In the present work, an artificial neural network (ANN) model was developed to predict frictional performance of a polymeric composite. The experimental dataset at different applied loads (30–100 N), sliding speeds (300–700 r/min), and up to 10 min of sliding duration was used to train the model. The ANN model was trained with a large volume of experimental data (7389 sets). In addition to that, ... [Show full abstract] fibre mat orientation was considered in ANN development. Various configurations with different functions of training were used to find the optimal model. As a result of this work, single-layered models with large number of neurons showed high accuracy, up to 90 per cent in prediction, when trained with the Levenberg–Marqurdt function.