The influence of sample thickness on the fracture behaviour of an aliphatic polyketone and a blend of this polymer and 10 wt% core–shell rubber was studied. The sample thickness was varied from 0.1 to 8 mm. The skin morphology was studied by SEM. The fracture behaviour was studied on single edge notch specimen at a high strain rate (30 sK1) in the temperature range of K40 to 120 8C. The fracture stress, fracture strain and fracture energies were determined. The temperature development in the notch area was followed with an Infra Red camera. The cavitation of the rubber particles was studied on tensile bars with a laser setup. With decreasing specimen thickness the fracture energies increased strongly and the brittle-ductile transition shifted to lower temperatures this both for the aliphatic polyketone and the polyketone-rubber blend. The deformation in these materials in accompanied with a strong temperature increase in the deformation zone. The addition of rubber particles decreases the sensitivity towards the thickness. However, in very thin samples the cavitation of the rubber particles is more difficult and the rubber toughening effect decreases. The strong thickness effects on the fracture toughness indicate for both the homo polymer and the blend indicate that data from a standard test with 4 mm thick samples are not representative for thin walled applications.
|Publication status||Published - 2005|