Investigation of the Mechanical and Tribological Behavior of Epoxy-Based Hybrid Composite


The main target of this study is to evaluate the impact of hybrid reinforcement using Al2O3 nanoparticles and graphite on the epoxy nanocomposites’ mechanical and tribological properties. Various weight fractions of the reinforcement materials, ranging from 0 to 0.5 wt.%, were incorporated into the epoxy. The aim is to enhance the characteristics and durability of the polymers for potential utilization in different mechanical applications. The addition of hybrid additives consisting of Al2O3 nanoparticles and graphite to the epoxy resin had a noticeable effect on the performance of the epoxy nanocomposites. The incorporation of these additives resulted in increased elasticity, strength, toughness, ductility, and hardness as the concentration of reinforcement increased. The enhancement in the stiffness, mechanical strength, toughness and ductility reached 33.9%, 25.97%, 25.3% and 16.7%, respectively. Furthermore, the frictional tests demonstrated a notable decrease in both the coefficient of friction and wear with the rise of the additives’ weight fraction. This improvement in the structural integrity of the epoxy nanocomposites led to enhanced mechanical properties and wear resistance. The SEM was utilized to assess the surfaces of tested samples and provide insights into the wear mechanism.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Engineering and Technology > Mechanical, Biomedical & Design
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Advanced Materials
Additional Information: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/). Funding: Grant Number (IFKSUOR3-107-2).
Uncontrolled Keywords: ceramic additives,epoxy nanocomposite,hybrid reinforcement,solid lubricant,tribological performance,Chemistry(all),Polymers and Plastics
Publication ISSN: 2073-4360
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 08:02
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-09-25
Accepted Date: 2023-09-21
Authors: Albahkali, Thamer
Fouly, Ahmed
Alnaser, Ibrahim A.
Elsheniti, Mahmoud B.
Rezk, Ahmed (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1329-4146)
Abdo, Hany S.



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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