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Fracture toughness of a laminated composite
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2003 (English)In: Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives II, Elsevier , 2003, 355-364 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The fracture toughness of a polymer-metal laminate composite is obtained by mechanical testing of a specimen containing a pre-crack. The result is compared with a calculated fracture toughness based on the measured fracture toughness of the individual layers. The laminate is a material used for packaging. It consists of a thin aluminium foil and a polymer coating. A centred crack panel test geometry is used. Each of the layers forming the laminate is also tested separately. It is observed that the load carrying capacity increases dramatically. At the strain when peak load is reached for the laminate only aluminium is expected to carry any substantial load because of the low stiffness of the LDPE. However, the strength of the laminate is almost twice the strength of the aluminium foil. The reason seems to be that the aluminium forces the polymer to absorb large quantities of energy at small deformation. The result is compared with the accumulated toughness of all involved layers. A more elaborate model is proposed in the light of non-linear material behaviour and development of a fracture process zone at the crack tip. Possible fracture of the interface between the layers is discussed.

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Elsevier , 2003. 355-364 p.
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Laminate, aluminium foil, polymer, crack, fracture toughness
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Applied Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-10356Local ID: 0-08-044195-5OAI: diva2:838471
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2005-03-04 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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