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The Fractography as a Tool in Failure Analysis—Possibilities and Limits

  • I. Kotter
  • W. Grellmann
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 247)

Abstract

Damage to plastic products often results in a fracture. Therefore, the fracture surface examination (fractography) is particularly important when performing failure analysis. By application of standardized fracture surface structures, the location of crack initiation and the direction of crack growth can be determined. Furthermore, the influence of temperature, type of loading, loading speed or stress due to media on the plastic product can be detected. It is very important that fractography is applied in combination with other methods of polymer diagnostics and analytics as a tool for damage assessment. In particular at filled and reinforced polymeric materials, the applicability of fractography is limited because of the jagged fracture surface induced by fillers and reinforcement materials.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Kotter
    • 1
  • W. Grellmann
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Polymer Service GmbH MerseburgMerseburgGermany
  2. 2.Centre of EngineeringMartin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalle/SaaleGermany

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