Abrasive wear of micro- and nanocomposites based on ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE): Part 2. composites based on UHMWPE filled by nanoparticles and nanofibers

S. V. Panin, L. A. Kornienko, N. Sondghaitam, L. R. Ivanova, S. V. Shil'ko

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The paper presents investigation results of nanocomposites based on ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene filled by Al2O3, C, Cu, SiO2 nanofillers. It is shown that nanofillers increase the abrasive resistance of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (at an abrasive graininess R240) to a much less extent (up to 55%) compared to microfillers. The structure and friction surfaces of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene and its nanocomposites have been studied by optical profilometry and microscopy, IR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy. It has been proved that the abrasive wear resistance of the nanocomposites depends weakly on the filler type, but is defined by the matrix structure (crystallinity, ordering) and the abrasive graininess of the counterbody. The wear mechanisms of ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-based nanocomposites in the presence of abrasives were compared to the conditions of dry friction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-459
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Friction and Wear
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012



  • abrasive wear resistance
  • nanofillers
  • optical profilometry
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • supermolecular structure
  • ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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