Dry sliding wear of epoxy/cenosphere syntactic foams

Vyasaraj Manakari, Gururaj Parande, Mrityunjay Doddamani, V. N. Gaitonde, I. G. Siddhalingeshwar, Kishore, Vasanth Chakravarthy Shunmugasamy, Nikhil Gupta

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Abstract Dry sliding wear behavior of epoxy matrix syntactic foams filled with 20, 40 and 60 wt% fly ash cenosphere is reported based on response surface methodology. Empirical models are constructed and validated based on analysis of variance. Results show that syntactic foams have higher wear resistance than the matrix resin. Among the parameters studied, the applied normal load (F) had a prominent effect on wear rate, specific wear rate (ws) and coefficient of friction (μ). With increasing F, the wear rate increased, whereas ws and μ decreased. With increase in filler content, the wear rate and ws decreased, while the μ increased. With increase in sliding velocity as well as sliding distance, the wear rate and ws show decreasing trends. Microscopy revealed broken cenospheres forming debris and extensive deformation marks on the wear surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3761
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalTribology International
StatePublished - Aug 17 2015


  • Cenosphere
  • Response surface methodology
  • Syntactic foam
  • Wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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