Shock, release and Taylor impact of the semicrystalline thermoplastic polytetrafluoroethylene

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The high strain-rate response of polymers is a subject that has gathered interest over recent years due to their increasing engineering importance, particularly in load bearing applications subject to extremes of pressure and strain rate. The current work presents two specific sets of experiments interrogating the effect of dynamic, high-pressure loading in the regime of the phase II to phase III pressure-induced crystalline phase transition in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). These are gas-gun driven plate- and Taylor impact. Together these experiments highlight several effects associated with the dynamic, pressure-induced phase transitions in PTFE. An elevated release wave speed shows evidence of a pressure-induced phase change at a stress commensurate with that observed statically. It is shown that convergence between analytic derivations of release wave speed and the data requires the phase II to III transition to occur. Taylor impact is an integrated test that highlights continuum behavior that has origin in mesoscale response. There is a rapid transition from ductile to brittle behavior observed that occurs at a pressure consistent with this phase transition. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

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Original languageEnglish
Article number074902
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008