Employing coatings is one of the most effective methods to reduce friction and protect contacting surfaces from wear. The deposition of protective coatings from thermosetting polymer powders has witnessed a rapid growth as an ecological, economic and energy efficient technology. During the last few decades, many new deposition techniques have been developed, and more and more tribological coatings have been made available. In this context, our present investigation tried, firstly to analyze the friction and wear behavior of electrostatically sprayed polyester powder coatings deposited on an aluminum substrate and secondly to focus on the response of these thermosetting coatings to micromechanical deformation under scratch test loading. The effect of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) solid lubricant fillers on the friction and wear behavior of polyester composite coatings was evaluated using a reciprocating tribometer under dry friction condition. The experimental findings show that the additions of graphite or hBN are effective in enhancing the wear life of polyester powder coatings. Meanwhile, under the same sliding conditions, the wear results revealed that the polyester coating filled with only 10 wt.% of graphite has a higher anti-wear ability compared to the polyester coating filled with the same weight fraction of hBN. Thus, the two reinforcing polyester matrix fillers play an important role in reducing the plastic deformation of the coatings and enhance the formation of thick third body between the sliding parts as the fraction of solid lubricant increases from 0 wt.% to 10 wt.%. From the scratch analyses, we deduced that coatings scratch behavior is severely affected by the kind and amount of fillers inside the polyester matrix. In fact, the best friction characteristic and scratch resistance are observed in the case of polyester coatings filled with very low amount of hBN (5 wt.%). © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Zouari, M., Kharrat, M., Dammak, M., & Barletta, M. (2014). A comparative investigation of the tribological behavior and scratch response of polyester powder coatings filled with different solid lubricants. PROGRESS IN ORGANIC COATINGS, 77(9), 1408-1417 [10.1016/j.porgcoat.2014.04.023].