Flexural creep behavior of discontinuous thermoplastic composites: Non-linear viscoelastic modeling and time-temperature-stress superposition

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  • Flexural creep behavior of nylon 6/6, polypropylene and high-density polyethylene long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites was studied according to ASTM D-2990. Neat polymers were tested for baseline data and compared with the 40 wt.% E-glass reinforced LFTs, all processed by compression molding. All materials exhibited non-linear viscoelasticity and showed a succession in creep resistance consistent with static flexural yield strength. A four parameter empirical model used for short fiber thermoplastics (SFT), proposed by Hadid et al., was found to provide an excellent fit to the experimental data. Time-compliance data from flexural creep and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) were combined to utilize short-term flexural creep tests to predict lifetime of the composites. A time-temperature-stress superposition (TTSSP) procedure was used, where stress-based vertical shifts were applied in addition to horizontal shifts used in a traditional time-temperature superposition (TTSP). Master curves obtained by this method projected the long-term creep properties, the order of creep resistance being consistent with the flexural creep data. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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  • Chevali VS; Dean DR; Janowski GM
  • Start Page

  • 870
  • End Page

  • 877
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 6-7