Friction and Wear Characteristics of Plastic Materials White Paper Released

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Beth Summers
Curbell Plastics, Inc.
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Orchard Park, N.Y., October 6, 2021 – Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts, published a new technical paper for engineers and machinery designers evaluating plastic materials for friction and wear applications. 

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Plastic Materials for Friction and Wear Applications white paper introduces the science behind four distinct mechanisms of polymer wear: sliding wear, abrasive wear, impact fatigue, and rolling contact fatigue. The paper includes a review of the scientific literature as well as examples of real-world applications.  

The paper’s author, Dr. Keith Hechtel commented, “We often speak with engineers, designers, and maintenance managers looking for materials that resist wear to achieve longer service life. Polymer tribology is an expansive field of study and one of the most complicated subjects in the engineering literature. This paper is intended as an introduction to the topic. We welcome readers to contact us with their specific questions regarding plastic material selection.”   

This 17-page paper includes charts, graphs, and illustrations demystifying the most common friction and wear frustrations that engineers and designers run up against. The paper concludes with a process to identify plastic materials as candidates for use in friction and wear applications.

Download a complimentary copy of this friction and wear white paper.

About Curbell Plastics, Inc.

Curbell Plastics grew into one of the nation’s top plastic materials suppliers by investing for the long term and focusing foremost on the needs of its customers — a strategy that has set the company apart since its founding in 1942. 

Curbell supplies performance plastics — durable and lightweight materials that minimize energy consumption and add value to countless commercial and industrial applications — to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. The company also offers plastic films, adhesives, sealants, tapes, prototyping and tooling materials, and fabricated plastic parts. Its innovative services include a nationwide team of material experts to help customers solve engineering and application challenges. 

Curbell Plastics, a privately held subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., has 21 locations nationwide and is based in Orchard Park, New York. It has ISO 9001 certification for eight of its locations and its corporate headquarters, and it maintains ITAR and EAR compliance company-wide.