Effect of carbon nanotube addition on tribological behavior of UHMWPE

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

215 Citations (Scopus)


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)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalTribology Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May


  • CNT
  • Composite
  • Wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of carbon nanotube addition on tribological behavior of UHMWPE'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this