Europhys. Lett.
Volume 48, Number 2, October 1999
Page(s) 150 - 155
Section Atomic and molecular physics
Published online 01 September 2002
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i1999-00459-5

Europhys. Lett, 48 (2), pp. 150-155 (1999)

Where do polymer adhesives fail?

D. Gersappe and M. O. Robbins

Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

(received 26 February 1999; accepted in final form 24 August 1999)

PACS. 36.20Ey - Conformation (statistics and dynamics).
PACS. 61.41${\rm +e}$ - Polymers, elastomers, and plastics.
PACS. 68.35Gy - Mechanical and acoustical properties; adhesion.


We use molecular-dynamics simulations of a polymer film confined between two walls to isolate the factors that control where an adhesive bond breaks. Failure occurs either at the wall/film interface (adhesive failure) or within the film (cohesive failure). Most theories relate the location of failure to equilibrium interfacial free energies. However, we find that the location of failure coincides with the region of lowest initial yield stress and cannot be predicted from equilibrium interfacial free energies.


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