Fracture of Thin-Walled Polyoxymethylene Bulk Specimens in Modes I and III

Peer Schrader, Anja Gosch, Michael Berer, Stephan Marzi

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Thin-walled polymeric components are used in many applications. Hence, knowledge about their fracture behavior in bulk is beneficial in practice. Within this study, the double cantilever beam (DCB) and out-of-plane double cantilever beam (ODCB) tests are enhanced to enable the testing of such bulk specimens in mode I and mode III on the basis of the J-integral. This paper then presents and discusses the experimental results following the investigation of a semicrystalline polymer (polyoxymethylen) under quasi-static load conditions. From the experiments, fracture energies of similar magnitude in both mode I and mode III were determined. In mode III, pop-in fracture was observed. Furthermore, the fracture surfaces were investigated regarding the mode I and mode III dominant crack growth mechanisms, based on the morphology of the tested material. For specimens tested in mode I, no signs of plastic deformation were observed, and the fracture surface appears flat. In mode III, some samples display a twisted fracture surface (twisting angle close to 45 ), which indicates local mode I crack growth. A transfer of the presented methodology to other (more ductile) polymeric materials is deemed possible without further restrictions. In addition, the presented setup potentially enables an investigation of polymeric bulk specimens in mixed mode I+III.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5096
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020


  • Experimental procedures
  • Fracture mechanical testing
  • J-integral
  • Polymers
  • Polyoxymethylene
  • Quasi-static loads
  • Tensile and shear dominated fracture

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