volume 32, issue 16, P1126-1137 1992
DOI: 10.1002/pen.760321610
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Abstract: Brittle failure, a significant design issue for plastic components subject to impact loads, is especially catastrophic when the material is normally ductile. Such behavior is not adequately understood relative to the micromechanisms, controlling parameters, and design consequences in plastics. Previous work has identified the process of crazing as being relevant to these failures in thermoplastics. The relationship between crazes generated through mechanical loading and subsequent brittle failure of amorphous …

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