Teilprojekt P8 - Fracture in Polymer Composites: Meso to Macro

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: Fracture across Scales: Integrating Mechanics, Materials Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics (FRASCAL)

Overall project speaker:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul Steinmann (Lehrstuhl für Technische Mechanik)


Project Details

Project leader:
PD Dr. Julia Mergheim
Prof. Dr. Dirk Zahn


Contributing FAU Organisations:
Professur für Theoretische Chemie
Technische Fakultät
Zentralinstitut für Scientific Computing (ZISC)

Funding source: DFG / Graduiertenkolleg (GRK)
Acronym: GRK2423 - P8
Start date: 02/01/2019
End date: 30/06/2023


Abstract (technical / expert description):

The mechanical properties and the fracture toughness of polymers can be
increased by adding silica nanoparticles. This increase is
mainly caused by the development of localized shear bands, initiated by
the stress concentrations due to the silica particles. Other mechanisms
responsible for the observed toughening are debonding of the particles
and void growth in the matrix material. The particular mechanisms depend
strongly on the structure and chemistry of the polymers and will be
analysed for two classes of polymer-silica composites, with highly
crosslinked thermosets or with biodegradable nestled fibres (cellulose,
aramid) as matrix materials.

The aim of the project is to study the influence of different mesoscopic
parameters, as particle volume fraction, on the macroscopic fracture
properties of nanoparticle reinforced polymers.


Last updated on 2019-20-02 at 13:14