Micromechanical performance of high-density polyethylene: experimental and modeling approaches for HDPE and its alumina-nanocomposites

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Abstract

The scratch resistance of polymers is important for numerous applications, as scratching can lead to degradation of surface properties and also represents an elementary process in abrasive wear. However, scratching of polymers is a complex process involving several modes of deformation, and theoretical understanding of it is incomplete. Numerical modeling is a potentially useful means towards a clearer picture of the scratching process, but the central role of tip-substrate contact and highly localized large deformations makes finite element analysis (FEA) challenging. Here, we take further the numerical approach by investigating a highly ductile semi-crystalline polymer by FEA and taking the inherent rate dependency of polymers into account by using an elasto-viscoplastic material model. Two γ-Al2O3 and f-Al2O3 HDPE nanocomposites, which have shown themselves to be suitable for tribological applications, are studied. We discussed the effect of nanofillers on the scratch behavior and highlight the significance of recovery properties, which still pose a challenge to numerical modeling.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106936
JournalPolymer Testing
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Polyethylene
  • Nanocomposite
  • Scratch test
  • Visco-elasto-plasticity
  • Finite element analysis

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