Basalt fibers are inorganic natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly, lower cost and are easy for processing associated with higher modules/strength. In recent years, these reinforcements are extensively selected for manufacturing of light, strong, and hybrid composite structures, leading to lower cost. In addition, basalt fabrics have offered a balance property based on easy handling during production step of composites and given a better performance when compared to other reinforcements such as glass, asbestos and aramid. This paper describes the two-body tribological properties of epoxy resin reinforced with continuous basalt fibers. These composites were manufactured through conventional open molding method. The tribological properties of the composites were studied with Taguchi L27 array against SiC papers. Wear rate and analysis of variance were adopted to find out the effects of various factors including load, sliding distance and hardness. The results indicated that the wear rate decreased with increasing load, speed, sliding distance while increased with hardness of samples. It was revealed that the most dominant factor was found to be hardness, whereas load, sliding distance, rotational speed were not significant. Further, the epoxy reinforced with 60 wt.% of basalt fabrics led to the better wear properties of structural parts, which was followed by 40wt.% basalt fibers.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Basalt, Hardness, Flexural and impact strength, Abrasive wear, Load, Distance