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Modified essential work of fracture model for polymer fracture
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Kai Duan, X Hu, G Stachowiak
The well-known essential work of fracture model, describing the linear relationship between fracture energy and un-cracked ligament length, is further extended to allow for any non-linearity in the relationship as this can potentially lead to a large error in determination of the essential work of fracture. Two different polymers, described in the literature, were chosen to show how the essential work of fracture of a polymer can still be determined in cases when a non-linearity exists in the relationship between fracture energy and ligament length. The new model specifies the condition under which the linear relationship exists, and the condition under which the non-linearity needs to be considered.