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Chemically-assisted fracture of thermoplastic PET reinforced with short E-glass fibre

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The study of the stress-rupture lifetime of a PET/glass fibre system by means of fracture mechanics methods indicates the degradation of lifetime under an aggressive environment (10% HCl solution). The SEM-EDAX analysis reveals the depletion of calcium and aluminium elements from the fibre, and this is believed to be the cause of multiple fibre fractures. The fracture toughness is decreased because the role of fibre pull-out, which is the significant energy-consuming process, is negligible. A statistical analysis, from which the lifetime behaviour can be predicted, is carried out.

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Supported under the University-Industry Research Program of the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware.

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Lhymn, C., Schultz, J.M. Chemically-assisted fracture of thermoplastic PET reinforced with short E-glass fibre. J Mater Sci 18, 2923–2938 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00700773

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  • Polymer
  • Calcium
  • Aluminium
  • Fracture Toughness
  • Fracture Mechanic