Friction and mechanical properties of amino-treated graphene-filled epoxy composites: Modification conditions and filler content

Tianjiao Bao, Zhiyong Wang, Yan Zhao, Yan Wang, Xiaosu Yi

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Abstract

It remains a challenge for graphene to reach its full potential as a lubricant and wear-resistant material in thermosetting resin composites. In this study, the mechanical properties and friction properties of amino-treated graphene-filled epoxy composites, which were influenced by the conditions for the modification of graphene and filler content, were investigated. The mechanical properties were measured by tensile examination and the tribological properties were determined using a ball-on-disk tribometer. The results showed that the composite filled with amino-treated graphene for a short reaction time exhibited the best tribological behavior, where the friction coefficient was 57.9% lower than that of the pure resin and the wear rate was 92.2% less than that of the neat resin. Simultaneously, this amino-treated graphene also resulted in enhanced mechanical properties and Tg in the nanocomposite, implying its good crosslinking network and strong interface strength. The wear track analysis demonstrated that the excellent wear resistance was induced by its improved toughness, which restrained the crack propagation of fatigue wear and decreased the size of debris, promoting the formation of a transfer film, and thus protecting the contact surface. The tribological properties also varied with the concentration of the nanofiller, which showed the best performance at 0.2 wt%. Through the optimization of the modification conditions and concentration, this work highlights a promising strategy for the application of graphene-related materials in the field of tribology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26646-26657
Number of pages12
JournalRSC Advances
Volume10
Issue number45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)

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