Characterization of Microstructures and Toughening Behavior of Fiber-Containing Toughened Nylon 6,6
The toughening behavior of short glass fiber reinforced toughened polymers was studied using fracture mechanics and microscopic techniques. The essential work of fracture (EWF) analysis shows that the inclusion of short glass fibers not only provided a stiffening effect but also a toughening influence. It was observed that rubber-related toughening and fiber-related toughening were competitive in nature for the reinforced, toughened nylon 6,6. When the matrix stress was substantially reduced by the presence of short fibers via the load-shedding mechanism, rubber toughening was severely curtailed. At higher fiber volume fractions, fiber pull-out work contributed significantly to the enhancement of the specific essential fracture work. Fiber-end plasticity was evident under microscopic examination.
Journal of Materials Science
Wong, Shing Chung Josh; Sui, G. X.; Yue, C. Y.; and Mai, Yiu-Wing, "Characterization of Microstructures and Toughening Behavior of Fiber-Containing Toughened Nylon 6,6" (2002). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research. 380.