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Crack velocities in natural rubber


Measurements are reported of the limiting velocity of a running crack in biaxially stretched sheets of unfilled and carbon-black-filled natural rubber. The crack velocity was found to increase with the cleavage strain,e y , and also with the strain,e x , parallel to the direction of tearing, reaching values of over 100 m sec−1 at the highest strain levels employed. These crack velocities are shown to be close to those predicted by Mott's theory, i.e., about one-third of the velocity of sound, when a strong strain-dependence is recognized for the velocity of sound in rubber.

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Gent, A.N., Marteny, P. Crack velocities in natural rubber. J Mater Sci 17, 2955–2960 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00644675

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  • Polymer
  • Rubber
  • High Strain
  • Natural Rubber
  • Strain Level