Surface damage of polymers in nanoscale
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Surface damage of polymers in the nanometer-range is examined and results correlated with material characteristics and surface roughness of epoxies. Under a constant loading and constant scratch rate testing condition, surface roughness plays little or no role in surface damage formed during the course of this study. Material characteristics influence the damage occurred in terms of variations in elastic recovery, damage pattern and damage mechanism. The variations in scratch head geometry, which, in turn, lead to the variations in magnitude of stress and stress field distribution, give rise to various scratch features on the polymer.
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Wong, J., Sue, H. J., Zeng, K. Y., Li, R., & Mai, Y. W.