Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp 1409–1419 | Cite as

Temperature effects in the fracture of PMMA

  • G. P. Marshall
  • L. H. Coutts
  • J. G. Williams


Experiments are described in which the fracture toughness,Kc, of PMMA has been determined in the temperature range −190 to + 80° C and over the crack speed range of 10−2 to 102 mm sec−1. Single edge notch tension was used for instability measurements but the other data were obtained using the double torsion method. In the range −80 to + 80°C the variations inKc may be described in terms of modulus changes and a constant crack opening displacement criterion. Crack instabilities are correlated with isothermal-adiabatic transitions at the crack tip. Below −80° C there is an inverted rate dependence associated with thermal effects during post-instability crack propagation.


Fracture Toughness PMMA Single Edge Crack Speed Instability Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Marshall
    • 1
  • L. H. Coutts
    • 1
  • J. G. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentImperial CollegeLondonUK

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