Volume 45, No 2, 2023, Pages 226-236

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Analyzing the Tribological Behavior of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Particulate Filled Jute Fiber Reinforced Interpenetrating Polymer Network (IPNs) Composite by using Taguchi Optimization Technique


Kumar Vijayendra Gopal , K.R. Vijaya Kumar ,
J. Jayaseelan , G. Suresh , R. Vezhavendhan ,
R. Ganesamoorthy

DOI: 10.24874/ti.1448.02.23.04

Received: 16 February 2023
Revised: 22 March 2023
Accepted: 5 April 2023
Published: 15 June 2023


The tribological behavior of titanium dioxide (TiO2) filled with jute fiber reinforced interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) were studied by using a pin-on-disc wear test rig at dry slide conditions. During the study, 70 wt.% of epoxy and 30 wt.% of polyurethane have been chosen as the base matrix material. As well, various proportionate of titanium dioxide such as 0%, 3% and 5% have been utilized to fabricate the particulate reinforced IPN laminate. To do the wear analysis such as materials type (A), sliding speed (B) and applied loads (C) were kept as the influencing parameters whereas coefficient of friction (COF) and specific wear rate (SWR) have been seen as the outcome of the entire study. Taguchi technique was chosen to plan the entire experiments. Similarly, an orthogonal array and analysis of variance (ANOVA) was employed to examine the impact of process parameters on wear of the IPN laminate. Out of all, results show that, addition of particulate materials into the composite predominately increased the specific wear resistance of the IPN laminate significantly.


Jute fiber, Materials type, Sliding speed, Applied load, Coefficient of friction, Specific wear rate

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