Nonmonotonic fracture behavior of polymer nanocomposites

J.G. De Castro, R. Zargar, M. Habibi, S.H. Varol, S.H. Parekh, B. Hosseinkhani, M. Adda-Bedia, D. Bonn

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Polymer composite materials are widely used for their exceptional mechanical properties, notably their ability to resist large deformations. Here, we examine the failure stress and strain of rubbers reinforced by varying amounts of nano-sized silica particles. We find that small amounts of silica increase the fracture stress and strain, but too much filler makes the material become brittle and consequently fracture happens at small deformations. We thus find that as a function of the amount of filler there is an optimum in the breaking resistance at intermediate filler concentrations. We use a modified Griffith theory to establish a direct relation between the material properties and the fracture behavior that agrees with the experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number221904
JournalApplied physics letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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    De Castro, J. G., Zargar, R., Habibi, M., Varol, S. H., Parekh, S. H., Hosseinkhani, B., Adda-Bedia, M., & Bonn, D. (2015). Nonmonotonic fracture behavior of polymer nanocomposites. Applied physics letters, 106(22), [221904].