Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics
Fracture of Plastics
This article reviews the mechanical behavior and fracture characteristics that discriminate structural polymers from metals, including plastic deformation. It provides overviews of crack propagation and fractography. The article presents the distinction between ductile and brittle fracture modes. Several case studies of field failure in various polymers are also presented to illustrate the applicability of available analytical tools in conjunction with an understanding of failure mechanisms.
A.R. Shah, D.B. Edwards, Fracture of Plastics, Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics, Vol 11B, ASM Handbook, Edited By Todd J. Menna, ASM International, 2022, p 1–13, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v11B.a0006865
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