo, Yeong Seok; An, Jeong Wook; Lim, Dong Phil; Lim, Dae-Soon.

In: Tribology Letters, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.05.2004, p. 305-310.

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Zoo, Yeong Seok ; An, Jeong Wook ; Lim, Dong Phil ; Lim, Dae-Soon. / Effect of carbon nanotube addition on tribological behavior of UHMWPE. In: Tribology Letters. 2004 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 305-310.
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