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ISRN Tribology
Volume 2013, Article ID 739202, 11 pages
Research Article

Influence of Adhesive Wear and Thermal Degradation on the Frictional Characteristics of Paper-Based Friction Materials: A Comparative Study

1Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC), Celestijnenlaan 300D, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
2Division PMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

Received 22 October 2012; Accepted 20 November 2012

Academic Editors: M. Kuciej and Y. Lu

Copyright © 2013 Agusmian Partogi Ompusunggu 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.


This paper discusses the effects of adhesive wear and thermal degradation on the dry frictional characteristics of paper-based friction materials against steel material. Some commercial paper-based friction materials typically used for clutch applications were subjected to adhesive wear and thermal degradation and the dry frictional characteristics were then measured at different states on a rotational tribometer. The experimental results reveal that both adhesive wear and thermal degradation have opposite effects on the frictional characteristics, where the static and kinetic coefficients of friction increase due to adhesive wear but decrease due to thermal degradation.