Strain rate effects on the mechanical response of polypropylene-based composites deformed at small strains

D. Pessey, N. Bahlouli, Said Ahzi, M. A. Khaleel

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The mechanical properties and response of two polypropylene (PP)-based composites have been determined for small strains and for a range of strain rates in the quasi-static domain. These two materials are talc-filled and unfilled high-impact PP. Uniaxial tensile tests were performed at different strain rates in order to characterize the mechanical response and the strain rate effect. The experimental results showed that both unfilled and talc-filled high-impact PP were sensitive to strain rate and exhibited nonlinear behavior even at relatively low strains. SEM analysis was conducted to obtain a better comprehension of deformation mechanisms involved during loading by observations of the microstructure evolution. For each of these two materials, two existing modeling approaches are proposed. The first one is a three-parameter nonlinear constitutive model based on the experimental results. The second is a micromechanically based approach for the elastic-viscoplastic behavior of the composite materials. The stress-strain curves predicted by these models are in fairly good agreement with our experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-697
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Science - Series A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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