Failure characterization of polypropylene block copolymer welded joints

Laura Fasce, Adrián Cisilino, Patricia Frontini, Balazs Marczis, Tibor Czigany

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The failure behavior of polypropylene block copolymer double-V welded joints was investigated. Joints were prepared using the hot-gas welding technique at varying gas temperatures in the range of 230-260 C. Uniaxial tensile tests, fracture mechanics experiments, several microscopy techniques, and complementary FEM analysis were carried out to assess the quality of filler rods and welding interfaces. The developed interfaces were weaker than the parent material as a consequence of polymer chains segregation during the welding process. The hot-gas temperature had a marked effect on the failure behavior of the welds. The highest interface toughness was attained at the highest gas welding temperature used at which, polymer chains were able to quickly diffuse into the parent material enlarging the distance of penetration and hence the micro-deformation capability of the joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1062-1069
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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