Wear and Friction Behaviour of Additive Manufactured PEEK under Non-conformal Contact

Y K Chen, G B Lin, Z M Shukur, S N Kukureka, K D Dearn

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Tribological properties of laser sintered polyether-ether-ketone (EOS PEEK HP3) were investigated using a rolling-sliding test rig. This investigation aimed to study the wear and friction failure mechanism of EOS PEEK HP3. The main objectives included to conduct wear and friction tests under non-conformal contact, to monitor surface temperature, to carry out surface characterization with microscopy. With this rolling-sliding test rig, tests were carried out on an EOS PEEK HP3 specimen running against a steel disc unlubricated, with various slip-ratios under a contact pressure of 56 MPa, 48 MPa and 39 MPa respectively. Both wear and friction were measured. The results have shown that both friction and wear were increased with an increase of either slip-ratios or the contact pressures, exacerbated by high surface temperatures. It has also been observed that both friction and wear failures were associated with the degradation of the non-conformal contact surfaces due to crystallinity changes that correlated well with working conditions. Using microscopy it was found that such failures as pitting, fatigue and surface cracking were affected by the surfaces in contact, including the degree of melting of the surface. Based on the observation on the contact surfaces, the failure mechanisms of EOS PEEK HP3 include surface melting and contact fatigue failures with the high slip-ratio and the high contact pressure conditions. The findings of this investigation have the potential to help to design & develop additive manufacturing PEEK products. Typically, these results can be used in a design process for a more effective polymeric gear system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012046
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2024
Event7th International Conference of Engineering Against Failure - Spetses Island, Greece
Duration: 21 Jun 202323 Jun 2023
Conference number: 7


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