Cavitation resistance of composite films reinforced with surface modified alumina based particles on metal substrate

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Ahmed A. Algellai
Marija Miodrag Vuksanovic
Nataša Z. Tomić
Aleksandar Marinković
Marina Dojčinović
Tatjana Volkov-Husović
Radmila Jančić Heinemann


Composite films having the UV cured Bis-GMA (Bisphenol A glycidylmethacrylate)/TEGDMA (triethylene glycol dimethacrylate) as matrix and the ferrous oxide doped alumina (Al2O3 Fe) based particles were prepared and subjected to cavitation. In order to improve the mechanical and adhesion properties of composites  four different surface modifications of filler particles were performed: 3-Methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MEMO), vinyltris(2-methoxyethoxy)silane (VTMOEO),  (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane 97% (APTMS) and biodiesel (BD). Composite films were made with 0.5 wt. %, 1.5 wt. % and 3 wt. % of ferrous oxide doped alumina particles with each of the mentioned surface modification. The composite film was prepared on brass substrate and the films were exposed to cavitation erosion. Cavitation erosion was monitored using the mass loss and image analysis was used to observe surface defects. The composite film reinforced with Al2O3 Fe having VTMOEO as surface  modification was the most resistant one in terms of mass loss, as well as the level of surface destruction. Results were compared to the same polymer matrix film and composite films prepared with fillers having no surface modification and all composites having surface modified fillers exhibit some improvement in resistance to cavitation.


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Algellai, A. A., Vuksanovic, M. M., Tomić, N. Z., Marinković, A., Dojčinović, M., Volkov-Husović, T., & Jančić Heinemann, R. (2018). Cavitation resistance of composite films reinforced with surface modified alumina based particles on metal substrate. HEMIJSKA INDUSTRIJA (Chemical Industry), 72(4), 205–213.
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