Trouser tear testing of thin anisotropic polymer films and laminates

Trouser tear testing of thin anisotropic polymer films and laminates

Abstract

This research has investigated the essential work of fracture (EWF) from trouser tear test of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) films and their corresponding laminate using a convenient cyclic tear test method. Propagation of tear crack in these thermoplastics deflects from the initial crack path due to the material anisotropy. An improvement to a two-zone tear model for determining tear EWF was proposed for LDPE-like materials. Energy dissipation due to non-uniform bending of the trouser-legs was determined to be significant in EWF calculation of tearing and this was therefore considered in this study. To measure the tear EWF in laminates, contribution from delamination energy dissipation was accounted for.

Keywords

Trouser tear test, Essential work of fracture, Flexible laminate, Crack path deviation, Delamination

Citation

Islam, M.S., Andreasson, E. & Kao-Walter, S. Trouser tear testing of thin anisotropic polymer films and laminates. Int J Fract 219, 187–201 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10704-019-00389-3

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