Research Papers: Friction and Wear

Abrasive Wear of Polymer Fibers Investigated by Reciprocal Scratching in an Atomic Force Microscope

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Michael Giordano, Steven Schmid

Department of Aerospace and
Mechanical Engineering,
University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mohammadreza Arjmandi

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Auckland University of Technology,
Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Maziar Ramezani

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Auckland University of Technology,
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
e-mail: maziar.ramezani@aut.ac.nz

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received April 16, 2017; final manuscript received August 9, 2017; published online October 4, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Zhong Min Jin.

J. Tribol 140(2), 021604 (Oct 04, 2017) (10 pages) Paper No: TRIB-17-1139; doi: 10.1115/1.4037728 History: Received April 16, 2017; Revised August 09, 2017

Three-dimensional (3D) woven fabrics have been considered by biomedical researchers to be used as load-bearing surfaces in joint and ligament replacements. In this regard, wear is a crucial phenomenon that determines material failure as well as biological response of body to wear debris. The current study evaluates various microscale screening methods with the aid of atomic force microscopy (AFM) for biocompatible polymer fibers that are used in 3D woven fabrics. Fibers in mono- and multi-filament forms were subjected to indentation, scratching, and line wear testing in dry and soaked conditions, and the effect of key parameters such as applied normal load, sliding velocity, and number of wear cycles was investigated. The area of worn material was determined by geometric approximation superimposed on the measured residual scratch of line wear. Moisture was found to lower the indentation hardness of some fibers while increasing the hardness of others. Line wear results clearly suggest ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to be the primary material for further investigation and that monofilament fibers should be avoided.

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Digital instruments dimension 3100 atomic force microscope used for the experiments in this study (left), and mounted silicon probe for tapping mode use in dry conditions (right)

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Fig. 2

Worn volume left by reciprocating line wear test in polypropylene (PP) after 20 cycles at 350 μN and 20 μm/s and illustration of the geometric approximation for wear area calculation

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Representative AFM images of (a) depths range from 204 to 101 nm and (b) depths range from 105 to 61 nm indentations and (c) scratch depths range from 52 to 30 nm and (d) scratch depths range from 150 to 110 nm scratches performed (material, environment, load): (a) PP, dry, 260 μN, (b) PET, dry, 300 μN, (c) PEEK, fluid, 210 μN, and (d) PET, soaked, 260 μN

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(a) Tapping-mode AFM image and (b) averaged surface profile identifying the geometric values for input into the plowing models of a plow track in a PEEK fiber performed under dry conditions with an applied load of 300 μN

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Indentation and scratch hardness results for: (a) PET, (b) PEEK, (c) PP, and (d) nylon monofilaments. Asterisks signify data are statistically different from the two other environments.

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Hardness results under dry conditions from indentation of: (a) bulk, (b) monofilament, and (c) multifilament materials, and results of scratch tests of: (d) bulk and (e) monofilament materials. Asterisks signify data are statistically different from all other materials.

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Wear volumes created during reciprocating line scratch testing

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Fig. 8

Wear coefficients observed during initial stages of line wear



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