Title: Experimental and characterisation of eroded surfaces of T-glass fibre embedded in polyester matrix

Authors: Mohammad Asaduzzaman Chowdhury; Uttam Kumar Debnath; Md. Shahin Mia; Dewan Muhammad Nuruzzaman

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur-1700, Bangladesh ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur-1700, Bangladesh ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, Gazipur-1700, Bangladesh ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, University Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

Abstract: The versatile applications of composite materials in different concerned mechanical processes at different environmental conditions, the damage due to striking of solid particles on T-glass fibre reinforced polyester is analysed under this study. The non-uniform geometrical shaped silica sand (SiO2) particles (300-355 µm, 355-500 µm, and 500-600 µm) are selected as erodent. During test, impingement angles 15°-90°, impingement velocity 30-50 m/sec and standoff distance 15-25 mm at ambient temperature are considered. Results reveal that the maximum erosion of targeted composite is found at 60° impingement angle which indicates the semi-ductile characteristics of test sample. The eroded surfaces exhibit micro-cracking, micro-cutting, ploughing and pulverisation at 60° impingement angle. The average roughness 5, 50 and 100 µm is obtained for 30°, 60° and 90° impingement angles, respectively. The surface characterisation is done by SEM and 3D SEM analysis.

Keywords: T-Glass fibre reinforced polyester; erosion rate; operating parameters; SEM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMATEI.2017.10011356

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation, 2017 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.159 - 172

Received: 29 May 2017
Accepted: 23 Jun 2017

Published online: 06 Mar 2018 *

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