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Advances in Tribology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1035017, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/1035017
Research Article

Extruded and Injection Moulded Virgin PA 6/6 as Abrasion Resistant Material

1Soete Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Construction and Production, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
2Institute for Mechanical Engineering Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Szent István University, Gödöllo 2100, Hungary
3Laboratory of Tribology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to J. Sukumaran; moc.liamtoh@1bocaj_re

Received 9 February 2017; Accepted 27 April 2017; Published 24 May 2017

Academic Editor: Sandhyarani Biswas

Copyright © 2017 J. Sukumaran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Polyamide (PA6/6) is often used as a tribological pair in abrasion prevalent applications such as hinges and sliders. PA6/6 is frequently processed by injection moulding and extrusion process. It is known that these processes influence the polymers mechanical behaviour, but their influence on the polymers wear response has not been studied. Hence the present research attempts to study the influence of different manufacturing processes on tribological behaviour for PA6/6. Wear tests were performed on a pin abrading tester (DIN 50322). Abrasion resistance of both extruded and injection moulded PA6/6 were tested at different loads (20 and 35 N). Single-pass (nonoverlapping mode) and multipass testing (overlapping mode) were used to understand the influence of clogging of wear debris. It is evidenced that with increasing load the specific wear rate decreases; moreover, fine abrasives tend to reduce the wear rate. In multipass testing a transfer layer clogged on the counterface that acted as a protective agent and lowers wear rate. Poor mechanical strength of injection moulded polymers is apparently compensated by microstructural response for having a similar wear behaviour between extruded and injection moulded PA 6/6. Hence a proper balance between microstructural and mechanical characteristics is an absolute must in PA 6/6 for better wear performance.