Impact Strength

Part of the Materials Science Series book series (MASCSE)


Impact strength is often the deciding factor in materials selection. Many otherwise satisfactory plastics are rejected for engineering and other applications simply because they have a tendency towards brittle fracture under impact loading. The problem particularly concerns materials that would normally be considered ductile on the evidence of tensile tests at low or moderate strain rates. Brittle fractures are especially likely to occur in this type of material if the component contains a stress concentrator, either as a design feature or in the form of an accidental scratch or other defect. The designer should always be aware of the possibility of brittle fracture in impact.


Brittle Fracture Impact Strength Impact Energy Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanic Rubber Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MaterialsCranfield Institute of TechnologyCranfield, BedfordEngland

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