Interfacial fracture of thin polymer films on aluminum

A. Strojny, N. R. Moody, J. A. Emerson, W. R. Even, W. W. Gerberich

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In this study we combined nanoindentation techniques with mechanics-based models to determine interfacial fracture energies in a 16 μm thick styrene-acrylate film on T-6061 aluminum sheet and a 1.6 μm thick Epon 828/T403 epoxy film on sputtered aluminum. For the styrene-acrylate film, interfacial fracture occurred at a fracture energy of 8.9 J/m2. The epoxy film failed much more readily with a fracture energy of 0.2 J/m2. However, the addition of an adhesion-promoting interlayer improved the epoxy film performance to the point where the films did not fail even when the indentations exceeded the film thickness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)FF5.13.1-FF5.13.6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2000
EventInterfaces, Adhesion and Processing in Polymer Systems - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 24 2000Apr 27 2000

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Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of U.S. DOE Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. A. Strojny and W. W. Gerberich also acknowledge the support of the Center for Interfacial Engineering at the University of Minnesota under grant NSF/CDR-8721551.


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