The research concerned the effect of notch severity on the fatigue behaviour of series of rubber-modified glassy polymers, consisting of a styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer with different amounts of an olefin rubber. Tests were conducted under displacement control and two different loading conditions. Both stages of fatigue lifetimes, that is, fracture initiation and crack propagation, were examined. It was observed that the initial notch severity determines the duration of the crack-initiation stage, while crack propagation does not depend on it. The crack velocity appears to be controlled by the maximum applied stress intensity factor, and the correlation does not depend on the rubber content. The results obtained have been interpreted by considering three different zones in the specimen during the fracture process: a far-field viscoelastic continuum, a process zone and a failure zone.

Effect of notch severity on fatigue fracture in a rubber-modified glassy polymer

RINK SUGAR, MARTA ELISABETH;FRASSINE, ROBERTO;
1994

Abstract

The research concerned the effect of notch severity on the fatigue behaviour of series of rubber-modified glassy polymers, consisting of a styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer with different amounts of an olefin rubber. Tests were conducted under displacement control and two different loading conditions. Both stages of fatigue lifetimes, that is, fracture initiation and crack propagation, were examined. It was observed that the initial notch severity determines the duration of the crack-initiation stage, while crack propagation does not depend on it. The crack velocity appears to be controlled by the maximum applied stress intensity factor, and the correlation does not depend on the rubber content. The results obtained have been interpreted by considering three different zones in the specimen during the fracture process: a far-field viscoelastic continuum, a process zone and a failure zone.
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