ILARE BORDEASU, ADRIAN CIRCIUMARU, MIRCEA O. POPOVICIU, IOSIF LAZAR, RODICA BADARAU, IOAN GROZA CAVITATION EROSION BEHAVIOR ON THIN FILMS OF POLYMER BLENDS DEPOSITED OVER BRONZE SURFACES
The composite materials with polymeric matrix represent a great realization of chemical engineering. Their applications in all the industrial fields are dictated by their chemical, physical and mechanical properties. In the last 50 years the polymeric composite materials received a large use in the protection and repair work of the surfaces in contact with fluid currents of various natures. The scientific researches followed by the industrial use, show that the polymere films with certain composition and properties have an excellent behavior to chemical, abrasive and cavitation erosions. Because the most stressed machine details subjected to cavitation erosions are the blades, runners and impellers of hydraulic machines as well as the ship propellers, researchers are looking for the best polymers to increase the running time, or for the use in covering the zones with shallow erosions, during the repair work. In this direction is oriented also the present research, performed in the Cavitation Laboratory of the Timisoara Polytechnic University. The obtained cavitation erosion for specimens covered with different polymere films is compared with those realized in identical conditions, but for specimens without protection films. The results show that the films assure some increase in the resistance to cavitation erosion but the tested polymer layers have reduced adherence on the metal surface.
Keywords: polymeric blends, films, cavitation erosion behavior, pittings, SEM and EDAX analyzes