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Lach, R. ; Schneider, K. ; Weidisch, R. ; Janke, A. ; Knoll, K.
Application of the essential work of fracture concept to nanostructured polymer materials

The first part of the paper deals with a critical discussion of the methodical basis of essential work of fracture (EWF) concept with respect to the specimen geometry (especially the notch depth) and application to polymers. In the second part, an in situ testing device, which combines a tensile testing machine with an optical strain-field measuring system, has successfully demonstrated possibility of characterization of fracture behaviour of polystyrene–polybutadiene block copolymers and block copolymer/homopolymer blends as examples of nanostructured polymer materials. It has been shown that knowledge of the time evolution of the strain field close to the crack tips leads to a simple verification of the basic pre
condition for the applicability of the EWF concept, the precondition “plastic zone coalescence-before-stable crack propagation”.

European Polymer Journal 41



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January 2005


Nanostructured Materials