“Slip-stick" fracture and toughness enhancement in thermoset/thermoplastic polymer alloys under shear
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 April 2010
Using large-scale molecular-dynamics simulation of a generic model, we study the mechanical behavior of thermoset/thermoplastic polymer alloys under shear. We investigate the effect of thermoplastic mass fraction Γl and the thermoplastic chain length Nl. Our results show two different fracture peaks in the stress-strain behavior. The first peak occurs at around 60% strain followed by a stress plateau, and the system fails at around 90% strain. This “slip-stick” fracture is independent of shear rate and only occurs when Γl is less than the threshold concentration Γ* at which thermoplastic chains start to overlap. A micro-structural analysis suggests that the escape of thermoplastic chains from cavities near the fractured interfaces gives rise to slip-stick behavior. Slip-stick behavior has a strong chain length dependence and is only observed when Nl is greater than critical chain length Nlc = 40. Slip-stick fracture makes an alloy of Γl = 4.7% more than 40% tougher than a neat thermoset.
PACS: 61.41.+e – Polymers, elastomers, and plastics / 87.15.La – Mechanical properties / 87.10.Tf – Molecular dynamics simulation
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