Tribological properties of thermoplastic elastomer used in 3D printing technology

    Tadeusz Leśniewski Affiliation
    ; Wojciech Wieleba Affiliation
    ; Justyna Krawczyk Affiliation
    ; Krzysztof Biernacki Affiliation
    ; Mariusz Opałka Affiliation
    ; Tamara Aldabergenova Affiliation


The use of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) in 3D printing technology enables the use of this technology to produce prototype seals with an unusual shape or design solution. Tribological tests were carried out on a pin-on-disc test stand. The influence of contact pressure and sliding velocity on the friction coefficient of the TPE-steel friction pair under mixed lubrication conditions was analyzed. Based on the obtained tribological test results, it was found that the coefficient of friction of the thermoplastic TPE elastomer on steel in the presence of hydraulic oil (mixed lubrication) at a sliding velocity below 1 m/s does not exceed μ = 0.25. The obtained friction coefficient values are comparable to the results for other elastomeric materials used for technical seals. It was found that the influence of contact pressure on the value of the friction coefficient in the tested friction pairs is varied and depends, for example, on the sliding velocity. It was recommended to carry out research on the assessment of durability (wear intensity) and structure (porosity) of the material in elements manufactured using 3D printing to obtain full knowledge of the possibility of using these materials in the area of technical aircraft seals.

Keyword : thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), wear, friction, 3d printing, aircraft seals

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Leśniewski, T., Wieleba, W., Krawczyk, J., Biernacki, K., Opałka, M., & Aldabergenova, T. (2024). Tribological properties of thermoplastic elastomer used in 3D printing technology. Aviation, 28(2), 49–53.
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