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Journal of Composites
Volume 2014, Article ID 670659, 9 pages
Research Article

Performance Evaluation of Glass-Epoxy-TiC Hybrid Composites Using Design of Experiment

1CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013, India
2Surface Engineering Department, CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, India

Received 29 October 2013; Accepted 30 December 2013; Published 9 February 2014

Academic Editor: Suying Wei

Copyright © 2014 Sangita Mohapatra 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.


The present paper reports the processing and solid particle erosion behavior of a multiphase composite consisting of epoxy resin reinforced with E-glass fiber and TiC particles. The TiC powder synthesized from ilmenite employing DC extended thermal plasma technique has been used as the filler in these glass epoxy composites. It is observed that with increasing percentage of filler particles, there is significant improvement in hardness and erosion wear performance. It is also observed that, among all the factors, impact velocity is the most significant factor followed by TiC percentage and impingement angle, while erodent size has the least significance on erosion of the reinforced composite. Taguchi's orthogonal arrays have been used to identify the controlling factors influencing the erosion wear rate.