Rupture analysis of rubber in the presence of a sharp V-shape notch under pure mode-I loading
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Original versionInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences. 2018, 146-147 405-415. 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2018.08.008
The rupture behavior of styrene-butadiene rubbers (SBR) in the presence of a V-shape notch is investigated for the first time both experimentally and theoretically. In the experiments, V-notched samples of SBR are tested under tensile loading and their rupture displacements are determined. Afterwards and in the analytical field, the rupture loads of tested rubbers are predicted using the averaged strain energy density (ASED) criterion. The key idea of this criterion (i.e. the almost uniaxial state of stress field near the notch tip) is verified through non-linear finite element modeling. It is shown that good agreement exists between the predictions of the ASED criterion and the experimental results obtained for SBR. Moreover, the microscopic study of the ruptured surfaces of the notched SBR demonstrates its high roughness which can be attributed to the resistance of the rubber chains against the crack growth.