Toughening mechanisms in core-shell rubber modified polycarbonate Academic Article uri icon


  • We have conducted a study of toughening mechanisms in rubber modified polycarbonate systems in order to evaluate the sequence of deformation events which improve fracture toughness. We conclude that cavitation of the rubber particles occurs first, followed by massive shear yielding of the matrix material. The size and shape of the deformation zone created in front of the crack is governed by the mechanical properties of the rubber particles and the stress state at the crack tip. The importance of using a variety of analytical techniques to characterize deformation mechanism is also illustrated. © 1990.

author list (cited authors)

  • Parker, D. S., Sue, H., Huang, J., & Yee, A. F.

citation count

  • 188

publication date

  • December 1990