Toughening mechanisms of rubber toughened PMMA

Translated title of the contribution: Toughening mechanisms of rubber toughened PMMA

Mitsugu Todo, Kiyoshi Takahashi, P. Y.Ben Jar, Philippe Béguelin

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    2 Citations (Scopus)


    Toughening mechanisms of three types of rubber toughened poly (methyl methacrylate) (RT-PMMA) were investigated under mode I loading condition by optical and electron microscopies in conjunction with the quantitative evaluation of mode I fracture toughness. Polarized optical microscopy clearly exhibited damage zone development ahead of a crack-tip of the RT-PMMAs. The three RT-PMMAs revealed different shapes of the damage zone. Transmission electron microscopy exhibited microcrazes nucleated in the equator of rubber particles within the damage zones. Extensive deformation of rubber particles corresponding to localized shear yielding of the PMMA matrix was also found in a region close to a propagating crack-tip. In addition, cavitation of rubber particles was observed in the vicinity of the crack. It is therefore understood that the toughening of the RT-PMMAs is due to energy dissipation caused by the microdamage formations such as microcrazing, matrix shear deformation and rubber particle cavitation ahead of the crack-tip.

    Translated title of the contributionToughening mechanisms of rubber toughened PMMA
    Original languageJapanese
    Pages (from-to)432-438
    Number of pages7
    JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
    Issue number631
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


    Dive into the research topics of 'Toughening mechanisms of rubber toughened PMMA'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this