Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 16, pp 4308–4314 | Cite as

Fracture characteristics of high impact polystyrene under impact fatigue loadings

  • Taner YilmazEmail author
  • Tulin Sahin
  • Tamer Sinmazcelik


This study analyses the impact properties of high impact polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is one of the well-known toughened polymers. The high toughness is given by the rubbery phase. The impact fatigue behavior of HIPS was studied with a Ceast pendulum type tester (Resil 25). The fracture mechanisms were examined with a scanning electron microscopy. The nature of crack initiation and propagation was investigated for small impact angles and three different spans. The impact angles of charpy hammer were chosen as 5°, 10°, 15°, 20°, and 25°. The fracture characteristics varied with the impact angle, the number of impacts, and the distance between supports. The rate of crack propagation was high at higher impact angles with lower endurance, and low at lower impact angles with higher endurance.


Impact Energy Impact Angle Crack Propagation Rate Impact Fatigue Repeated Impact 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering Department, Engineering FacultyKocaeli UniversityIzmitTurkey

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