Effect of Graphite Concentration on the Tribological and Mechanical Properties of Filled SU-8 Polymer

Jitendra K Katiyar, Sujeet K Sinha, Arvind Kumar
2016 Tribology Online  
Different concentrations of graphite powder (particle size < 20 µm) were added for the enhancement in mechanical and tribological properties of SU-8 polymer. The materials were studied as thick coatings with thickness in the range of ~ 35-40 µm on glass substrate. SU-8 and SU-8/graphite composite properties were examined using atomic force microscope (for nanoindentation test) and pin-on-disc tribometer (for friction and wear). The surface characteristics were studied using Optical Microscope,
more » ... oniometer and 3D Profilometer. At 10 and 20 wt% graphite concentration, it was found that several properties were enhanced such as elastic modulus ~ 2.2 times, marginal increment in hardness and approximately same water contact angle and same surface free energy (SFE) as compared with those of pure SU-8. More importantly, 10 wt% graphite concentration has given two-times lower steady-state coefficient of friction and ~ 10 times more wear life compared to those of pure SU-8. The 20 wt% composite gave higher coefficient of friction but lower wear rate than the 10 wt% composite.
doi:10.2474/trol.11.152 fatcat:lf2nflqi4fhmzfbmjhqejpvtiu