Fatigue crack propagation rates in injection molded nylon 66 were previously shown to be strongly affected by prior processing history. To provide a physical basis for the observed acceleration in crack growth rates, microtomed sections were cut through the tips of stable fatigue cracks and examined by optical microscopy. A reduction in spherulite size occurs with reprocessing along with an accompanying decrease in the amount of deformation at the crack tip. For the initially processed nylon 66 this deformati…
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