The fracture testing of ductile polymer films: Effect of the specimen notching
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The fracture of a ductile polymer film, a heterophase ethylene-propylene block copolymer, has been studied, combining a range of characterisation methods in an attempt to provide a better understanding of the intricate details that play an important role in the repeatability and reproducibility of the essential work of fracture test. The experimental factors that have a strong influence on the resulting parameters are clearly explained, with particular attention to the effect of the quality of the notches, the non-collinearity of the two edge notches in double edge notched tension specimens, and the lack of alignment of the specimen with the load axis once it is mounted on the load train. Furthermore, the influence of these experimental factors on the registered stress-displacement curves is also studied, and a criterion and the method for separating non-valid specimens are established.
CitationLeón, N., Martinez, A., Castejón, P., Arencon, D., Martínez, P. The fracture testing of ductile polymer films: Effect of the specimen notching. "Polymer testing", 1 Octubre 2017, vol. 63, p. 180-193.