LAVINIA MADALINA MICU, IOSIF LAZAR, ADRIAN CIRCIUMARU, ILARE BORDEASU, LIVIU DANIEL PIRVULESCU,MIHAI HLUSCU NEW RESULTS REGARDING CAVITATION BEHAVIOR OF POLYMERS MODIFIED WITH ANORGANIC SUBSTANCES COATED ON BRONZE SURFACES Due to mechanical resistance characteristics, chemical corrosion and abrasive erosion resistance, the polymers are more widely used in equipments and installations that are exploited in different fluid hydrodynamic conditions. Among these applications there is the protection of surfaces of hydromechanic organs stressed by cavitation, like in hydraulic machines rotors and valves. Consequently, the research aimes the extension of using these and protection of other components surfacess hardly streesed by cavitation. The research in this paper points toward the behavior of modified polymer layer, coated on surfaces of bronze used in casting the propellers of maritim and river ships. The tests were performed in standard piezoceramic crystal vibrating equipment within Cavitation Laboratory of Politehnica University of Timisoara. The damaging intensity of equipment is much greater than any cavitational vortex, created by ship propeller, hydraulic turbine or centrifugal pump. The obtained results, compared to both recorded on uncovered surfaces with polymer layer and recorded on surfaces covered with HVOF composite materials layers, show an increased resistance that implies the increased exploiting duration of those surfaces.
Keywords: polymer, composite material, cavitation, film, layer, pitting, SEM and EDAX analysis