Title: Modified erosion wear characteristics of glass-polyester composites by Silicon Carbide filling: a parametric study using Taguchi technique

Authors: Amar Patnaik, Alok Satapathy, S.S. Mahapatra, R.R. Dash

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur 177005, Hamirpur (H.P), India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008, Orissa, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008, Orissa, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Gunupur 765022, India

Abstract: Polymer composites with SiC reinforcement have received increased attention for applications in erosive environment because of their light weight and unique properties. Thus, it has become extremely important to investigate their erosion characteristics extensively. This paper describes the development of a theoretical model to estimate wear rate on solid particle erosion of a multi-component composite system consisting of a polyester resin reinforced with glass fibre and particles. Taguchi|s orthogonal arrays are used for analysis of experiential results. It identifies significant control factors influencing the erosion wear and also outlines significant interaction effects.

Keywords: e-glass fibres; mathematical modelling; Taguchi methods; GAs; genetic algorithms; erosion wear; glass-polyester composites; silicon carbide filling; polymer composites; orthogonal arrays.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2010.032096

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2010 Vol.38 No.2/3, pp.131 - 152

Published online: 10 Mar 2010 *

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