New Developments in Toughness Evaluation of Polymers and Compounds by Fracture Mechanics

  • W. Grellmann
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)


The application of fracture mechanics to the estimation of the failure reliability of products made of polymers and compounds, as well as an evaluation method for quality control and material development, requires geometry-independent parameters which react extraordinarily sensitively to structural changes in the materials. An essential prerequisite for a theoretically well-based material optimization is a knowledge about the connections of strength- and toughness-determined deformation and fracture mechanisms to structural quantities.


Crack Initiation Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanic Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Stable Crack Growth Dynamic Fracture Toughness 
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  • W. Grellmann
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  1. 1.MerseburgGermany

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