Plastic Materials for Friction and Wear Applications

Engineers, designers, and maintenance managers often look for materials with suitable friction and wear characteristics that will resist degradation and wear to extend the service life of their plastic parts.

Although many plastic materials are described as having, “excellent wear performance”, the science of friction and wear behavior of plastics is complicated.

This white paper introduces key concepts to consider when selecting plastic materials for friction and wear applications and introduces the science behind four distinct mechanisms of polymer wear including:

  • Sliding wear
  • Abrasive wear
  • Impact fatigue
  • Rolling contact fatigue

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Our experienced sales and technical teams are available to assist you with material selection challenges.

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