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Cavitation erosion characteristics of poly(methyl methacrylate) in a rotating disk device

Rao, Veerabhadra P and Rao, Lakshmana NS and Rao, Syamala BC (1983) Cavitation erosion characteristics of poly(methyl methacrylate) in a rotating disk device. In: Wear, 86 (1). pp. 119-131.

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Experimental results pertaining to the initiation, dynamics and mechanism of cavitation erosion on poly(methyl methacrylate) specimens tested in a rotating disk device are described in detail. Erosion normally starts at the location nearest to the center of rotation (CR). As the exposure time to cavitation increases, additional erosion areas or sites appear away from the CR and secondary erosion (induced by eroded pits) spreads upstream and merges with the main pit. The microcracks increase in density towards the end of the incubation period and transform into macrocracks in most cases. A study of light optical photographs and scanning electron micrographs of the eroded area shows that material particles are removed from the network of cracks because of crack joining and pits indicate particle debris. Optical degradation (loss of transmittance) is observed to be greater on the back of the specimen than on the front.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Wear
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2009 11:47
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/20765

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