Comparison of Wear Behaviour of Commercial Tire and Bearing Pad Rubber under Dry Sliding Condition
The consequence of load and sliding distance on the performance tribology of commercially used tire and bearing pad rubber was evaluated using a pin-on-disc method. The test was carried out under ambient dry sliding conditions with load of 2.5N, at sliding velocity of 0.369 ms-1 and with varying sliding distance ranging from 110m-2650m. The results showed that the sliding distance at the fixed load affects the wear rate of the rubbers and the weight loss increased with increasing the distance for both the rubbers. Wear rate also increases almost linearly to a maximum then attain a plateau with increasing sliding distance. The tire rubber showed the higher wear and coefficient of friction due to presence of natural rubber. The worn surface was characterized by optical microscope and SEM. The results show surface with shallow grooves width and depth increased as the distance increases. Oxidative wear was found to be the predominant mechanisms in the dry sliding.
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