Fracture mechanisms in rigid core-shell particle modified high performance epoxies Academic Article uri icon


  • The fracture mechanisms of a high performance epoxy system modified with two types of preformed rigid core-shell particles (RCSP) were investigated. The use of the preformed RCSP enables the control of the dispersion of the toughener phase in the epoxy, which, in turn, allows the mechanical properties of the modified epoxy to be optimized. The toughening effect via the RCSP modification is found to be as good as that via the core-shell rubber modification. The moduli and Tg of these RCSP-modified epoxies are virtually unaltered via the RCSP modification, when compared with the neat epoxy resin equivalent. The toughening mechanisms in these toughened systems appear to be predominantly crack deflection, crack bifurcation, and microcracking. Approaches for effective toughening of high performance polymers via rigid polymers are discussed.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sue, H. J., Meitin, E., Pickelman, D. M., & Bott, C. J.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Sue, HJ||Meitin, EIG||Pickelman, DM||Bott, CJ

publication date

  • April 1996