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Solid Particle Erosion Of Basalt Fiber And Glass Fiber-Epoxy Composite

The solid particle erosion behavior of unidirectional basalt and glass fiber reinforced epoxy composites has been characterized. The erosive wear of these composites have been evaluated at different impingement angles (30-90°) and at three different impact velocities (23, 40, and 61 m/s). The particles used for the erosion measurements were steel balls with diameter of 300-500 mm. The basalt and glass fiber reinforced epoxy composites showed semi ductile erosion behavior, with maximum erosion rate at 60° impingement. As Compared to glass-epoxy composite, the basalt-epoxy composite shows good erosion resistance. The morphology of eroded surfaces was examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Possible erosion mechanisms are discussed